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    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago's Thanksgiving Day Parade is back this year.This year marks the 87th year of the parade, which will feature hundreds of performers, beloved mascot Teddy Turkey, Santa Claus marching bands, floats, and more.Several hundred thousand people visitors are expected to line the streets to watch.The parade kicks off at 8 a.m. at Ida B. Wells Drive and the route goes northbound on State Street to Randolph Street.Chicago restaurants open on Thanksgiving DayResidents can expect intermittent street closures between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. and parking restrictions will be in effect in the area."Public safety is the number one priority for all special events hosted within the City of Chicago," said Rich Guidice, Executive Director, OEMC. "We work closely with event organizers months in advance to plan and refine security measures implemented each year through tabletop exercises, safety plan enhancements and modifications to ensure the safety and security of event attendees and staff."How to cook turkey: Recipes, cooking times for Thanksgiving from ButterballSpectators are encouraged to use public transportation.
    Old Kris Kringle will be wearing a red suit and riding behind a (RED) truck in New York City on Thursday. The float carrying Santa's sleigh in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be towed by a (RAM)RED edition 1500 pickup. Jeep®, FIAT and Ram Partner with (RED)® to become first multi-brand automotive partners; announce special  (Jeep)RED, (FIAT) RED and (Ram)RED editions to help fight pandemics ( ) The special edition truck is being offered for the 2022 model year through a partnership with Bono's (RED) project and a portion of the proceeds from each sale are being donated to the Global Fund to help fight future pandemics. 2022 Ram 1500 (RAM)RED Edition badge This year marks the seventh in a row that Ram has sponsored the parade and all of the floats in the parade will be towed by various Ram trucks. Last year Santa hitched with the 702 hp Ram 1500 TRX. NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 26: A view of Santa Claus's sleigh float, pulled by a red Ram TRX Truck, at the 94th Annual...
    NBC Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Here is what you need to know about the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade start time, channel, performers lineup, TV hosts and more. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Time: The parade airs from 9 a.m. to noon in each time zone. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Channel: NBC is broadcasting the parade for the 69th year. The Peacock became the official home of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1953. CBS also broadcasts its own unofficial coverage of the parade. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade TV Hosts: “Today” anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will host the broadcast for NBC and Peacock. The Telemundo Spanish-language simulcast will be hosted by Ana Jurka, Carlos Adyan, Freddy Lomelí, and the reigning Miss Universe Andrea Meza. On CBS, the hosts are “Entertainment Tonight’s” Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade TV Performers: Performers on the NBC broadcast include Carrie Underwood, aespa, Jimmie Allen, Jon Batiste, the “Blue’s Clues” hosts, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Jordan Fisher, Foreigner, the cast of Peacock’s “Girls5eva” (Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise...
    Macy’s / Twitter Snoopy and Captain Kirk both appeared in the 1968 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For Americans all over the nation, the Thanksgiving holiday represents a time for families to gather together and appreciate what they have. Sometimes that means a good meal featuring the traditional fare, including cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, stuffing, and turkey.  While eating is a big part of the day, what is on the television too plays a significant role as well. The National Football League has thrown its flag in the middle of Thanksgiving, broadcasting three games. But before kickoff and the cheers of sports fans ring out from living rooms coast to coast, the broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is nearly as important. Starting in 1924, the parade used to be a celebration of the Christmas holiday. It looked very different from what fans have come to expect today. According to the New York Times, when the parade started, it was a “procession,” which featured animals from the Central Park Zoo, including tigers and elephants.  When the famous balloons...
    BRONX (WABC) -- An investigation is underway after authorities say two police officers were injured in a shooting in the Bronx on Wednesday night.The shooting was reported on East 187th Street and Beaumont Avenue around 8:15 p.m.The details surrounding the shooting were not yet known, but both officers are expected to survive.Police say the suspect is in custody.Few other details were released.RELATED | Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Street closures, balloon inflation, performers and moreEMBED More News Videos Kemberly Richardson checks out the six new floats for the 95th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. ----------* More Bronx news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    Watch Part 2 Watch The Conclusion NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — While most of us spent the night before Thanksgiving prepping for the big feast, the people at Macy’s spend it on the Upper West Side, inflating the balloons the will fly down the parade route. CBS2’s Jessica Moore and Lonnie Quinn were there Wednesday night to welcome back the tradition, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic. This year, the parade will feature six new balloons, including Ada Twist the Scientist, Baby Yoda and Pikachu and Eevee. One float is making history this year. The “Celebration Gator” is the longest float to ever go down the parade route. The colorful reptile is 60 feet from mouth to tail and is a tribute to the culture of Louisiana. The float will also feature a familiar face — Jon Batiste, the bandleader from “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS2. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation Celebration Returns On Upper West Side Macy’s Getting Ready For Its Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade; CBS2 Gets A Sneak Peek...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Bands from around the world travel to the Big Apple for the parade of the season, but one school marching band is a “force” to be reckoned with. You will hear them before you see them. Hampton University’s Marching Force is taking the Tri-State Area by storm. READ MORE: Police Officer Struck By Vehicle In BrooklynHampton was the only Historically Black College or University to get an invitation to the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. A series of pop-up pep rallies at NJIT and Science Park HS in Newark, New Jersey, and at Central Park, were all part of the plan for band director and HU alum Dr. Thomas L. Jones, Jr. “They have their drill, they have their music and everything,” Jones said, “but at the same time, they are not ready because they don’t know what the spectacle is like.” Jones has been in the parade before, marching while working with the Brooklyn Steppers. This, however, will be his first time in command. “For me, it’s that added pressure,” said Jones. “It’s that bit...
