Friday, November 24, 2017

FOLLOW UP FRIDAY: 2017's T'GIVING PARADE


The Peanuts comic strip atop this entry was something I saw in my Twitter feed the other day. It came to my mind as I pondered what to share re yesterday's Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, which I attended as its route is less than half a block from my apartment.

I'm glad that I ventured out into the thirty degree weather to see it, for I've been a bit soured on the event after having disappointing news from Macy's this past August. Their news coupled with the bitter cold temperatures that prevailed in NYC on Thanksgiving Day (yesterday) were not much incentive, but since I can hear the parade from my home, I subscribed to the if-you-can't-beat-them-join-them theory.

Olaf the Snowman has been rendered into a Macy's ballon and this character led this ninety-first year of the Macy's event. The pictures that I took of this balloon can be seen directly below.






According to Wiki Olaf the Snowman "is a fictional character from the 2013 animated film Frozen, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios."  Yesterday's event was Olaf's premiere in this Macy's venue.

He was followed by a number of returning Macy's Balloons that included Scrat Chasing Acorn, Ronald McDonaldGreg Haffey (from Diary of a Wimpy Kid), as well as Hello Kitty. Because I was concentrating on staying warm in the freezing temperatures, I had not realized that my camera settings were not adjusted and I did not get good images of those four balloons! However, I do have awesome images of each of these characters from when they participated in the event during bygone years. If you'd like to refer to those images, dear reader, please click on their character's name within the prior sentence.

In any event by the time Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, made his appearance, I realized my error and made the adjustments to my camera. A couple of images of this aforementioned character's balloon can be seen directly below.



Another returning ballon was Pikachu, as seen in the next pictures.




The Dreamworks Trolls balloons also returned for this year's parade, but too many people stood in the way of my getting a clear photo-op, but I can refer you to last year's image of them, just click here.

Charlie Brown was back with his kite as seen in the next set of pictures.






And a new comer followed Charlie Brown, this was Jett from Super Wings (First South Korean balloon in the parade) and pictures of Jett's balloons can be seen in the next set of photos.




Jett was followed by another first timer, PAW Patrol's Chase, as seen in the following pictures.





And the representative from Paw's patrol, was followed by Angry Bird Red's balloon, who making his third appearance, which can be seen directly below.





Santa's Hat Sponge Bob SquarePants also returned as evidenced in the next photos.



The Pillsbury Doughboy also participated this year, but he seemed very camera shy this year, and I did not want to push it, especially since I have adorable photos of him from bygone years, which you can see by clicking here.

In any event, the Sinclair Dinosaur also "marched" in the parade this year and he wasn't the least bit camera shy as evidenced below.



Meanwhile, The Grinch & Max (Comeback Balloon/Falloon, returned since 2002/To celebrate The Grinch's 20th Anniversary of his introduction to the parade/To promote How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the 2018 film), which can be seen in the next set of pictures.




And The Elf on the Shelf's balloon was here for the sixth time, which can be se seen in the photos below.






One of the returning novelty balloons was Harold The Fireman. He can be seen in the following two images.



And another novelty balloon, Harold the Baseball Player (Throwback to the 1940's "The Baseball Player"/To celebrate Miracle on 34th Street's 70th Anniversary), his pictures are directly below.




Another novelty balloon also appeared yesterday, this was Happy Dragon, and he seemed happy to have photos taken and even showed of his pedicured toe nails as seen below.



Kit, Charlie and C.J, the Macy's Holiday Elves were also back and as always never shy about being in a photo-op!



As always, there were a number of floats this year, including ones featuring ninja turtles, characters from Sesame Street as well as the Jolly Green Giant, a playful clown, and the replication of those  from Mount Rushmore, as seen below (respectively).










Because of recent October terrorist attack on the UWS's greenway, the presence of police, guard dogs, and helicopters was all around.


These served as a stark reminder that (to quote Bob Dylan), "the times, they are a changing."

However, every one is trying their best to carry on and I'm grateful for that inspiration.

Meanwhile, I'm very glad the parade and Thanksgiving celebrations are over. I don't mean to sound like a Scrooge, it's just that most eager to be able to return to my important business of doing all I can to get the hardcover version of Cam's book, Words In Our Beak Volume One into bookstores and speciality shops for the holiday season.



And, dear reader, if you know any book store that you think might want to carry the book, please message me with the info via Facebook!

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