Giant balloons of characters like Pikachu, the Minions and Baby Yodamusic bands and pop diva Mariah Carey encouraged this Thursday the famous New York Thanksgiving Paradewhich according to its organizers was the largest to date.
The event, organized by department stores Macy’s, It started earlier than usual, first thing in the morning, with a generally family audience waiting behind the fences that lined the avenues in the center of the city, closed to traffic and in which a festive atmosphere was breathed.
The parade left the Upper West Side neighborhood, west of Central Park, and headed south through the center of Manhattan to culminate at noon in Herald Square, an avenue intersection crowned by the Macy’s building, which decorates its facade every year with a huge figure of a turkey.
Macy’s CEO, jeff gennette, already warned last night that the event was going to be “bigger than ever”, with some 8,000 participants and the last of them Santa Claus, who greeted the spectators from his float marking the “beginning of the Christmas season”, he said in a Press conference.
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In case there were any doubts that Christmas is just around the corner, the singer Mariah Carey She made that clear by singing her anthem “All I Want for Christmas is You” to close the event, donning a red dress and rousing a crowd that would soon be heading home to cook the roast turkey.
In addition to Carey, there was a string of stars that were seen, including the singer Gloria Estefan and the actor Mario López, while there was a tribute to the reggaeton icon Bad Bunny with a balloon resembling the heart that illustrates his album "A summer without ti", with only one eye and a sad face.
Today's parade, in its 96th edition, was the second after the coronavirus pandemic, which in 2020 left an unusual scene with the streets of New York practically empty, while last year difficult-to-find masks predominated this Thursday among the crowds.
On Thanksgiving Day, Americans retire to meet their family and friends, and then a party of consumerism begins in which they go out to take advantage of discounts and promotions in stores from Friday, known as Black Friday, until Monday, baptized as cyber monday.