    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- An Eyewitness News Thanksgiving tradition continued Wednesday for a 9th straight year!Michelle Charlesworth covered the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation with the help of two special correspondents - her children Jack and Isabelle.Charlesworth handed off the WABC microphone to her two cub reporters, who gave a behind-the-scenes look at the inflation of the giant balloons that you will see at this year's parade.EMBED More News Videos Kimberly Richardson with the latest on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as it returns to the streets of New York City for its 95th march. Isabelle says that seeing how big the balloons are never ceases to amaze her.After 9 years, Eyewitness News took a look back on some of Jack and Isabelle's earliest reports.What are their favorite balloons this year?Isabelle chose Snoopy the astronaut!"It's Snoopy the Astronaut, maybe he'll be in space with Michael Strahan -- I can't believe he's doing it," Isabelle said.RELATED | Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Street closures, balloon inflation, performers and moreEMBED More News VideosKemberly Richardson checks out the six new floats for...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been synonymous with the holiday for nearly 100 years. Over that time, it has gone from wild animals, to mega floats, to a balloon theft by a plane. CBS2’s Steve Overmyer has many more surprising parade facts. READ MORE: Preview Of The Macy's Thanksgiving Day ParadeAhh, the splendor, pageantry and helium-filled magnificence. The Macy’s parade started in 1924 and was only two blocks long. The animals weren’t made of rubber. They were on loan from the Central Park Zoo. “It must’ve been so magical and unbelievable. Interestingly enough, by 1927 they stopped with the zoo animals because they scared the children along the way,” said Valerie Paley, chief historian for the New York Historical Society. Originally known as “The Christmas Parade,” it was a way for the nation’s largest store to give the season of shopping a jumpstart. “Culminating with a Santa Claus at the very end of the parade unveiling the holiday windows on 34th Street,” Paley said. (Photo: CBS2) The first St. Nick was less jolly...
    DETROIT (AP) — The 95th America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit will step off Thursday morning with beefed up security in place along the route. Major intersections along Woodward Avenue will see heavier police protection following the deaths of six people and injuries to more than 60 others when an SUV plowed into marchers and spectators during a weekend parade in Wisconsin. READ MORE: 15-Year-Old Charged In Attempted Sexual Assault Inside Plymouth Restroom There also will be limited to no access from side streets and main arteries directly into Woodward. Police vehicles, heavy machinery from the city’s Public Works department and heavy barriers will be placed strategically along the route to prevent breeches, according to Detroit Deputy Police Chief Franklin Hayes. The parade is presented by Gardner White furniture. It is scheduled to start about 8:45 a.m. near Wayne State University. Floats, marching bands, clowns, dignitaries and others then will walk or drive the 3-mile route into downtown. READ MORE: Detroit Tire Shop Hosting Free Community Coat Drive An 8-year-old boy is among those who died after marchers and spectators...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade set to welcome back crowds this year, expect to see a heightened police presence. Thousands of officers will be on hand Thursday to make sure the holiday tradition stays safe, CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported Wednesday. READ MORE: Preview Of The Macy's Thanksgiving Day ParadeIt will be the type of security you’d expect to see, but the NYPD says there will be so much more going on behind the scenes to keep people safe. The return of the beloved Macy’s balloon inflation celebration was a welcome sign for residents and visitors alike. “It feels great. We’re very happy that things are starting to open up again,” said Nathan Carleton of Sacramento, California. “It feels good to get things sort of back to normal and all, so I’m happy with it,” added Brian Bubenik of upstate Warwick. Masks and vaccine cards were new requirements this year. Street closures started at 7 a.m. Wednesday, as barriers kept traffic away from the large crowds. More closures have been added for Thursday morning’s parade. The...
