Archive | November, 2019

Winds Calm Down Right On Time for the Amazing Thanksgiving Day Parade

30 Nov
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Let The Parade Begin

Written by: Albert Terc

Photos by: Albert Terc and Aluche_Events

 Anxious faces could be seen on the millions of faces along the parade route eager to see if the big balloons would fly this year. Wind gusts over 35 mph would ground the giant balloons from flying for safety reasons. The NYPD gave the green light one hour before the grand event kicked off although the balloons would have to fly low. The 93rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade took off from the West Side of Central Park where the huge balloons were inflated the night before.  Right on time, the first group of clowns came running out to greet the crowd and announce the start of the parade. The crowd cheered in unison as the fun was about to get started. A rhythmic drum beat could be heard approaching as the honorary lead marching band made their way up the parade route. The energetic Morgan State University Magnificent Marching Machine showed why they deserve top billing. They were top notch.

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Astronauts Kay Hire and Janet Kavandi Introduce Astronaut Snoopy

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Lead Band Morgan State Gets the Crowd Worked Up

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R&B Superstar Kelly Rowland

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The Mighty Power Ranger

     Kicking off the first of many of the famous giant balloons in the parade was a new entry. Astronauts Kay Hire and Janet Kavandi were on the Peanuts float helping introduce Astronaut Snoopy. He was a big hit and the kids just loved it.  Right behind was another balloon of flight, Jett by Super Wings led the way for the Ronald Reagan HS Marching Band from Texas to show off their moves. Singer Kelly Rowland was one of the many celebrities that greeted the crowd. She helped usher in one of the largest balloons of the parade, the Mighty Power Ranger. With his fist pointing towards the ground, I thought for sure he was going to take out a few balloon handlers. 

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Chase on Duty

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Black Eyed Peas

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Lady Liberty Smiling At All Of Us

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Goku at the Ready

     Bank robber clowns were scattering when the Chase from Paw Patrol giant balloon came after them. Paying tribute to Duke Ellington’s music was the elegant Franklin Regional HS Panther Band from Pennsylvania. They did a great job even though I though the rolling piano was going to wipe out a policeman. Celebrities Ozuna,  Billy Porter and Miss America Nia Franklin got the crowd really excited. Giant balloons Picachu and Diary of a Wimpy Kid were huge hits for the kids. The jungle themed Madison Central HS Marching Band from Kentucky kept the high energy going for the crowd. They helped introduce another new giant balloon entry, Green Eggs and Ham. It didn’t take much convincing that I do I do like green eggs and ham. Right behind them was another new giant balloon entry, Spongebob Squarepants and his buddy Gary.  Al the kids started chanting his name. That was fun.

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Pikachu Having Some Fun

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That Wimpy Kid Causing Trouble

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I do like Green Eggs and Ham

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Everyone’s Favorite Spongebob Squarepants and Gary

     The tribute to America section is always one of my favorites with cowboys and the Mt. Rushmore float. This year Chris Young was the honored celebrity. Starting off that section was the Martin Luther King Jr. HS Marching Band from Georgia with their high stepping and followed by the Blue Springs HS Marching Band from Missouri. They were amazing. Celebrities Ciara and Jimmy Fallon really got the crowd worked up. Another new float helped remind people to be careful when out in the woods. Smokey Bear was a hit with kids but an even bigger hit was the Trolls balloon with four characters clinging to each other.

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Chris Young  and the Mt. Rushmore Float

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Ashanti Waving to Her Fans

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The Trolls Up to No Good

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Jimmy Fallon Rocks the Parade

     The grand finale is reserved for the Christmas section with the giant Elf on the Shelf balloon letting everyone know there’s a visitor from up North coming down soon. Celebrity Lea Michele led the way on a float with a Central Park theme. Christmas music was played by the Western Carolina University Marching Band from North Carolina and the Catalina Foothills HS Marching Band from Arizona.  The Grinch That Stole Christmas giant balloon is always a big hit. Giant Olaf from the hit movie Frozen made his appearance. But everyone was still waiting for you know who… Meanwhile more Christmas themed floats and clowns got the crowd worked up. Toy soldiers on stilts, singing Christmas trees, and floating nutcracker balloons all set the stage for the big man…Santa Claus and his helpers. Big kids, little kids, all kinds of kids yelled hello to Santa. The big guy got up and waved to the crowd and opened his arms to give everyone an imaginary hug. Everyone was smiling and began to believe in the magic of Christmas.

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Elf On the Shelf

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The Grinch Looking For an Easy Target

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Olaf Greets the Crowd

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Santa Giving Out Free Hugs

 

     The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is always the best parade of the City. It shows just how magnificent a parade can be. Kids from 2 to 92 come out to enjoy the spectacular event that Macy’s displays. It truly is one of NYC’s best traditions. This was an amazing year of parades in NYC. Well over 10 million people attended some of the best parades of New York City. Thank you parade organizers for producing some of the best New York has to offer. Thank you marchers for coming out and bringing to life our values and traditions that go back  thousands of years. Thank you NYPD and FDNY for keeping us safe so we can enjoy these amazing events. Thank you reader and viewer for helping keep this blog going.

Happy Thanksgiving and  see you in 2020!!!!!

