Nov 25 (Reuters) – After last year’s show was shortened and closed to the public because of the pandemic, people lined the streets of Manhattan again on Thursday for Macy’s 95th annual Thanksgiving Day parade.
Parades take place in other cities in the United States, but the New York parade is already part of the Christmas tradition and is broadcast nationwide to about 50 million spectators before the Thanksgiving meal, according to Macy’s.
Giant helium-inflated balloons depicting cartoon characters and toys are often the main attraction, and this year’s parade featured newcomers such as Grogu—who is known as Baby Yoda in “The Mandalorian” series from “Star Wars” Also known as, and Ada, the young scientist from the Netflix series “Ada Twist, Scientist”.
The ninth balloon version of the famous animated character once again appeared in this year’s parade, according to Macy’s website, classic astronaut Snoopy.
According to Macy’s, a total of 15 balloons were led by roped protesters, the longest of which was 22 meters.
On the ground, between marching bands and dancers, 28 floats made a 2.5-mile route from Central Park West to Macy’s Store on 34th Street, featuring crowd favorites such as the Sesame Street Muppets, Miss America and the Rock Foreigner’s Band.
While this is strictly a televised event for much of the country, in New York it is one of the largest annual gatherings, along with New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, and the LGBTQ Pride Parade.
The NYPD doesn’t give crowd estimates, but organizers say millions of spectators come in person.
(Reporting by Daniele Trotta; Editing in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)