    WASHINGTON -- Authorities have identified the remains of a World War II soldier from New Jersey who was killed in Germany and buried in Belgium.Scientists used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as DNA, to determine the remains were Army Sgt. Larry Wassil of Bloomfield, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said on Monday.Wassil, 33, was leading a three-man reconnaissance team scouting enemy positions during the Hürtgen Forest offensive, near Hürtgen, Germany, on Dec. 28, 1944, when they took enemy machine gun fire and scattered, officials said.Two of the men found each other, but Wassil was missing and presumed dead.An agency historian determined remains originally discovered by German wood cutters and recovered in 1952, possibly were Wassil, the agency said. They were disinterred from the Ardennes American Cemetery in 2019 and sent for examination and identification.Wassil will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.RELATED | Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Street closures, balloon inflation, performers and moreEMBED More News Videos Kemberly Richardson checks out the six new floats for the 95th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago's Thanksgiving Day Parade is back this year.The parade kicks off at 8:45 a.m. at Ida B. Wells Drive and the route goes northbound on State Street to Randolph Street.The parade will feature more than 80 units including giant helium balloons, floats, marching bands, celebrities, animals and more.Chicago restaurants open on Thanksgiving DayResidents can expect intermittent street closures between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. and parking restrictions will be in effect in the area."Public safety is the number one priority for all special events hosted within the City of Chicago," said Rich Guidice, Executive Director, OEMC. "We work closely with event organizers months in advance to plan and refine security measures implemented each year through tabletop exercises, safety plan enhancements and modifications to ensure the safety and security of event attendees and staff."How to cook turkey: Recipes, cooking times for Thanksgiving from ButterballSpectators are encouraged to use public transportation.
    Share this: Growing up in Chicago, Broadway star Brittney Mack faithfully watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV after fulfilling her own parade duties. Now she’s getting ready to bundle up, hit the streets of Manhattan and be part of the big one for the first time. Mack, who plays one of the wives of Henry VIII in the hit musical “Six,” is slated to perform a mashup of some of its songs live Thursday with her castmates and band in front of a televised audience of millions. “I’ve got my long johns and it’s going to be epic,” she says. “I finally get to meet Snoopy. That’s really my dream — to see the big Snoopy balloon, honestly.”
    The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is back. The parade will return to Manhattan with in-person attendance for its 95th march on Thursday at 9 a.m., according to a press release from Macy's. "For more than nine decades, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has served to bring joy to millions, who gather with friends and family to experience this one-of-a-kind holiday celebration along the streets of New York City and in homes nationwide," said Will Coss, executive producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 'LOOTING' DEEMED RACIST TERM, CALIFORNIA EXPERIENCING 'ORGANIZED ROBBERY' "For our 95th celebration, Macy's has created a spectacle to remember featuring a dazzling array of high-flying balloons, animated floats and incredible performers," he said. "We can't wait to help New York City and the nation kick-off the holiday season with the return of this cherished tradition." A float carrying the characters Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus rolls along at it nears the end of the modified Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Due to the pandemic, crowds...
    Getty It is time once again for the annual Turkey Day tradition of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year is it’s 95th extravaganza, broadcast on NBC, which has been the parade’s official broadcast home since 1953. “Today” show anchors Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker are hosting the festivities for NBC, while Ana Jurka and Carlos Adyan, Freddy Lomelí and the current Miss Universe, Andrea Meza, will anchor the Spanish-language simulcast on Telemundo. Here’s what you need to know about the performers and performance lineup. The Celebrity Appearances Play Get A Sneak Peek At The New Balloons In The 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeWill Coss, the executive producer of Macy’s branded entertainment, joins Weekend TODAY’s Peter Alexander and Kristen Welker with a preview of the balloons that will be trotted through New York City on Thanksgiving Day. » Subscribe to TODAY: on.today.com/SubscribeToTODAY » Watch the latest from TODAY: bit.ly/LatestTODAY About: TODAY brings you the latest headlines and expert…2021-11-13T16:00:05Z Headlining the celebrity appearances are “Dancing With the Stars” alumni Jimmie Allen, Andy Grammer, Nelly, and Jordan...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Upper West Side will be packed with onlookers Wednesday as they try to get a glimpse of the giant balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The inflation celebration will be open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. at 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue. Gusts must provide proof of vaccination and a photo ID. READ MORE: As Holiday Travel Picks Up Again, Lawmakers Call For COVID Restrictions For Domestic FlightsWATCH: Macy’s Parade Executive Producer On What To Expect This Year  READ MORE: Tri-State Area Airports Already Bustling With Thanksgiving Travelers; Experts Say Pack Your PatienceCBS2’s got a sneak peek earlier this month when some of the balloons were inflated at Citi Field. The performers are also getting ready for the big parade. Macy’s tweeted a video of the Rockettes practicing on 34th Street. Here's a sneak peek at the @rockettes #MacysParade performance! ????‍♀️♀ Who’s getting excited for Thursday?! pic.twitter.com/rlVu7c0KIo — Macy's (@Macys) November 24, 2021 MORE NEWS: Bergen County NAACP, Rep. Gottheimer Organize Turkey Giveaway In Teaneck To Help Those In NeedIf...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Fifteen giant character balloons are being inflated ahead of their Thanksgiving Day flights.From noon until 6 p.m. today, vaccinated guests can watch the balloons be inflated for the 95th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.In addition, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables are also being pumped up.The new class of balloons includes Ada Twist, Scientist by Netflix; a Funko Pop! inspired Grogu (a.k.a. Baby Yoda in pop culture) from the Star Wars series "The Mandalorian," Ronald McDonald by McDonald's USA and Pikachu & Eevee by The Pokémon International Company.For access, guests must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (Original CDC card, Mobile app including the NYC COVID Safe App, NY State Excelsior Pass, CLEAR Health Pass, or photo of their vaccination card), plus matching photo ID. A negative test will not be accepted in lieu of vaccinated status. Children under the age of 12 who are unvaccinated may be accompanied by a vaccinated adult. Masks are required throughout.The public entrance point can only be accessed at 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue.Featured Balloons On 77th Street- Tiptoe (NEW)- Aida...
