Macy’s 97th Thanksgiving parade! From Snoopy’s soar to Cher’s serenade

Macy’s 97th Thanksgiving parade: Get ready for the 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – it’s going to be amazing! This year, you’ll see your favorite characters like Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants, and some new ones, too, like Leo the lizard. Snoopy is even taking on a new Beagle Scout look to celebrate his 50th anniversary in the Peanuts comics.

Macy's 97th Thanksgiving parade! From Snoopy's soar to Cher's serenade
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The parade is not just about balloons; it’s a whole show! There’ll be performances from big names like Cher and Jon Batiste, and Broadway shows adding to the excitement. It starts on the upper west side of Manhattan and ends in front of Macy’s on 34th Street, promising a magical experience full of joy. More info about Macy’s 97th Thanksgiving parade! From Snoopy’s soar to Cher’s serenade.

Macy’s 97th Thanksgiving parade!

But it’s not all fun and games. Behind the scenes, there’s someone making sure everything is safe – Paul Schwartz, New York City’s “chief balloon officer.” He and his team of engineers check the parade route two months in advance, making sure there are no obstacles. Safety is a big deal, especially after an incident in 1997 when a Cat in the Hat balloon hit a lamppost and hurt four people.

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Paul Schwartz and his team use special tools to figure out how high the big balloons can go in different wind speeds. They even do test runs at MetLife Stadium to make sure everything works smoothly. They keep an eye on the weather on parade day, too, because if the wind is too strong, the balloons stay on the ground. The last time that happened was way back in 1971!

Recently, they tested the newest balloons in a parking lot at MetLife Stadium. Despite a few challenges, like Snoopy’s wobbly line and Kung Fu Panda’s deflated paw, everything got a thumbs up. So, get ready for a fantastic parade, where the balloons, floats, and performances come together for a day of joy and celebration!

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