Skip to comments.Revelers pack city as Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade delights young and old
Posted on 11/28/2008 6:47:35 PM PST by Coleus
Dr. Seuss' Horton from 'Horton Hears a Who' made his parade debut Thursday.
Welcome to the biggest turkey bash on the planet. Clowns tossed confetti. Children marveled at the bobbing balloons. And throngs of revelers packed the streets Thursday for the 82nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "It brings out the kid in all of us," said Greg Packer, 44, of Huntington, L.I. "It's that sense of togetherness that keeps me coming back." It was a day for wide-eyed children and a respite from bad economic news for grownups. "The rest of the world could be falling apart, but here you don't feel it," said Rachelle Wolosoff, of Rockville Centre, L.I.
Paul Galanopoulos, who got his four young children to the parade route at a chilly 5 a.m. to claim a prime viewing spot, said the best part is always the same. "The kids get all big-eyed when they see the first float," said the dad from Hopewell Junction, Dutchess County. A soldier home from Iraq who is headed back to Fort Drum on Monday was also bursting with excitement. "I can't believe I'm standing outside of Macy's watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade," said U.S. Army Spec. Michael Lown, 21. "How could you ask for anything more after 16 months in Iraq?"
Organizers said more than a million spectators lined the 2.5-mile parade route from Central Park West at 77th St. to Herald Square. Another 50 million watched on television. "Everything went smoothly," a Macy's spokesman said of the three-hour event. There was at least one near miss as SpongeBob SquarePants lurched between Macy's and a nearby building. "Be careful, SpongeBob!" yelled Eliza Nunez, 8, of Queens. Among the new characters in the spectacle of 28 floats, 10 marching bands and 13 balloons was action figure Buzz Lightyear from the movie "Toy Story" and an oversized balloon honoring the late artist and activist Keith Haring.
There were celebrities on floats, including Miley Cyrus, James Taylor and the Radio City Rockettes. Eight-year-old Gabriela Quarles summed it up in one sentence: "It's awesome to be in New York!"
My favorite was the Rick Roll!!!
“It brings out the kid in all of us,” said Greg Packer, 44, of Huntington, L.I. “It’s that sense of togetherness that keeps me coming back.”
Not the Greg Packer yet again....