    Getty The Hallmark Channel float at the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Hallmark Channel is contributing a float to the 95th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Dubbed “The Heartwarming Holiday Countdown,” the float is a three-dimensional calendar counting down the days of December until Christmas. It’s decked out with some of the most iconic symbols of Christmas from snowmen to nutcrackers to stockings hung by a blazing fireplace. According to the Macy’s website, if the candy canes on the float were real, they’d have over 32,000 calories. In a video on Hallmark Channel’s website, John Piper, the Vice President of Macy’s Parade Studio, explains that all floats are created at the Macy’s Studio in New Jersey and then transported to Manhattan. Since the floats must travel through the Lincoln Tunnel, they have to be dismantled and then reassembled before the parade begins. Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas will perform on the Hallmark Channel float. Thomas told Us Weekly that he was inspired by Hallmark Christmas movies while writing his new Christmas album, “Something About Christmas Time.” The album...
    UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- With Thanksgiving just days away, at-home COVID test kits are in high demand as families look for extra reassurance for holiday gatherings.At-home COVID tests might just be a pre-Thanksgiving requirement for guests gathering around the dinner table on Thursday.Charles Tabouchirani owns and operates Cherry's Pharmacy on Manhattan's Upper East Side."Actually, in the last week, less than a week we've seen an increase demand in people asking for at-home testing," pharmacist Tabouchirani said.For many families, the Thanksgiving holiday reunion represents the first time in two years that grandma and grandpa get to see the grandkids, a vulnerable position for seniors embracing young kids who may not be vaccinated just yet.RELATED | Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Street closures, balloon inflation, performers and moreEMBED More News Videos Kemberly Richardson checks out the six new floats for the 95th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. That's why a negative COVID test result would ease the concern of the parents hosting the holiday feast."I am going to mom and dad's house on Thursday," Brooklyn resident Stephanie Medina said. "We all...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – For some New Yorkers, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is as traditional as pumpkin pie. Last year, the global pandemic scaled back the festivities to keep everyone safe. READ MORE: N.Y. Attorney General Launches Investigation Into Babylon High School Sex Abuse AllegationsBut this Thursday, the marching bands, floats and giant balloons will be back and better than ever. READ MORE: Suspect In Custody After 13-Year-Old Boy Shot On Way To School In The BronxCBS2’s Dana Tyler spoke with Will Coss, executive producer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. MORE NEWS: Brian Laundrie Died Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound, Family Attorney SaysThey discuss safety precautions, security measures, the balloon inflation, and much more.
    (CBS DETROIT) – Here’s what you need to know about road closures, bus reroutes, and suggested parking, as thousands of individuals visit downtown Detroit for the Thanksgiving Parade, Turkey Trot, and the Detroit Lions game on Thursday, Nov. 25. Road Closures READ MORE: Kellogg's To Hire Replacements For Some Striking Workers After Talks StallOn Wednesday, Nov. 24, the road closures include: Woodward between W. Grand Blvd and Warren to close at 9 a.m. Woodward from Warren to Congress to close at noon. On Thursday, Nov. 25, motorists can cross Woodward at intersections from Warren to Larned until 5 a.m. From W. Grand Blvd. to Larned, Woodward will be entirely closed from 5 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursday. Here’s a list of streets that will close beginning at 5 a.m. on Thursday and then reopen after the Turkey Trot race is complete at around 10 a.m. W. Jefferson from the Lodge Freeway to Cabacier Michigan at Cass Fort Street from Trumbull to Woodward Congress from Shelby to Randolph Larned from Shelby to Randolph Shelby from Congress to...
