NEW YORK – Wrinkled with a coronavirus epidemic last year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returned to full swing Thursday.
Balloons, floats, marching bands, clowns, and performers – and, of course, Santa Claus – were 2 1/2 miles (4 kilometers) of Manhattan streets, but last year was again limited to one block or sometimes re-tapered. .
Viewers who closed in 2020 have lined up on the route again. High school and college marching bands from across the country were invited back to the band; Most of last year’s artists had settled locally to reduce travel. Last year, giant balloons attached to vehicles retrieved their costume handlers. And celebrities came.
The most memorable guest appearances came from “Blues Clues” hosts Steve Burns, Donovan Patton and Joshua Dela Cruz, who regained the rank.
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‘Blues Clues’ hosts reunite on float: Steve Burns says ‘feels like you’
Almost 20 years after the original “Blue’s Clues” host abruptly left the children’s program to go to college, Burns returned for a reunion with fellow hosts Patton and Dela Cruz, which left many fans emotional.
Burns, Patton and DeLaal Cruz performed “You Can’t Spell Blue Without You” on this year’s “Blues Clues” float, which has been part of the festival since 1999, said parade host Savannah Guthrie.
“It feels just like you, you asked us to play. Three Sang In celebration of generations of fans who have supported the series for the past 25 years.
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“Loved seeing all our #BluesCluesAndYou fam on #MacysParade.” Tweeted Nickelodeon, the show’s network “Is anyone else suddenly getting really emotional?”
Someone was definitely cutting onions on Twitterverse.
Burns hosted the show from 1996 to 2002 and was closely associated with its success in cooking for preschool-age children. Donovan Patton was replaced by Steve’s younger brother “Joe” from 2004 to 2007. Dela Cruz revival of “Blues Clues & You!” From 2019 onwards.
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President Biden calls on Al Roker: ‘America is back’
For President Joe Biden, the full return of the march was a sign of renewal and he called on NBC broadcaster Al Roker to say so.
“Oh God, look who’s calling,” said the presenters of the “Today” show, showing the president’s face on his phone.
“Two years later, we’re back.
Roker responded: “Thank you very much. I hope you continue to watch the parade. Santa is coming. Santa is coming, President!”
“I’m waiting for Santa,” Biden replied.
Andrea Mitchell of NBC News shared a picture of the sweet confrontation on Twitter. The photo shows the first couple smiling in front of the television while Biden leans over to his cell phone.
Harry Connick Jr. plays Daddy Warbucks unrecognizable ‘Ani live!’
Daddy Warbucks is at home.
Connick Jr. plays Daddy Warbucks at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, “Annie Live!” Plus his first live appearance. Co-actress Selina Smith. After getting off the old school car, the two sang “I Don’t Need Anything But You.”
His signature hair was nowhere to be seen. Connick Jr. wore a full white suit and bald hat, which appeared to catch people’s eyes. Not in a good way superficially.
“Harry Connick Jr. plays Jeff Bezos in the TV version of ‘Annie’,” @JoePontillo Tweeted. User @ Donewitheveryt6 Added, “Is it just me or is this the scariest thing ever in a Harry Connick Jr. bald hat?”
“Ani live!” EST airs on December 2 at 8pm on NBC.
Safety measures in place: vaccine ordering, masking
The Thanksgiving Parade is the latest US holiday event, with large gatherings amid the ongoing epidemic of vaccines, familiarity and utter frustration.
Security measures have been continued, though. Parade staff and volunteers had to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear masks, although some singers and performers were allowed to shed them. Viewers didn’t need any inoculation, but Macy’s and the city encouraged them to cover their faces. The popular pre-parade spectacle – the inflation of giant balloons – was limited to vaccinated viewers.
Greater police presence after the Christmas Parade tragedy
The Thanksgiving event came just days after an SUV driver plowed through a Christmas parade in the Milwaukee suburb, killing six people and injuring more than 60. The driver, who is charged with willful homicide, was speeding by police after a domestic dispute, authorities said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that there is no credible, specific threat to the Thanksgiving parade, but the New York Police Department’s security measures are as wide-ranging as ever.
“I’m very confident in what the NYPD has prepared to keep everyone safe,” he said.
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Thousands of police officers were deployed to the parade route, from the streets to the roofs. Cars are blocked off the parade route with sand-filled garbage trucks, other heavy vehicles and a concrete barrier of approximately 360,000 pounds (163,000 kilograms).
Bomb Detection Dogs, Bomb Squad Officers, Heavy Weapons Teams, Radiation and Chemical Sensors and more than 300 cameras have been sent to the parade route, said Martin Meteraso, head of the NYPD Terrorism Control Division.
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Inside the barricades, the parade consisted of about 8,000 participants, four dozen balloons of various sizes and two dozen floats.
New ‘Baby Yoda’ float, more star appearance
The new balloon giants joining the lineup include the title role of the Netflix series “Ada Twist, Scientist”; Sled’s Pokಮನ್mon characters Pikachu and Ewe (Pikachu appear differently), and Grog, aka “Baby Yoda,” from the television show “The Mandalorian”. The new floats are coming from units from Condiment Maker Heinz to NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service to the Louisiana Tourism Office.
Entertainment and celebrities include Carrie Underwood, John Batiste, Nelly, Kelly Rowland, Miss America Camille Schreier, Band Foreigner, and many others. Several Broadway musicals and Radio City rockets also performed.
Contribution: Associated Press
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