Retro RePost: When Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Doesn't Go As Planned!

Monday, November 22, 2021

This was one of my first articles to appear on The Retro Network back in 2019.  This was a fun little piece to put together and one of the ways I'm able to get some of this seemingly useless trivia out of my brain and onto paper (electronically, of course) so that it's documented somewhere.  


As we rapidly approach Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year, it's a time we all reflect back on our memories.  Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade was never that big of a deal in my family, but like all kids, watching the balloons float through the streets of New York City was pretty darn exciting.  Especially when they were my favorite cartoon characters!  

If I'm telling the truth, you couldn't pay me enough to stand on a New York City sidewalk in the freezing cold, on Thanksgiving no less, with millions of other people corralled in by police barricades.  Even before COVID, I wouldn't think of it.  

If that's something you enjoy and a family tradition of yours, good on you, and I hope you enjoyed every minute of it.  It's just not for me.  I'd rather watch the spectacle on TV in the warmth and comfort of home.

Sometimes, though, the parade just doesn't go as planned.  The weather may not cooperate and the balloons collide with objects in the street.  Sometimes the balloons rip and can't hold air and deflate on their own.  In a worst-case scenario, people get injured.  I distinctly remember watching the Parade one year when the wind was so bad they threatened to cancel the event.  People were injured by falling debris, and I remember the media firestorm it caused for weeks after.

With your own memories of the Macy's Parade in mind, please click the link below.  I hope you enjoy reading about the mishaps at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over the years!

Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving!!!


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