When we think about Thanksgiving parade, the picture comes to minds is that of live performances of people in fancy costumes, bands float balloons, etc. Thanksgiving parades have also become a part of Thanksgiving traditions.
Parades are organized all across the country. Some of the popular ones are Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, Dunkin Donut’s Thanksgiving parade, America’s Thanksgiving parade, Novant heath parade, Chicago’s parade, H-E-B thanksgiving parade, etc. Broadcasts of a parade are also aired live for watching by different televisions. Most of the parades start from the morning and ends by noon. Around 8-9 AM, the parade begins. The Parade routes can be found from each of their official websites. They also provide information about places from where the performances are easily viewable without obstructions.
The parade sites will be crowd packed with visitors. If you are planning to visit the parades and like to see the parades clearly, make sure you reach the place early. The parades will have musical performances by artists, large balloons, band groups, clowns, other fancy costumed performers and much more. In some parades, Equestrian units also will be present.
How big is the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade?
For Macy’s parade around 10000 full-time staff are involved in organizing the parade a year. About eight thousand volunteers are involved in the parade performances. Even though the information about money spent on organizing is not revealed, by a rough estimation cost can range from eleven to fourteen million dollars. Hundreds of police officers are present in the parade grounds and premises to help organize the parade securely and successfully.
Macy’s parade is the largest and most popular parade with the largest number of people attending. It is estimated that every year about 3.5 million population comes to the watch Macy’s parade. Balloons were introduced in the parade in the year 1927. It takes four to ten months to make those huge balloons that ornaments the show. the balloons are made in New Jersey in Parade studio of the Macy’s.
Macy’s Thanksgiving parade starts from Central Park West and ends in Herald Square. According to the statistics, 50 million people watch them over television. It is the 91st parade of Macy’s this year. The oldest parade that is held in America is the Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Parade. It is held every year in Philadelphia since 1920.
The holiday season in the USA is kick-started with the Thanksgiving parade. One thing about Thanksgiving parades is that It also attracts a lot of tourists from other countries too.