    (CNN)You know what they say, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is all fun and games until one of the balloons goes down. Since the parade started marching balloons around Manhattan in 1927, the massive floating figures have occasionally come untethered, blown clear away, or been punctured, stabbed, deflated and subjected to all sorts of ignominy. Macys Thanksgiving Parade: 6 fun things you may not knowWhile most of the balloon incidents are at least a little humorous (the hubris of man, to create such beasts!), a small handful of accidents have ended with people being seriously injured. Some of those cases have led the parade's organizers to change the rules regarding their most beloved -- and problematic -- parade participants. After all, a deflated Kermit here and there is just the way the parade floats, but there's nothing festive about people getting hurt. 1927: Felix is released to the giant cat motel in the skyImagine you're a parade-goer in 1927. There was no TV, no Disney World, and the Empire State Building wouldn't be constructed for another few years. Seeing...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A community gathered Monday night to remember the lives lost and those injured after the driver of an SUV plowed into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee. In the wake of the Wisconsin tragedy, Philadelphia police are reassuring families coming out to the city’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Police say there are no threats to the parade. They say they are confident in their security plans. READ MORE: 2 Women Killed In Targeted Attacks As Domestic-Related Homicides Nearly Double In Philadelphia This Year“It’s definitely the highlight of my Thanksgiving,” one woman said. The Thanksgiving Day Parade is back and the excitement is building up. “I am really excited for it. It’s my first time,” a woman said. Last year, the parade was canceled due to the pandemic. Now crews are back in action and prepping for the big day. A large crowd is expected to line the Parkway and it’s something the performers are looking forward to again. “I am just so happy that it is back. It definitely brings normalcy and everything to Thanksgiving,” Abigayle Prinder said....
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The 95th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is returning to its pre-pandemic form this year.Last year's celebration was made for TV only, but this year's parade will include roughly 8,000 marchers through the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, beginning at 9 a.m.The spectacle will once again delight New York City spectators and a national television audience with its signature mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, marching bands, performance groups, celebrities, clowns, and the one-and-only Santa Claus.Here is everything you need to know about the parade:PARADE ROUTEThe Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place on Thursday, November 25th, 2021, and will step off from Central Park West and 77th Street at 9 a.m. The procession marches to Columbus Circle, turns onto Central Park South and proceeds down 6th Avenue to West 34th Street. It then turns west and ends at 7th Avenue, in front of Macy's Herald Square.BALLOON INFLATIONThe balloon inflation will take place on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021, from noon to 6 p.m. Spectators may enter the queue at West 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue. Large...
    MOONACHIE, New Jersey (WABC) -- With less than 10 days before the 95th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the celebration is trying to open up in ways it couldn't last year due to the pandemic.The warehouse in Moonachie, New Jersey looks as intriguing and interesting as Willy Wonka's factory."These are hand sculpted, drivable stages," Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Executive Producer Will Coss said.They are intricate works of art created by a team of carpenters, engineers, painters, electricians and then some.There are six newcomers who will glide along the 2.5-mile route in New York City during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.A total of 28 floats will wow the in-person crowd.RELATED | Vaccinated families can 'feel good' about gathering for holidays, Fauci saysEMBED More News Videos Fauci warned that cases are still high, so people should wear masks when they're out and about in the community and around groups of people in indoor settings. Last year due to the pandemic, folks watched a scaled down version from home.Not so this time. Everyone is pulling out all the stops."From size, scale, spectacle to...
    MOONACHIE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Macy’s is gearing up for the return of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Tuesday, CBS2’s Christina Fan got a sneak peek at some of the floats. READ MORE: Diverse Religious Imagery A Central Theme Of Teaching At Salve Regina Catholic Academy In Brooklyn (credit: CBS2) As Fan reports, the six new floats were constructed at the Macy’s parade studio. They are always pushing the envelope trying to make the parade bigger, flashier, and better. This year’s new floats include “Birds of a Feather Stream Together” by Peacock, “Celebration Gator” by the Louisiana Office of Tourism, “Colossal Wave of Wonder” by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, “Magic Meets the Sea” by Disney Cruise Line, and Tiptoe’s “North Pole.” READ MORE: State Ethics Committee Votes To Rescind Approval Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Book Deal (credit: CBS2) But one float in particular caught Fan’s eye. It is the “Gravy Pirates” by Heinz. That’s because the four piece boat is actually a new parade element called the “Floalloonicle.” As its name suggests it’s part float, part balloon, and part vehicle. “Ninety...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of volunteers are taking giant balloons on test flights Saturday at Citi Field in preparation for the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Teams at the annual Balloonfest make sure the giant characters can withstand wind and other conditions before parade day. READ MORE: Suspect Paulie Velez, 25, Arrested For Rape Of Woman In Central Park“Winds obviously are something that we need to consider on the day. So we’ll work through it, we’ll see how the balloon reacts, and we’ll also create some non-traditional weather experiences just to push it to the limit to see how it reacts,” the parade’s executive producer Will Cross told CBS2’s John Elliott. The test run also helps first-time balloon handlers get the hang of things. READ MORE: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Arrives In New York CityAbout 200 volunteers arrived to help fly the balloons, said the parade’s production director Kathleen Wright. “We have them warm up and get ready. It’s actually pretty tough to be a balloon handler,” Wright said. “We have someone that’s measuring the wind along the...
