Macy’s 89th Annual Parade

Staff Writer: Sydney Torres

Perhaps one of the best Thanksgiving activities to partake in (aside from stuffing your face with starch and tryptophan) is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is a tradition that has been enjoyed since 1924 and one that seems to only get better with time.

This year’s parade route stretched two and a half miles, starting at 77th Street and Central Park West and ending in front of Macy’s Herald Square. More than 3.5 million people line the streets of New York City every year to watch this spectacle unfold, a spectacle that is made possible by more than 8,000 volunteers who help run it.

The parade consists of different marching bands and celebrity performers as well as the famous floats, balloons and balloonicles (balloon vehicles). Some of this year’s guests consisted of Trey Songz, Mariah Carey and Shawn Mendez who performed musical numbers throughout the parade.

More excitement came with the introduction of new balloons such as the fourth version of the Ronald McDonald float as well as Angry Bird’s “Red”. However, regardless of the enticement brought by the new balloons, the novelty balloons could never be outdone. Classics such as Virginia, the star of one of Macy’s editorials from 1897, as well as a recreation of Universal Studios’ 1940 Happy Hippo balloon filled the air (literally) with holiday spirit.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a classic tradition that will likely occur for decades (and hopefully centuries) to come. It is timeless representation of the importance of Thanksgiving in our nation’s history. It allows people today to carry on the joy that is tied with the holiday season that was started so long ago.

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