Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Dozens of Protesters Arrested at Macy's Parade

Some pro-Palestinian demonstrators glued themselves to Sixth Avenue

(Newser) - The NYPD says 34 people were arrested Thursday in connection with protests that briefly disrupted the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at various points. Some pro-Palestinian protesters jumped barricades and glued themselves to Sixth Avenue CNN reports. The protesters, who wore jumpsuits covered in fake blood, glued themselves to the...

Beagle Scout Snoopy Balloon Debuts in Macy's Parade

NYC event was briefly interrupted by protesters

(Newser) - Beloved characters like Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants soared through the skies above New York City on Thursday and bands marched along the streets below as the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ushered in the holiday season. The parade started on Manhattan's Upper West Side making its way alongside...

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Ushers in Holiday Season

Bidens called in to annual NYC event

(Newser) - Throngs of spectators lined the streets of New York on Thursday as colorful, high-flying balloons helped usher in the holiday season during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The annual tradition, which dates back nearly a century, packed streets as a procession of giant inflatables and floats streamed for more...

In NYC, Thanksgiving Parade a 'Sign of Our Rebirth'

Spectators were back, with precautions, after COVID marred last year's Macy's spectacular

(Newser) - Crimped by the coronavirus pandemic last year, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returned Thursday in full, though with precautions. Balloons, floats, marching bands, clowns, and performers—and, of course, Santa Claus—once again began wending Thursday morning though 2 1/2 miles of Manhattan streets, instead of being confined to...

Macy's Takes Heat Over 'Diverse Dance Group'

Social media posts criticize 'reductive description' of 100-year-old Black sorority

(Newser) - There was a problem with a cheery Macy's tweet introducing an entry in its Thanksgiving Day Parade. "What's that sound, you ask? Why it's the diverse dance group, Zeta Phi Beta Steppers!" the Thursday post said. "Performing a special routine they put together to...

Fans Wowed That Kelly Clarkson Didn't Lip-Sync

Singer brought her own band, with horn section, to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

(Newser) - John Legend headed onto Twitter to defend the majority of artists—including himself—who've lip-synced their way through performances in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, per PopSugar . It's technical, he wrote , explaining that the floats performers ride on "don't have the capacity to handle the...

Cold, Wind Didn't Stop Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

'Ohhh, I'm freezing and numb, but excited'

(Newser) - Frigid temperatures and blustery winds were no match for holiday cheer as giant character balloons took to the skies, and performers on floats and marching bands made their way through New York City's streets on Thursday for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. SpongeBob, Charlie Brown, the Grinch and other...

This Might Be Coldest Thanksgiving in a Century

Macy's parade in NYC will be especially frigid

(Newser) - It's a double dose of bad news for anyone planning to take in the Macy's Thanksgiving parade in person: First, it could be the coldest Thanksgiving in a century, and, second, it's possible that winds will ground the balloons, reports the Daily News . Like other cities throughout...

14 Unusual Dogs Will Help Protect the Macy's Parade

Security measures include radiation detectors

(Newser) - New faces and old favorites will fly, float, and march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as police go all-out to secure it in a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering spots. One of the nation's biggest outdoor holiday events, the parade makes its way through 2....

Macy's Parade Goes Off Without a Hitch

Security was tight amid fears of ISIS attack

(Newser) - The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, led by a giant inflatable Charlie Brown balloon, stepped off Thursday amid heavy crowds and a strong police presence. Costumed characters mingled with revelers and crowds cheered as clowns on bicycles rode by carrying bundles of balloons. Security measures this year included sanitation...

To Prevent Terror at Macy's Parade: 80 Dump Trucks

The trucks weigh about 16 tons empty and up to twice that with sand

(Newser) - Fans of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade who come to see the soaring SpongeBob and Snoopy balloons may get a far less heartwarming sight this year: giant dump trucks filled with sand. More than 80 city sanitation trucks will be used at intersections and other strategic spots along the...

Macy's Parade Had Tightest-Ever Security

More than 2.5K cops lined Manhattan route

(Newser) - Giant balloons took to the clear, sunny sky over midtown Manhattan on Thursday for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, with spectators lining up along the parade route and a heavy police presence keeping a watchful eye. The parade, in its 89th year, included marching bands and floats to...

Ferguson Protesters Halted at Macy's Parade

Several arrested upon trying to enter parade's path

(Newser) - As New York celebrated at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade today, protesters over events in Ferguson, Mo. , gathered at the scene—but it seems they didn't make much headway, nor did they make it into NBC's telecast, Mashable reports. Several chanting protesters were reportedly arrested when they tried...

Naked 'Orcas' to Protest SeaWorld at Macy's Parade

Activists wearing only body paint will squeeze into bathtub

(Newser) - Next Thursday is a day to give thanks for family, life's blessings, and the fact that we're not shivering naked at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But PETA activists are doing just that in protest of the SeaWorld float by sporting only black-and-white body paint to resemble...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Viewers Hated Matt Lauer as Macy's Parade Host
Viewers Hated Matt Lauer
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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

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...

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