Every year, it’s a tradition in many families to attend the much-anticipated Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or watch it on television. The floats, the performances, and the giant balloons are a wonderful piece of Americana and a great way to start the holiday season. The parade is so popular, it has been included in movies and TV shows. Remember the episode of Seinfeld when Elaine wins her boss, Mr. Pitt, a spot to hold one of the ropes for the Woody Woodpecker balloon? The parade was also featured in an episode of Friends where the Underdog balloon gets loose. “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Tower Heist,” and “Sweet Charity” all used the parade in their productions.
Since a major part of the celebration of Thanksgiving is all about food, the parade includes quite a few floats with goodies in mind. This year a new float will be introduced: “The Chocolate Fantasy Factory” sponsored by Kiner. This float includes a Ferris-wheel-like machine with egg-shaped gondolas delivering cocoa powder that will be turned into chocolate treats. The parade will also have its longest running float, the giant “Tom Turkey,” which is sponsored by Macy’s.
Entemann’s, famous, of course, for their coffee cakes, sponsors “Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop.” This colorful bakery with its bursting cupcake confetti chimney and rotating donuts is a feast for the eyes. The parade wouldn’t be well-balanced without a few healthy food options, so Green Giant sponsors “Harvest in the Valley” with a two-story-high Green Giant. Ocean Spray also gets into the act with its “Cranberry Cooperative.” This float features an 18-foot-tall turkey in waders in the cranberry bog.
The parade continues to be a feast for the eyes before the actual feast. The last float might just be the sweetest of them all as Santa Claus enters the scene and kicks off the Christmas season.