    THANKSGIVING is famously associated with turkey, parades, and family and is celebrated by millions across the US. With the coronavirus spread more controlled and restrictions lifted, it will be easier for families to reunite for the food and festivities. 5 Thanksgiving is fast approachingCredit: Getty Images - Getty When is Thanksgiving in 2021? In the US this year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 25. The US isn't the only nation to mark Thanksgiving celebrations - Canada, Puerto Rico, Grenada and Liberia do so too. In Canada, the holiday fell on Monday, October 11. 5 Families have a better chance of getting together now that the Covid19 outbreak isCredit: Getty - Contributor What is the history behind Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving's origin story dates back to 1620 when Pilgrims landed on American soil. Unfortunately for those who'd emigrated they were in for a harsh winter with tight rations. When spring came, the settlers were finally able to go and plant crops. They were helped by a Native American, named Squanto. He is fabled to have taught them how to fish and hunt and...
    Macy's hosts the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The parade began in 1924, tying America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit for the title of second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States. 1NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24: Balloon atmosphere at the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)Credit: Getty Who will be the main attraction this year? This year's headliner will be Carrie Underwood, as the event returns to its in-person format after turning virtual due to COVID-19 in 2020. The singer of 'Before He Cheats' will open the Christmas season with a song from her holiday album My Gift , which was released on September 25, 2020. Kristin Chenoweth and Darren Criss will be among the other performers at the parade, as will the cast of Peacock's Girls5eva, Kim Petras, Chris Lane, Andy Grammer, Nelly, Kelly Rowland, and others. Will the parade be held in person this year? This year, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will revert to its pre-pandemic form, with...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is back this year, after a scaled back celebration in 2020. Ahead of the big day, organizers are offering up new details about the lineup of floats and balloons that will make their way on the parade route. READ MORE: Cupcakes Sold In N.Y. And N.J. Recalled Because They May Contain Tiny Pieces Of MetalBaby Yoda will be among the balloons making their debut this year. READ MORE: New York City Mayoral Candidates Eric Adams, Curtis Sliwa Hit The Polls As Campaigns Wind DownThere will also be live performances by Carrie Underwood, and the casts of Broadway’s “Moulin Rouge,” “Six,” and “Wicked.” This will be Macy’s 95th Thanksgiving Day Parade. MORE NEWS: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Looks To Hold Off Challenger Jack CiattarelliFor more information, click here.
    Share this: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will return to its pre-pandemic form this year, with its route restored through Manhattan, high-flying helium balloons once again pulled by handlers and crowds welcomed back to cheer them on. This year’s parade — the 95th annual — will snap back to form after bowing to pandemic restrictions last year. It will feature 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands and nine performance groups and, of course, Santa Claus. New balloon giants joining the line-up on Nov. 25 include Ada Twist, Scientist and the Pokémon characters Pikachu and Eevee. Broadway will be represented by the casts of “Six,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” and “Wicked.” The Rockettes will be there, as will the cast of the upcoming NBC live production of “Annie.”
    Macy's announced the lineup of its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade as it returns to hosting the event as normal, complete with giant balloon floats, live performances — and the addition of Baby Yoda.  “For more than nine decades, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has served to bring joy to millions, who gather with friends and family to experience this one-of-a-kind holiday celebration along the streets of New York City and in homes nationwide,” Will Coss, the parade's executive producer, said in a news release.   In order to produce the event safely, the department store will partner closely with city and state officials to ensure health and safety practices align with CDC guidelines and other relevant protocols, it said. Macy's announced in September that the full spectacle of its Thanksgiving parade would return this year. Its press release on Monday detailed the new additions and safety measures for this year's festivities.  Among the featured floats is a a "Funko Pop! inspired Grogu," also known as Baby Yoda from the hit series The Mandalorian, as well as Pikachu and Eevee from Pokemon.  Carrie Underwood...
    NEW YORK CITY -- The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will return to its pre-pandemic form this year, with its route restored through Manhattan, high-flying helium balloons once again pulled by handlers and crowds welcomed back to cheer them on. And Baby Yoda is joining the party for the first time.This year's parade - the 95th annual - will snap back to form after bowing to pandemic restrictions last year. It will feature 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands and nine performance groups and, of course, Santa Claus.New balloon giants joining the line-up on Nov. 25 include Ada Twist, Scientist; Grogu (so-called Baby Yoda from the "The Mandalorian"); and the Pokémon characters Pikachu and Eevee. Broadway will be represented by the casts of "Six," "Moulin Rouge! The Musical" and "Wicked." The Rockettes will be there, as will the cast of the upcoming NBC live production of "Annie.""For our 95th celebration, Macy's has created a spectacle to remember featuring a dazzling array of high-flying balloons, animated floats and incredible performers....
