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NEW YORK XMAS PARADE (MACY'S)
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Summary: NEW YORK XMAS PARADE (MACY'S)
Story No: BM49516
Source: British Movietone
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Date: 08/12/1947 00:00 AM
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York reminds us that Christmas is nearly here.

Disclaimer: British Movietone is an historical collection. Any views and expressions within either the video or metadata of the collection are reproduced for historical accuracy and do not represent the opinions or editorial policies of the Associated Press.

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KS GV street with large balloon flying over. Various shots of Macy's parade through the streets large balloons all shapes, being paraded through streets. Cut-ins of crowds watching parade.

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US Balloons
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Summary: Giant novelty balloons inflated for Thanksgiving parade
Story No: 716012
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 24/11/2011 02:38 AM
People: Paul Frank , Mary J. Blige , Cee Lo Green , Avril Lavigne
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1. Medium of Julius the monkey balloon in net awaiting release

2. Medium of Julius' jetpack

3. Medium of workers blowing up balloons

4. Close-up of worker putting helium into balloon

5. Wide of SpongeBob SquarePants balloon being blown up

6. Close-up of worker putting helium into balloon

7. Wide of workers around SpongeBob balloon

8. Close-up of helium machine, pan to workers

9. Children watching balloons being inflated

10. Crowd looking at balloons being inflated

11. Medium of workers inflating Kermit the Frog balloon

12. Close-up then pan of Kermit the Frog balloon

13. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Piper, Vice President of Macy's Parade Studios:

"Today we are having our inflation celebration and that is when all of the balloons for the 85th annual Thanksgiving day parade are getting their yearly dose of helium, they are inflating them even as we speak the balloons are being inflated on both streets by six teams simultaneously with 24 hoses and over 20 tonnes of sand for all of the nets and the sandbags that they have to put around to keep the balloons down."

14. Various of Spiderman balloon head being inflated

15. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Piper, Vice President of Macy's Parade Studios:

"Everybody should see the brand new wonderful balloons we have this year including as I said, Julius, Sonic the hedgehog, our brand new balloonical, that is the AFLIAC duck riding on an enormous tobagen over a snow drift coming down the parade route under his own power, no lines attached. He is going to be having a great time tomorrow and we have 15 giant balloons, four balloonicals, 28 of our smaller balloons, including a retro balloon from our own history in honour of our 85th anniversary."

19. Wide shot of AFLIAC duck

16. Wide of AFLAC duck

17. Medium of Kool-Aid balloon

STORYLINE:

There'll be some monkeying around at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade when Paul Frank's sock puppet-inspired simian, Julius, makes its debut in front of millions of spectators on Thursday.

Sporting a jetpack, the 41-foot (12.5 metre) tall Julius joins 14 other giant balloons, which were inflated on Wednesday near New York's Central Park.

Video game character Sonic the Hedgehog returns to the parade after an 18-year absence.

Thousands of people, many families with children in tow, were drawn to the spectacle of the balloons lying as if asleep on the streets, held down by weighted nets.

Besides the popular giant helium balloons, Macy's parade is also expected to feature more than 40 other balloon creations, 27 floats, 800 clowns and 1,600 cheerleaders.

John Piper, Vice President of Macy's Parade Studios spoke excitedly ahead of the parade calling for everybody to "see the brand new wonderful balloons we have this year."

Organisers say Mary J. Blige, Cee Lo Green, Avril Lavigne and the Muppets of Sesame Street will participate, some taking the stage at the end of the route in Herald Square and others performing on floats.

About 3.5 (m) million people are expected to crowd the Manhattan parade route on Thursday, while an additional 50 (m) million watch from home.

The parade began in 1924 and included live animals such as camels, goats and elephants.

It was not until 1927 that the live animals were replaced by giant helium balloons.

The parade was suspended from 1942 to 1944 because rubber and helium were needed for World War II.

But one thing has remained: since its inception, the balloons have always been based on popular cultural characters and holiday themes.

Returning favourites this year include Buzz Lightyear, Clumsy Smurf, SpongeBob SquarePants and Kermit the Frog.

Also making their first appearances at this year's parade are a pair of bike-powered balloons, one featuring a bulldog character and an elf balloon designed by Queens resident Keith Lapinig, who won a nationwide contest.

All the balloons are created at Macy's Parade Studio, and each undergoes testing for flight patterns, aerodynamics, buoyancy and lift.

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Entertainment US Balloons
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Summary: Giant novelty balloons inflated for Thanksgiving parade
Story No: 716041
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 24/11/2011 07:21 AM
People: Paul Frank , Mary J. Blige , Cee Lo Green , Avril Lavigne
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SPIDERMAN, KERMIT THE FROG BALLOONS COME OUT FOR MACYS ANNUAL THANKSGIVING PARADE

There'll be some monkeying around at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade when Paul Frank's sock puppet-inspired simian, Julius, makes its debut in front of millions of spectators on Thursday.

