Thanksgiving in New York

“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” – William Shakespeare

New York is a place that people like to visit year-round. Each season brings something unique to the city but it is the Fall season that sticks out to many people. Local New Yorkers, as well as visitors to The Big Apple, love the Fall season because it means that it is time for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Also, the theater and performing-arts seasons reach their heights during this season. Plus, people love to come together during this time of the year to share thanks and lend a hand. All of these things are well timed for our “NYC Thanksgiving” Sweepstakes! If you enter, you could win a $150 gift card to Broadway!!

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Thanksgiving Parade

Many people have specific Thanksgiving traditions. One of the oldest and biggest traditions that some people take part in is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, either in person or on television. This parade started in 1924 and it attracts more than 3.5 million people to NYC each year as well as 50 million TV viewers. Because of the parade’s popularity, people often shorten the name to “The Macy’s Day Parade” since everyone already knows that it’s associated with the Thanksgiving holiday.  Here are some fun facts about the parade:

  • The first parade in 1924 was called the “Macy’s Christmas Day Parade” although it took place on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Live animals including camels, goats, elephants, and donkeys, were a part of the parade that inaugural year.
  •  In 1927, Macy’s introduces the world famous giant helium balloons. The first balloons included Felix the Cat and Toy Soldier
  • The Dino the Dinosaur balloon was inducted into the American Museum of Natural History in 1975 as an honorary member.
  • In 1989, the parade marches on through its very first snowstorm.
  • The 1990s saw the parade balloons adding new characters from the internet, video games, and contemporary cartoons. Sonic the Hedgehog, Ask Jeeves, and the Rugrats were just a few of these balloons.
  • The parade has attracted a sea of celebrities. The years have seen Harpo Marx, Jackie Gleason, Diana Ross, Sammy Davis, Jr., Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, NSYNC, Shania Twain, and Christina Aguilera.

For more fun facts, see: 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Facts, Route, Lineup.

This year marks the 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and it will start at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 22, 2012. Although there will be a new parade route for 2012, it will still begin at 77th Street & Central Park West and end at Macy’s Herald Square. According to Marching.com, more than 8,000 participants will bring in the holiday season with the nation’s “best marching bands, performance groups, cheerleaders, clowns, giant balloons, floats and the biggest star of them all, Santa Claus.” For a complete lineup of the parade, see: 86th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off holiday season. You can also watch this video from the 85th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to give you an idea of what to expect:

 

Broadway

Witnessing the theatrical performances that are seen in Broadway plays is an amazing experience! There are always a variety of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows to pick from and you should definitely take advantage of that. Can’t afford to see a Broadway play? Well, don’t forget that we’re offering a free $150 gift card to Broadway…just enter our sweepstakes to win. The gift card can be used for any Broadway or Off-Broadway play that is currently playing in New York City and it doesn’t expire! How great is that? Some of the most popular shows that are on Broadway right now are:

For a complete list of the Broadway shows that are playing, see: All Broadway Shows.

Also, check out this trailer of the very popular Broadway Show, Wicked:

 

Helping Hand

Holiday seasons generally tend to bring people together. Normally, the circumstances that bring people back together, are good. This year, however, the story is a bit different. While I’m sure that the holiday season inspired people to fulfill kind acts, it is the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy that really brought people together this year. One of the biggest events that was organized to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, was the NBC  “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” telethon. The celebrities and artists who supported this telethon managed to raise $23 million in just one night! All of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross, in aid of the East Coast victims. Performers at the telethon included artists such as Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, and more. According to The Huffington Post, the telethon was hosted by Matt Lauer and it consisted of a “mix of music, storm footage and calls for donations from Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg and others.” For more information on the Hurricane Sandy telethon, see:

You can also watch this video to see a brief recap of the telethon:


As you can see, the Fall season definitely means a lot this year. Hopefully the holiday spirit will continue to fill people up with joy and everyone will be able to enjoy their Thanksgiving. Think about all of the positive things in your life and do what you can to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Happy Turkey Day! Have a merry feast 🙂

Melissa Woodring

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