NEWS ABOUT: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Parade Balloons Will Fly After All

Winds cooperate with NYC festivities

(Newser) - Snoopy, Spider-Man, and the rest of the iconic balloons have gotten the all-clear to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. There were fears the balloons could be grounded if windy conditions from a storm that snarled holiday travel along the East Coast picked up. But... More »

For 2nd Time Ever, Macy's Parade Balloons May Not Fly

High winds could ground them tomorrow

(Newser) - The storm bearing down on the East Coast with a messy mix of snow, rain, and wind is threatening to ground giant balloon versions of Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The iconic characters that soar between the Manhattan skyscrapers every year may not... More »

Macy's Parade Woe: Uproar Over SeaWorld Float

But Macy's isn't budging

(Newser) - What with the considerable hoopla surrounding Blackfish, the recent documentary about the SeaWorld whale that killed a trainer in 2010, perhaps this was not the best year for SeaWorld to decide to have its first-ever float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Animal activists including PETA are protesting the... More »

Macy's Parade Confetti: Shredded Confidential Docs...

And not well-shredded

(Newser) - Oops: Observers at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade were surprised to discover that the confetti landing on their coats contained confidential information including social security numbers and banking info. One paradegoer tells WPIX his friend first noticed a Social Security number on one piece of confetti, then found more... More »

Viewers Hated Matt Lauer as Macy's Parade Host

Time for him to retire, suggests one tweet

(Newser) - Is Matt Lauer getting too old to host the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade coverage for NBC? Twitter seems to think so. Some of the harshest tweets directed at Lauer yesterday, as rounded up by the New York Post :
  • @WrongImpression : "Dear Matt Lauer, RETIRE. YOU LOOK LIKE A CROTCHETY
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Clown Dies in Front of Macy's Parade Viewers

Robert Blasetti went into cardiac arrest while making balloon animals

(Newser) - A sad footnote to yesterday's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade : A man dressed as a clown died while marching in the event, beside his similarly dressed wife and in front of spectators. The New York Post reports that Robert Blasetti, 67, went into cardiac arrest while making balloon animals... More »

Macy's Parade Cheers NYC After Storm

Elf on a Shelf, Papa Smurf join Thanksgiving lineup

(Newser) - The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off in New York today, putting a festive mood in the air in a city still coping with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The young, and the young at heart, were delighted by the sight and sound of marching bands, performers and,... More »

Let's Stop Wasting Precious Helium on Giant Balloons

Our supply is dwindling, and helium matters

(Newser) - This story may leave you feeling a bit deflated. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a waste of the world's dwindling helium supply, argue Miriam Krule and Noam Prywes for Slate , and it may be time to put a pin in the balloons. Earth's supply of 1.... More »

Oops: Idol Winner Has Lip Sync Miss at Macy's Parade

Scotty McCreery is a wee bit off

(Newser) - Entertainers of the world, we understand you need to lip sync every now and then. All we ask is that you at least come close to making it look real. Today at the Macy's parade, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery most definitely did not, notes the Huffington Post . The... More »

A Great Day for Parades

Shrek, SpongeBob, Snoopy soar through Manhattan

(Newser) - Along with food and football, Thanksgiving brings a heaping serving of parades, from the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the country's longest-running at 90, to the Macy's tradition in Manhattan, which today bypassed Broadway for the first time in its 83 years. Miss America Katie Stam shared the Statue of Liberty... More »

NBC Turns Down PETA Ad

Commercial, intended for Macy's parade, has no disturbing images

(Newser) - This is the ad PETA wanted to run during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but NBC shot them down, saying it “does not meet NBC Universal Standards.” As you can see in the video, there’s nary an offensive image, just a little girl describing the horrors... More »

Take the Turkey Escape Route

For many, a day with the extended family is not something to be thankful for

(Newser) - If a day of cooking, arbitrating between warring family members, and washing dishes doesn't sound like a holiday to you, make it a vacation for the whole family by getting out of town. Forbes Traveler recommends Blackberry Farms in Tennessee, a farmhouse resort whose Thanksgiving festivities include a turkey fry,... More »

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