Macy Parade Highlight’s A Busy Thanksgiving Weekend

Macy parade and football games both professional as well as high school highlight the day’s activities

Nearly three million people took to the streets of New York to enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. They were surrounded by nearly eight thousand New York police and federal agencies making sure they were safe.

One prominent person who wasn’t in New York City is President-elect Donald Trump, who is spending the holiday at his home in Palm Beach, Florida. The new southern White House is where the soon to be new first family will be enjoying Thanksgiving.

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Throughout Florida there will be Thanksgiving Day parades and high school football games that are a tradition. But the busy weekend will be highlighted by Black Friday shopping, plenty of great college football and leftovers.

That said we all enjoy the great parade that features Charlie Brown led the signature large inflatable balloons as the parade kicked off with the spraying of confetti and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Costumes characters mingled with revelries and crowds cheered as clowns on bicycles rode by carrying bundles of balloons.

Crowds, some as many as 10 deep, lined the parade route, which starts on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and makes its way down to Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street. At one point the parade route comes within three blocks of Trump Tower, the home of the president-elect’s home.

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The Charlie Brown balloon was one of three new giant character inflatables in this year’s parade, and joined returning favorites including Thomas the Tank Engine, Hello Kitty and SpongeBob SquarePants, were some of the new balloons in the parade.

Among the celebrities that were part of the show, were Tony Bennett, Aloe Blacc, Sarah McLachlan and Olympic gold medalists Laurie Hernandez, Claressa Shields and Michelle Carter.

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But attendees also saw some somber sights, like the more than 80 sanitation trucks filled with sand placed at intersections and other places as barriers against any kind of attack. There was a heavy police presence, including bomb-sniffing dogs and officers in uniform with assault weapons and portable radiation detectors. Officers in plainclothes were among the crowds of people.

Authorities said there was no confirmation of any credible threat and urged spectators to come out for the parade. Earlier this week in the official ISIS magazine, they said that the parade would be an “attractive target.”

Some quotes in this story came from ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.