The Night Before The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade By Stacy Hoff

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Wednesday night, my family and I participated in a tradition I had never done in New York City, even though I grew up there—the inflation of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. This “evening before” event was more wonderful than I could have imagined. Holiday songs played over loudspeakers, giving a festive mood. Thousands laughed, sang, talked, and “ooh-ed” and “ahh-ed” at the sight of the massive, beautiful balloons. New York City may be a massive metropolis filled with tourists but it felt like an close-knit community to me.

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The balloon blowing takes place in Manhattan by the American Museum of Natural History, at 81st Street and Central Park West. It winds all the way to 79th Street and Columbus Ave. It’s one large square block filled with throngs of people and balloons.

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I’m so glad I took my kids to see this sight. It was definitely worth the trip to Manhattan from New England. Ironically, I got to see now what I missed in my childhood. At least in my youth I got to see the parade live. I never knew about the balloon blowing, or else I would have begged my parents.

Thanksgiving may be done, but is the holiday really over? Not when wonderful memories live on!

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I wish all of you a joyous Thanksgiving weekend!

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