2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Joshua Quan, Staff Writer

Every Thanksgiving day since 1924, the streets of New York are filled with the holiday spirit. Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade has dazzled people across the country with amazing inflatable balloons and holiday floats. Parades feature marching bands, fun  dance routines, and a bit of holiday magic. This years 89th annual parade was attended according to nbc.com by more than 3.5 million people, while as many as 50 million viewed it from their homes.

This year’s parade had a bit of a scare with the possible threat of a terrorist attack. The world was still recovering from the tragic massacres in Paris, where scores of innocent people were killed. However, the American people were assured that there was no credible threat to New York, and to go about their traditional activities. Regardless of a possible threat, show carried on.

According to usnews.com this year’s parade had more security, with a record number 2,500 officers dispersed along the route. The police were heavily armed and tensely alert, intent on keeping the parade peaceful and fun. The parade route, which ran through NYC, featured 13 marching bands and 25 floats. Actor Tim Allen made a special appearance, serving as grand marshall.

Some fan favorite balloons sailed the skies, including Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and SpongeBob SquarePants. There were also new editions to the sky like Red from Angry Birds and Scrat from Ice Age.

Whether you attended the festivities live or enjoyed them from the warmth of your home, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade  is a popular tradition for many families, giving the masses a taste of the holiday spirit.