    The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is set to return this year with spectators and giant helium balloons. It will be on Thursday, Nov. 25 beginning at 9 a.m. Macy's made the announcement on Wednesday, Sept. 8, saying that public viewing will return in New York City for its 95th annual event. Last year, the parade was scaled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and turned into a made-for-television event.  “For our 95th celebration, we are delighted to return this cherished holiday tradition closer to its original form as we march down the streets of New York City and into the homes of a nationwide audience," said Will Coss, Executive Producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The company said it partnered New York City and State officials to create health and safety measures that are in line with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Macy's said all participants and staff will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, and those who receive rare exceptions "based on select extenuating circumstances" will be tested. The company also said participants...
    A full-fledged Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will likely return this November after it was scaled down last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. "We’re very hopeful … that we can do this the full way, the right way, which I think will be a great moment for the comeback of this city," de Blasio said during his daily press briefing. "We’ll be getting more details out as it gets closer, but it’s looking like a good news situation." In November 2020, the annual balloon-filled Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was a deflating experience for the small crowd of spectators who attended the curtailed events amid the pandemic, restrictive NYPD barricades and drizzle. The TV spectators also griped about the viewing experience from their couches. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Before the pandemic, more than 3.5 million parade-watchers gathered in November 2019 along the 2.5-mile route from the Upper West Side to Herald Square. Click here to read more on the New York Post.
    The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is returning to the streets of New York City for its 95th celebration after being curtailed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Macy's made the announcement on Wednesday, Sept. 8, saying the parade will be delight crowds once again on Thursday, Nov. 25 beginning at 9 a.m. This year's parade will feature the signature mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, marching bands, performance groups, celebrities, clowns, and the one-and-only Santa Claus, Macy's said. “We are thrilled to welcome back in its full form the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a world-renowned celebration that ushers in the magic of being in New York City during the holiday season,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.  To once again safely produce the celebration, Macy’s partnered closely with the city and state officials to create an event production plan that would ensure health and safety practices are aligned with current CDC guidelines. For its participants and staff, Macy’s will put in place several health and safety procedures across all areas of the production, including vaccines...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is officially coming back in person. Macy’s announced Wednesday the annual parade is set to march down the streets with public viewing along the route. READ MORE: Ida Resources: How To Report Damage, Find Shelter, Food, Mental Health Support & More Last year, viewing was canceled because of the pandemic. READ MORE: President Biden Surveys Ida Storm Damage In New Jersey: Well Help You Rebuild The 95th annual parade will kickoff Thanksgiving morning. Participants and staff will have to show proof of vaccination, as well as wear a mask. MORE NEWS: Students Return To Catholic Elementary Schools Across NYC Macy’s said details on exact public viewing locations and entry guidelines will be announced in November.
    In this article MThe Charlie Brown balloon floats on 6th Ave. during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.Stephanie Keith | Getty ImagesMacy's said Wednesday that the public will once again be able to line the streets of New York City to watch its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade live. This year's event will mark the 95th iteration of Macy's iconic balloon-filled parade. Live musical performances will be back as well, including march bands that were orginally expected to perform in last year's parade. Last year, the event was dramatically pared down due to the Covid pandemic. "We are thrilled to welcome back in its full form the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. "We applaud Macy's work to creatively continue this beloved tradition last year." Macy's said that all volunteer participants and staff must be vaccinated against Covid-19. In order to implement social distancing along the parade route, Macy's said it will cut the number of participants by up to 20%, or about 800 to 1,600 participants. ...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is back this year, with precautions.The City of New York and Macy's made the announcement about the parade's return on Wednesday.This is the parade's 95th year!Last year's celebration was made for tv only, but this year's parade will include spectators and march on the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, November 25th beginning at 9:00 a.m. On Thanksgiving Day.The spectacle will once again delight New York City spectators and a national television audience with its signature mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, marching bands, performance groups, celebrities, clowns, and the one-and-only Santa Claus."Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a New York City institution for more than nine decades, growing to become an icon of American pop culture as it annually marks the official start of the holiday season," said Will Coss, Executive Producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "For our 95th celebration, we are delighted to return this cherished holiday tradition closer to its original form as we march down the streets of New York City and into the...
    Ears to you, boo! Even from a distance, NBC’s “TODAY” host Hoda Kotb made sure her 3-year-old daughter Haley felt the warmth of her love on Thanksgiving. In the hours after glowing as the master of ceremonies for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — alongside TODAY co-host Savannah Guthrie — Kotb, 56, took to Instagram revealing she sent Haley a “secret signal” during the live broadcast to tell the toddler: “I love you.” “Told Haley I would give her a secret signal from parade to say I love you! tug on my ear a la @carolburnett,” Kotb wrote, captioning a clip of the heartwarming moment. In the video, Kotb’s fiancé, Joel Schiffman, hugs Haley and says, “See? That was for you,” as the smiling tot giggles at the extraordinariness of her televised shout-out. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) Kotb noted her one-year-old daughter, Hope, slept through the parade. Echoing her parade co-host’s love for family, Guthrie updated her Instagram gallery with a series of sweet shots featuring her kids Vale,...
