Every Thanksgiving Day in New York Metropolis since 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the largest occasion on the calendar.
It’s solely been cancelled 3 times in its 95 yr historical past, because of helium shortages throughout the WWII years. And in 2021 with Covid altering all kinds of occasions the world over.
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What’s Thanksgiving Day truly celebrating?
For my non-US readers, Thanksgiving Day falls on the fourth Thursday in November and also you’d be forgiven for considering it’s all about stuffing one’s face with turkey and inexperienced bean casserole (get my recipe right here >>) and watching soccer from the vantage level of the sofa all afternoon.
However giving because of God for the harvest, that’s what Thanksgiving is basically about – ever for the reason that pilgrims first came to visit from Britain to America and harvested their first crops.
In November of 1621, the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians from southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island gathered at Plymouth for an autumn harvest celebration, and thus the custom of Thanksgiving started.
And by the best way, a New England highway journey within the fall is just magical. (Bookmark this submit for subsequent yr!)
Thanksgiving can be well-known for the three-hour stay TV protection of the parade in NYC with lots of of floats, helium balloons, marching bands and the occasional famous person on the lookout for a little bit of nationwide protection.
Most blogs in regards to the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Metropolis deal with the occasion itself, however this submit covers all of the humorous and terrifying balloon accidents through the years!
Initially the Macy’s Parade was a Christmas parade with Santa enthroned on Macy’s balcony on thirty fourth Road. And I’ve now added this nice submit on how you can do Christmas in New York, when you’re going to be within the Massive Apple for this most magical time of the yr!
However the monumental helium balloons first appeared in 1927 and have been the parade’s hallmark ever since, now involving round 8000 handlers, wranglers and marching bands in entrance of a crowd of over three million – and hundreds of thousands extra who watch on TV.
The evening earlier than the parade can be an occasion in itself that it’s best to get to when you’re on the town: the filling of those monstrosities with helium simply off Central Park and holding them down underneath netting till their flight the following day.
And when Thanksgiving day dawns one can solely think about how exhausting it’s for the “balloon wranglers” to manage these beasts ought to the climate flip inclement.
And sure, through the years there have been a couple of Thanksgiving day balloon disasters. Scroll on all the way down to see video of Barney’s demise!
Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons which have run amok!
1927: Felix the Cat was the primary one to make an look within the parade – however he caught hearth after tangling with phone wires.
1957: Popeye the Sailor’s hat full of water throughout a heavy downpour of rain, which threw him off-course and poured 50 gallons of water on an unsuspecting and sad crowd.
1985: Kermit the Frog skilled a nasty abdomen harm and collapsed to the bottom in a heap.
1986: Raggedy Ann crashed right into a lamppost and despatched it into the road. The identical yr, Superman had his hand torn off by a tree. Neither incident prompted any accidents to people.
1993: Sonic the Hedgehog crashed right into a lamppost at Columbus Circle and broke an off-duty police officer’s shoulder.
1994: Barney tore his facet on a lamppost and needed to be faraway from the parade with the assistance of knife-wielding officers, crying youngsters and cheering adults.
1995: Dudley the Dragon, who was main the parade, was speared and deflated on a lamppost and showered glass on the gang beneath.
1997: That is the worst balloon catastrophe I discovered. Excessive winds pushed the Cat within the Hat right into a lamppost. The falling particles struck a parade-goer, fracturing her cranium and left her in a coma for a month. She sued town for $395 million and “settled for an undisclosed sum” in 2001. Dimension guidelines have been subsequently applied in 1998, banning bigger balloons.
Those self same excessive winds additionally prompted the New York Police to need to stab and stomp down Barney over crowd issues. Additionally they stabbed Pink Panther for a similar purpose. I’ve searched Youtube for 2 days looking for footage of the balloon stabbings, alas nothing. (In case you have any please remark!)
2005: M&M‘s balloon caught on a streetlight in Instances Sq.. Two sisters have been struck by falling particles, struggling damaged enamel and different accidents. The M&M’s balloon was retired after 2006 and changed by a float saluting Broadway theatre and musicals. The sisters acquired a lifetime provide of M&Ms.
2008: a balloon took out the NBC digicam sales space taking their footage off air. No phrase on “who” was the naughty gas-filled perpetrator.
2011: the Kool Help child deflated and fell over. A bit like a few of the individuals he purports to help I’m considering.
2012: Buzz Lightyear ripped his helmet and practically went past infinity, ending up in a river whereas his handler ended up in hospital.
2019: Ronald McDonald needed to be led off the parade with a tear in his leg. The rip had been observed within the morning as he was nonetheless trapped underneath his internet, however as Macy’s employees apparently couldn’t discover tape to repair the 3-inch tear, they despatched him on his method. Nevertheless the tear grew and he started to sag and was taken off for “aesthetic causes”.
On the identical day Nutcracker cracked considered one of his handlers and knocked her to the bottom. He was allowed to proceed nevertheless.
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