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Thanksgiving Parades: Hallmarks of This American Celebration

Today, Thanksgiving parades have become quite common place. Practically every state has one in its major cities. Some cities have more lavished parades, while others have humbler means. Each one is designed to celebrate and give thanks for all we have obtained this year. The family friendly atmosphere is ideal for children as well. These parades often get plenty of television coverage.
Toothless in today's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The oldest Thanksgiving Parade took place in 1920, in the City of Brotherly Love. It takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It features floats, marching bands, choirs and performances. It starts at 8:30 a.m. at 2th Street and JFK Boulevard. It ends at 12 p.m. close the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Its early time is idea for taking your children out to see the parade. After it, visitors and locals can visit the museum. The one in Philadelphia is known as the Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade. In the US, it is not unusual for major companies to host these public events as a sign of good faith. The most famous parade is actually The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. It always gets the most TV coverage. Each year more than 3 million people gather in the city to watch the passage of the parade floats. Broadway performers also sing and dance in this event. The show begins in Central Park West, and 6th Avenue in Manhattan. The show ends in 34th Street facing Macy’s Herald Square. Another noteworthy parade takes place in Chicago. McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade has been running since 1934. The company originally made it as an effort to cheer the locals who were suffering because of the Great Depressing. This holiday tradition continues till this day in the Windy City. This year the parade is going to be led by actor/director David Arquette. This is another early show starting in 8 a.m. and concluding at 11 a.m. It starts at State Street and Congress Parkway, ending in Randolph Street. Macy's Parade 1938 Detroit has its America’s Thanksgiving Parade. This one does not get much coverage, even though it started in the same year as Macy’s parade. It still maintains its strong, historical roots, with the balloons and the marching band as well. It is also a bit shorter starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 12 p.m. in Congress Street. The last noteworthy Thanksgiving Day parade is the one that takes place in Houston, Texas. It is known as the H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade. It begins in Smith and Lamar Street. It features the same gimmicks with the balloons, and the marching bands. This one differs somewhat because Santa Claus appears earlier than usual. The streets are usually filled with over 200,000 paraded goers. For all the festivities, there are some important issues to keep in mind. Recently, public events in the US have the bad habit of attracting all sorts of nuts. The FBI issued today an alert. They suspect that the parades and Black Friday public stores might be potential targets. If you are afraid, there is no reason to miss out. You can always shop online during Cyber Monday, and watch the parade in your television. The FBI warning was only sent to Chicago and New York. The other parades should be relatively safe. If you do choose to go, you will note the extra security with the K9 units and all the police officers. With any luck, the parades will go as planned. Though if you see an unattended bag or a person acting suspicious, report it.

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