    Pop superstars Jonas Brothers  Kevin, Joe and Nick have been accused of being mean to a black woman. Garron, a black woman whose profile mentions she is an editor at The Onion and a stand-up comedian, claimed that the musician siblings were mean to her, reports aceshowbiz.com. She posted a string of tweets talking about her experience with the “Sucker” hitmakers. Garron recalled being bullied by the celebrity brothers when they took part in a Thanksgiving Day parade. 2020 Billboard Music Awards Winners List: BTS, Kanye West, Jonas Brothers, Cardi B And Others Win Big At The BBMAs Garron wrote: “happy thanksgiving one time I was on a float in the macy’s day parade with the Jonas Brothers and they were mean to me xo.” She also shared a hazy picture which she said was of her on a float with the Jonas Brothers. It is unclear when the photograph was clicked since their faces cannot be seen clearly, but it seemed to be from the time before the brothers’ 2013 split and their comeback in 2019. Priyanka Chopra Shares a...
    Retail giant Macy's is under fire after calling the Zeta Phi Beta Centennial Steppers a “diverse dance group” in a Thanksgiving Day tweet.  Zeta Phi Beta, founded at Howard University in 1920, was one of the many performing groups at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE WILL GO ON WITHOUT LIVE AUDIENCE "What's that sound, you ask? Why it's the diverse dance group, Zeta Phi Beta Steppers!" Macy's exclaimed in a now-deleted tweet. "Performing a special routine they put together to help us celebrate this unprecedented year." The tweet prompted a response from MSNBC's "The ReidOut" host Joy Reid who explained that the Centennial Steppers are "not a 'dance group.'" "Zeta Phi Beta is a Black sorority founded at Howard U in 1920 and part of the Divine Nine," she said. The Divine Nine is a coalition of nine Black sororities and fraternities that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Social media users called Macy's description "reductive" and asserted that Macy's had used the Centennial Steppers.  Pedestrians walk past black curtains along 34th Street meant to block the view of a pre-taping of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day...
    WWE legend The Rock was featured on his own float during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Hollywood superstar delighted fans with the ultimate throwback as his mega balloon was based off the wrestler's iconic 'Fanny Pack' snap. 3'Fanny Pack Rock' debuted as a float during Macy's Thanksgiving Day ParadeCredit: Instagram 3The WWE legend became a viral meme when this picture resurfaced from the 90sCredit: Instagram A picture of the 48-year-old resurfaced a few years ago from the 1990s that showed the Rock in a fitted polo neck jumper, silver chain and a bumbag. Since then, fans have been recreating their own version of the fashion fail for Halloween - complete with the tissue under the arm. Rock - real name Dwayne Johnson - even joined in with the viral meme by posting an updated pose back in 2017. NBC have now created a float based off the turtleneck getup during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thursday. The hilarious inflatable was launched to promote the 'Young Rock' comedy series that premieres next year and fans were in hysterics....
    Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.) Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.) Macy's was called out for referring to performers from a Black sorority as a "diverse dance group" during their annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday, according to USA Today and The Grio. Zeta Phi Beta is a Black sorority founded at Howard University in 1920.  Macy's has since deleted the tweet and replaced it with a message that said, "We loved having @ZPHIBHQ — an international, historically Black Sorority."  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Macy's faced swift backlash after it referred to performers from a historically Black Greek life organization as a "diverse dance group" during its annual Thanksgiving parade on Thursday. Macy's introduced the Centennial Steppers of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority, which was founded at Howard University in 1920, in a since-deleted tweet that said: "What's that sound, you ask? Why it's the diverse dance group, Zeta Phi Beta Steppers!," according to USA Today and The Grio. The tweet drew swift backlash from users online.—T HIVE (@TevonBlair) November 26,...
    A view of the Tom the Turkey float at the 94th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® on November 26, 2020 in New York City. Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's Inc. This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade had a host of firsts that made the iconic event unlike any other held in previous years.  In addition to being television-only and featuring a shortened route, this year's parade included a land acknowledgement, traditional rattle song, and blessing to honor indigenous people.  The rituals honored the Wampanoag and Lenape people and took place in the Lenape territory of Manahatta, where the parade is held each year. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year featured a land acknowledgement, traditional rattle song, and blessing to honor indigenous people.  The rituals honored the Wampanoag and Lenape people and took place in the Lenape territory of Manahatta, where the parade is held each year, according to a press release from Indigenous Direction, a firm that consults on indigenous cultural representations.  The blessing was aired in Wampanoag, but translates in...