Treat ‘em to Pie & a Feast
In less than 24 hours, most folks in the U.S. will celebrate Thanksgiving—the annual gathering with family and friends. Homes will be filled with the comforting presence of loved ones, and the delightful scents of pumpkin, pecan and sweet potato pies—fresh from the oven. And, what merriment would be complete without a feast of cornbread, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, candied yams and mashed potatoes—accompanied by a scrumptious turkey stuffed with all the trimmings.
Some families have traditions to mark this holiday—including taking turns sharing what each person is grateful for, or writing these thoughts of thanks on pieces of paper, which are then hung on a gratitude tree. Others assemble or purchase their Christmas tree and decorate it together—transforming their living room to a holiday haven where music and lively chatter resonate.
In my own home, we reflect on the one thing we are most grateful for while we pass the cornbread, gravy and that bowl of chicken adobo (traditional Filipino dish). As we fill our plates with traditional American fare interspersed with hints of our Filipino culture, it’s a cherished moment wherein my husband and I gain insight on our kids’ thoughts. After dinner, we pass the hat from which we each draw a name for that one family member for whom we are Secret Santa. A few years ago, we collaborated and decided that instead of gifting everyone, we’d have just one person to spoil on Christmas Day—when we take turns opening that special package from our very own Secret Santa.
On Thursday, November 24, 2011, the granddaddy of all parades will take its annual route from West 77th Street and Central Park West to Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street and 6th Avenue.
On its 85th year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will once again entertain millions of TV viewers and spectators who will line four-deep along the sidewalks to admire the larger-than-life balloons of some favorites—Betty Boop, Scooby Doo, Smokey the Bear, Popeye and his damsel—Olive Oyl, plus so many more.
These balloons were inspired by Tony Sarg, a designer for Macy’s who helped with the company’s first parade on November 27, 1924, which Herbert Strauss, the company’s president at the time, touted as, “A Surprise New York Will Never Forget!” Sarg was a marionette master and puppeteer whose lifelong dream for inflatable marionettes graced that momentous maiden parade on its original route from Harlem to Herald Square—a dream that’s still alive and well to this very day—albeit one that goes along a different route.
If you can’t make it to the parade tomorrow, don’t worry. You can still catch a glimpse of your favorite balloons being inflated from 3 to 10 p.m. today, Wednesday, November 20, 2011, along 77th to 81st streets, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Don’t forget to bring your raincoat and an umbrella, cause there will be showers throughout the day.
Back again for this year’s parade, are marching bands hailing from Ohio, Michigan, California, Colorado and New York. The sound of drums, saxophones, French horns and other instruments will help ring in the holidays. Get your camera ready, celebrities like Neil Diamond, Avril Lavigne and Cee Lo Green will be in the parade. You can snap a photo of yourself or loved ones with these stars in the background as their float passes along the route.
If you’d like to watch the parade live, from its starting point along the Upper West Side, keep in mind it begins at 9 a.m. If you’re running a little late, perhaps you can find a spot downtown, closer to the end point—34th Street. At any rate, leave early to claim your spot on the sidewalk, and remember that there will be delays on public transportation, which will run on a holiday schedule from about 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 23 until about 3 p.m. Thursday, the 24th.
Editorial Creatives wishes all of you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving. We welcome your thoughts and/or pictures of your celebrations on our site, or via our Facebook page. As we watch Santa’s sleigh pass spectators—waving and belting his jolly “Ho, ho, ho…”—likewise, we look forward to ringing in the holiday season with all of you.