Fun Things To Do This Weekend From Around The Country!

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There are so many terrific holiday parades and festivities taking place all over the country this week. Choosing a direction was really difficult. The weekend kicks off with the world famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, it is the “official” start of the holiday shopping season. Or as I lovingly refer to it, shopping insanity! So we have parades on Thanksgiving and all weekend. On Friday there are bunches; Saturday bunches more. Santa is the guest of honor at 1000’s of upcoming parades. But finally, as you can see from my list, exclusively Thanksgiving Day won out!

As those of you that have been reading my blogs for a awhile know, one of my top ten all time favorite movies is Miracle on 34th Street. The connection to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is unmistakable. It is the key to the entire story and the movie opens with the parade itself. From a very early time in my life, I made it a point to see that movie every year around Thanksgiving. When my children were small, we made it a annual tradition to watch that movie first thing in the morning every Thanksgiving. As the years went by, the audience grew thin to the point where it is usually just me now. But I am ok with that because I know that my children have a soft spot in their hearts for that movie.

Maybe, by focusing on Thanksgiving Day parades we can all combine the holidays with our family traditions and make memories to last lifetimes. So, this week I invite you to get out on Thanksgiving morning and attend one of these fabulous parades. If that isn’t an option, you can always rent, Miracle on 34th Street and enjoy it with your family. And after the movie, watch the actual parade on TV as the new appetizer to your holiday meal. This will contribute to making wonderful memories of fabulous, warm times on Thanksgiving.

Whatever event you attend or movie you watch, grab Grandma, the dog and perhaps someone less fortunate and do something together. My most sincere wishes to you and your family for a Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 24, 2011
Enjoy a fun Thanksgiving Day parade that includes bands, floats and marching units.
Nov 24, 2011
Since 1934, State Street comes to life on Thanksgiving morning when the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade® marches into downtown Chicago. Start your holiday tradition by watching all the action live on the street and be blown away by performances from some of Chicago’s favorite theater troupes, bands, horses, and giant balloons. Maybe catch a glimpse of one of your favorite celebrities including Ronald McDonald®, Santa and more! The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade brings the holidays to your family for free.
420,000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2011
Since 1927, start by watching or running the annual Turkey Trot 10k on the parade route. This parade kicks off the holiday season with nearly 100 marching units, floats, bands, equestrian units, balloons and other entertainers from across North America. Onlookers anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus.
1,400,000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2011
Since 1924. The parade is a national tradition. Floats, bands, stage shows, bands and giant balloons. If you live in the region, and have never been to the parade, come for the time of your life. The parade ends in front of Macy’s Department Store.
2,000,000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2011
The oldest parade of its kind celebrates the beginning of the holiday season with elaborate floats, toe-tapping music and the arrival of santa claus. The parade features the largest number of helium balloons in the country and Marching bands are encouraged to partcipate in the parade.
500,000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2011
Since 1950, a holiday tradition and perennial favorite that includes floats, balloons, marching units and more. Topped off by the always highly anticipated arrival of Santa. Thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of spectators.
250,000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2011
Since 1947, this is one of North Carolina’s oldest traditions featuring great entertainment from regional high school bands, clowns, floats, novelty units and much more.
150,000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2011
Westchester County’s largest parade, with 18 marching bands, 15 floats, and over 1,000 participants.

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