Reuters

Traditions from around the country.

City centers the country over are chock-ful of balloons, clowns, and runners this morning. In New York City, revelers wrapped themselves in sleeping bags and set up folding chairs to catch a glimpse of (inflated) Hello Kitty, Buzz Lightyear, and (live) Carly Jepsen. According to the Associated Press, 3 million people will attend the parade, and more than 50 million will watch on TV.

Other cities have their own traditions. According to the AP:

Other cities planned to have showy marching bands, cartoon character balloons and musical extravaganzas, as well. Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit were among the big cities hosting parades.

Among the scheduled highlights were a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey spectacular in Chicago; Phillies star Ryan Howard and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler in Philadelphia; and a group of 2012 U.S. Olympic champions in Detroit.

Below, photos of New York's  parade:

A clown practices his moves as the sun rises over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
A clown on stilts walks down Central Park West during the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Gary Hershorn)



Crowds gather as the sun rises over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
Clowns gather as the sun rises over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)


The Spiderman balloon floats down Central Park West during the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)


 

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. photo: bicyclists in Paris during a transit strike in December.
    Transportation

    Paris Mayor: It's Time for a '15-Minute City'

    In her re-election campaign, Mayor Anne Hidalgo says that every Paris resident should be able to meet their essential needs within a short walk or bike ride.

  2. photo: a wallet full of Yen bills.
    Life

    Japan’s Lost-and-Found System Is Insanely Good

    If you misplace your phone or wallet in Tokyo, chances are very good that you’ll get it back. Here’s why.

  3. Equity

    What Mike Bloomberg Got Wrong About Redlining and the Financial Crisis

    Comments about New Deal-era housing discrimination made by presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg echo a familiar narrative about minority homeowners.

  4. Equity

    The Presidential Candidates that Mayors Support

    Big-city mayors favor Mike Bloomberg after his late entry into the race, while leaders in smaller cities have lined up behind Pete Buttigieg.

  5. photo: Masdar City in Abu Dhabi
    Environment

    What Abu Dhabi’s City of the Future Looks Like Now

    At the UN’s World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, attendees toured Masdar City, the master-planned eco-complex designed to show off the UAE’s commitment to sustainability.

×