samedi 1 décembre 2007

MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE IN NEW YORK


Every year, Macy's, the world's largest department store, organizes very popular events. Its Thanksgiving Day Parade is a real institution in New York City.
On the fourth Thursday in november, the same day that most Americans gather around the dining table and eat turkey to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade marches through the streets of New York City. Elaborate floats, marching bands, clowns and celebrities creatre a carnivalesque atmosphere.
But the main attraction is the parade's giant helium balloons, many of which represent cartoon characters.
For more than 80 years, the parade has drawn spectators who line the streets and cheer on the participants.
The holiday event grew ( and grew) over time from a small parade of floats and live animals organized by Macy's employees- the majority of whom were emigrants-into a large scale annual tradition. The parade showcases 10,000 participants, and crowds of 2 to 3.5 million spectators cram Manhattan streets for a close-up view. Another 50 million watch the parade on TV.

To make online puzzles on the theme of the Macy's Thanksgiving parade :
http://www.macys.com/campaign/parade/pop/puzzles.jsp

1 commentaire:

Anna Maria a dit…

This is true. I can testify to that. Some of my students drive up to New York to see the parade with their families and return the next day. Many others, watch it on TV on Thanksgiving Day. I have never seen it, but then again, I am European and don't buy into all the American traditions associated with major American holidays. Thanksgiving is nice because it opens the Christmas season.
Mme Cherubin