 

2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Above Photos: Aluche_Events

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Centennial Celebration Honors Our Veterans on 5th Avenue

12 Nov
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Presentation of Flags

     A tradition that began 100 years ago in NYC was celebrated in a grand style that only New Yorkers can do. America honored its veterans in all the Armed Forces with marching bands from all parts of the country , floats with our beloved vets, and lots of fanfare. Before the parade started, there was a ceremony at Madison Square Park where a stage was set up for honored guests and speakers to proclaim the importance of the sacrifice these men and women  made to protect our nation. For the first time ever, a sitting US President attended the event. President Trump spoke to the vets about their courage and how we should all help our vets. There was a laying of the wreath at the Eternal Light Flagstaff where the victorious forces of the Army and Navy in World War 1 were honored. The parade kicks off from this spot up 5th Avenue to 46th St.  The warm weather for early November brought out lots of revelers as the parade route was starting to fill up.

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Marine Corp Marching Band

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Raising Our Flag In Victory

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The Few The Proud The Marines

     This year honored the Marine Corp as they were the honorary lead group. Everyone was amazed at the sharp uniform and precision steps. The Marine Corp Marching Band set the bar for the drumline. When I take videos of marching bands at the all the parades in NYC, I focus in on the drumline because that’s the heart and soul of the group. They were one of the best I have seen all year. All the Marine vets came out to march with the most notable being astronaut and moon walker Buzz Aldrin. This years Grand Marshalls represented 4 wars. US Marine Corp Veteran Zach Iscol from Pound Ridge NY was the last one chosen among the other distinguished vets.

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Valley Forge Prep

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Celebrating with Pride

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Buzz Aldrin waving to the Crowd

     The Veterans Day Parade showcases some of the best marching bands from High Schools across the country. They were all great and made the vets proud. For many students, it was their first time in the city. Visiting from Athens, Alabama were the East Limestone HS Marching Band. They got the crowd worked up for what would be a fun filled day. Revelers were treated to a fun marching band from Ankeny Iowa. A band from Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania had a fun group of flag bearers. Probably the best brass section came from Downington East of Exton PA. A small but energetic band was from Waterloo, NY HS Marching Band. Seneca East HS Tiger Pride from Ohio and Bloominton IL HS Marching Raiders put on a great show for the vets.

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     On each block of the parade route you can see vets from all parts of the city, state and country watch with pride. One of the best things to see is how total strangers greet each other with respect because they served the greatest country on the planet. The Coast Guard Marching Band played with lots of energy. They brought out one of their newer boats that protects our shores. The Air Force sent an Honorary Guard from Washington DC. The Navy had a great representation but Army was up for the challenge and out yelled them by a few dozen decibels. That extra energy might translate to win on the gridiron later on this month. The parade also paid tribute to our allies that helped us especially in World War 1 and 2.  Support groups like the Wounded Warrior Project and Headstrong made some noise and helped bring awareness to vets and families about their services.

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     This parade was one of the better Veterans Day parades I have attended. There was alot of thanks and respect given to the men and women for all the sacrifice they made to make this the great country we enjoy. Freedom is not free and we enjoy the freedoms we have because these vets gave of themselves for our country and way of life. Do something nice for a vet when you can. They deserve it.

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Thank You For Your Service and Sacrifice

Wild Things Abound at the Village Halloween Parade

1 Nov
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There’s a Wild Thing In All of Us

      Every Halloween, 6th Avenue is transformed into a busy commercial and residential area into the biggest Halloween parade and party in the world. Thousands of the most creative and creepiest costumes come to life while nearly a million spectators take in the sights and sounds. The 46th annual parade was almost a wash out as heavy rains soaked the City for most of the day. Not a drop came down during the creepy event and as usual at 7PM the white angels came up 6th Avenue with blessings and pixie dust to kick off the parade. Following them was an amazing brass band that got the crowd ready for a frightfest on steroids. Led by Artistic Director Jeanne Fleming, the largest display of puppetry made its way up the parade route to the delight of the large crowd. Hundreds of volunteers from all parts of the country spend countless hours creating these amazing puppets just for the event.

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Lets Get This Party Started

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Day of the Dead Costumes

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Looking for the After Party

     This year’s theme was Wild Things where all wild animals roam free only to be corralled and break out again. Brilliant display of puppetry while accompanied by one of the coolest drum bands I have seen this year.  This years Grand Marshall was on display for most of the night as it dangled from Jefferson Market Tower. Zohra, the giant spider, is a staple at the parade. She appears at the start of a video clip of the perennial favorite Hungry March Band. The event is televised locally for millions of viewers to see the madness that comes out from the parade.  To march in this parade, all you need is a costume. Waves of crazy costumed marchers try to put a scare into the spectators there to experience the best Halloween parade on the planet.

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Artistic Director and Producer Jeanne Fleming

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Demon Out For A Walk

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Black Angel Finds A Victim

     Gaining more popularity each year is the Samba NY band with their dancers and drum band. They always put on a great show for the crowd. The all female drum band, Fogo Azul, made it’s way up the parade route with folks dancing all around them. Everyone’s favorite tribute to Michael Jackson’s Thriller danced it’s way up the parade route. Soaking up all the love and hate was a returning rock band that put on a great show. Vampire Rock Opera is becoming a crowd favorite with their driving bass line and sultry singers. Hope they come back for more.

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You Tell Em Bernie

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Birds of a feather…

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Thriller Steals the Show

     This is truly one of the best parades of the City this year and a must do on your bucket list. New Yorkers creativity and imagination are on full display as only the New Yorkers can do…the best there is. Scare ya next year.

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