Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade One Hour From Nyack

Dated: November 18 2014

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade started in 1924. It is 3 hours long, kicking off at 9:00 am, and has been televised nationally since 1952. At the end of every parade ever held, Santa has been welcomed into Herald Square to “officially” begin the Holiday season.
Balloons and floats are in import part of the parade. There are three types of floats in the parade. The novelty class is smaller and can be controlled by anywhere from one up to thirty handlers. The full size class is mostly licensed cartoon characters and these are handled by exactly 90 people. A new category is the “Blue Sky Gallery” which consists of contemporary works of art blown into a full sized float. New safety measures were incorporated in 2006 to prevent accidents and balloon related injuries. One measure taken was installation of wind measurement devices to alert parade organizers to any unsafe conditions that could cause the balloons to behave erratically. Parade officials keep the balloons closer to the ground during windy conditions. If wind speeds are forecast to be higher than 34 miles per hour, all balloons are removed from the parade
The night before the parade, people gather to watch the famous balloons get inflated. This occurs in front of the American Museum of Natural History. My wife has made the trip from Valley Cottage several times with our nieces and nephews. The optimum time to arrive is about 5pm Wednesday evening with the festivities continuing on into the dark hours.
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Paul Bambara

My love of the real estate business began when I first started investing in residential and commercial properties in 1982. I found that my life-long residency of Rockland County, my eight years on the....

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