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50 things to be thankful for

  1. The armed forces
  2. kittens
  3. friends who don’t let your failures bring you down
  4. friends who don’t let your successes get to your head
  5. volunteer first aid and firemen
  6. fireflies on freshly a cut lawn
  7. parents
  8. freedom of religion
  9. hot tea with lemon
  10. poetry and music that speaks to your soul
  11. cold medicine
  12. daffodils
  13. a boss who inspires you
  14. fluffy down comforters
  15. Grandmothers
  16. faith
  17. a full moon
  18. vitamins
  19. cloth napkins
  20. pine needles under giant forests of trees
  21. hammocks
  22. coaches
  23. the giggle of a baby
  24. a snow day
  25. teachers who care
  26. puppies
  27. a rainbow after a drizzle
  28. antibiotics
  29. brothers and sisters
  30. the sweetness of strawberries
  31. the Macy’s Parade
  32. coupons
  33. seeing eye dogs
  34. lazy Sundays
  35. kind strangers
  36. good doctors and nurses
  37. a spouse that totally gets you
  38. peanut butter
  39. ice cold lemonade
  40. sunsets
  41. memories
  42. a night out under the stars
  43. free public libraries
  44. ice cream
  45. soft breeze through a window at night
  46. salt water taffy
  47. freedom of speech
  48. red wine
  49. barbecues
  50. the right to vote

Macy’s 85th Thanksgiving Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started in 1924 and is tied with Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade for the second oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States. The oldest parade is four years older and is held in Philadelphia. The Macy’s parade was suspended 1942–1944 during World War II, owing to the need for rubber and helium in the war effort.

In the early years, the Macy’s Parade featured Macy’s employees and animals from the Central Park Zoo. At the end of that first parade, as has been the case with every parade since, Santa Claus was welcomed into Herald Square, kicking off the holiday season.

An air filled Felix the Cat balloon replaced the live animals in 1927. By the next year, helium was used to fill the expanding cast of balloons. The first Mickey Mouse balloon entered the parade in 1934, and the Marx Brothers balloon was debuted in 1935. The Uncle Sam balloon in 1938 was followed by the 1939 arrival of the first version of the Super Man balloon.1972 saw the arrival of Astronaut Snoopy, a tribute to Apollo 11, and Garfield arrived in 1984. Bugs Bunny arrived in 1989 and Barney the Dinosaur arrived in 1994. 2004 brought SpongBob SquarePants and 2007 brought Shrek. New arrivals for 2011 are a new version of Sonic the Hedgehog, Julius, and Tim Burton’s B.

The Parade features live performances as well as the balloons and floats that are so famous. The Radio City Rockettes are a classic performance, as are high school marching bands, cheerleaders, and dancers from all over the country. This year’s performances include Rodney Atkins, the Big Apple Circus, Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond, and the Sesame Street cast.

Broadway show performers also appear in the Parade every year. This year, you can expect performances from Spider Man: Turn off the Dark, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Sister Act.

The 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street, features footage from the 1946 parade and helped make the parade a permanent part of American culture.

More than 3 million people watch the parade in person and another 50 million watch it on NBC. The three-hour event starts at 9:00 a.m. To watch it in person,  there are 2 miles of curbside  viewing along Central Park West, Central Park South, 7th Avenue between 59th and 48th Streets, and 6th Avenue  between 42nd and 34th streets.

For some people, the day before the parade is just as much fun. Balloons are inflated the day before the parade on 77th and 81st Streets between Central park West and Columbus Avenue. Public viewing is from 3pm-10 pm.

Tips for seeing the parade can be found here.

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