Numerous onlookers lined the streets of New York on Thursday as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade brought in the holiday season with the aid of colourful, high-flying balloons.
The almost century-old yearly custom filled the streets as a flood of enormous inflatables and floats travelled more than 40 blocks from Central Park to Herald Square.
In generally clear skies with a mild wind, kids perched on metal barriers and hung from scaffolding to see the balloons.
“I love blue. Blue is there, “As his father helped balance him and his 4-year-old brother Aanu Aryan on a metal rail, 6-year-old Divyam Kumar screamed.
The small child was referring to the lead character in the animated series “Blue’s Clues,” who should not be mistaken with the world-famous Australian cow dog Bluey, who was making her parade debut.
Bluey’s balloon was the size of seven taxi taxis and stood as tall as a four-story skyscraper.
There to entertain the throng was Stuart, the one-eyed Minion.
Once again making an appearance were Papa Smurf, Ronald McDonald, SpongeBob, and Snoopy, costumed as an astronaut.
16 enormous balloons, 28 floats, 40 novelty and historical inflatables, 12 marching bands, 10 performing groups, 700 clowns, and one Santa Claus made up this year’s procession.
Singer Paula Abdul, making her first parade appearance, boy band Big Time Rush, indie pop band Fitz and the Tantrums, “Blue’s Clues & You!” host Josh Dela Cruz, singer Gloria Estefan, gospel singer Kirk Franklin, actor Mario Lopez, reggae star Ziggy Marley, and Miss America 2022 Emma Broyles joined the procession of characters.
The performers Joss Stone, Jordin Sparks, and Betty Who as well as Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland, and Flula Borg from Peacock’s “Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin” will take part in the celebrations. The Roots and Jimmy Fallon will be riding a float honouring Central Park.
Like he did the year before, President Biden and Jill Biden attended the procession. The first responders, including police officers, firemen, and first responders, were praised by Vice President Biden.
They expressed their gratitude to the soldiers, and Biden promised to get in touch with some of them today.
When asked about their plans for the day on Nantucket, the Bidens said that they would spend time with relatives and thank local first responders.
Photo Credits: https://www.npr.org/ Andres Kudacki/AP
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