Sporting a jetpack, the 41-foot (12.5 metre) tall Julius joins 14 other giant balloons, which were inflated on Wednesday (23 Nov. 2011) near New York's Central Park.

Video game character Sonic the Hedgehog returns to the parade after an 18-year absence.

Thousands of people, many families with children in tow, were drawn to the spectacle of the balloons lying as if asleep on the streets, held down by weighted nets.

Besides the popular giant helium balloons, Macy's parade is also expected to feature more than 40 other balloon creations, 27 floats, 800 clowns and 1,600 cheerleaders.

John Piper, Vice President of Macy's Parade Studios spoke excitedly ahead of the parade calling for everybody to "see the brand new wonderful balloons we have this year."

Organizers say Mary J. Blige, Cee Lo Green, Avril Lavigne and the Muppets of Sesame Street will participate, some taking the stage at the end of the route in Herald Square and others performing on floats.

About 3.5 (m) million people are expected to crowd the Manhattan parade route on Thursday, while an additional 50 (m) million watch from home.

The parade began in 1924 and included live animals such as camels, goats and elephants.

It was not until 1927 that the live animals were replaced by giant helium balloons.

The parade was suspended from 1942 to 1944 because rubber and helium were needed for World War II.

But one thing has remained: since its inception, the balloons have always been based on popular cultural characters and holiday themes.

Returning favorites this year include Buzz Lightyear, Clumsy Smurf, SpongeBob SquarePants and Kermit the Frog.

Also making their first appearances at this year's parade are a pair of bike-powered balloons, one featuring a bulldog character and an elf balloon designed by Queens resident Keith Lapinig, who won a nationwide contest.

All the balloons are created at Macy's Parade Studio, and each undergoes testing for flight patterns, aerodynamics, buoyancy and lift.

AP Entertainment

New York - 23 Nov 2011

1. Medium of Julius the monkey balloon in net awaiting release

2. Medium of Julius' jetpack

3. Medium of workers blowing up balloons

4. Close-up of worker putting helium into balloon

5. Wide of SpongeBob SquarePants balloon being blown up

6. Close-up of worker putting helium into balloon

7. Wide of workers around SpongeBob balloon

8. Close-up of helium machine, pan to workers

9. Children watching balloons being inflated

10. Crowd looking at balloons being inflated

11. Medium of workers inflating Kermit the Frog balloon

12. Close-up then pan of Kermit the Frog balloon

13. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Piper, Vice President of Macy's Parade Studios:

"Today we are having our inflation celebration and that is when all of the balloons for the 85th annual Thanksgiving day parade are getting their yearly dose of helium, they are inflating them even as we speak the balloons are being inflated on both streets by six teams simultaneously with 24 hoses and over 20 tones of sand for all of the nets and the sandbags that they have to put around to keep the balloons down."

14. Various of Spiderman balloon head being inflated

15. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Piper, Vice President of Macy's Parade Studios:

"Everybody should see the brand new wonderful balloons we have this year including as I said, Julius, Sonic the hedgehog, our brand new balloonical, that is the AFLIAC duck riding on an enormous tobagen over a snow drift coming down the parade route under his own power, no lines attached. He is going to be having a great time tomorrow and we have 15 giant balloons, four balloonicals, 28 of our smaller balloons, including a retro balloon from our own history in honour of our 85th anniversary."

19. Wide shot of AFLIAC duck

16. Wide of AFLAC duck

17. Medium of Kool-Aid balloon

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US Thanksgiving
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Summary: Thanksgiving Day parade in New York
Story No: 716147
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 24/11/2011 17:58 PM
People: Lauren Graham , Peter Krause , Avril Lavigne , Cee Lo Green , Tim Burton , Paul Frank , Mary J. Blige
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1. Pan of balloons and handlers waiting for start of parade

2. Mid of marchers starting parade

3. Mid of Sonic the Hedgehog balloon

4. Mid of pilgrims marching

5. Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson waving, with actors Lauren Graham and Peter Krause

6. Pan of singer Avril Lavigne on float

7. Pull out from police balloon to officers on guard

8. Marching band

9. UPSOUND: (English) Clown: "Happy Thanksgiving"

10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Steven Isaacson with daughter Sydney:

"Oh my goodness. I think Buzz Lightyear is the winner this year."

11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Leah Lichstein:

"I want to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid. But he's right up there somewhere. And I'm thankful for just being with my family and my friends this Thanksgiving."

12. Mid of Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon

13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Olivia Isaacson and Laura Lichstein:

"Elmo. (Laura: And what else?) The balloons. I don't know what else."

14. Zoom into Buzz Lightyear balloon, tilt down to handlers

15. Mid of firefighter balloon

16. Pan of singer Cee-Lo Green on float

17. Mid of dough boy balloon

18. Tilt down from balloon to child, pan to people in crowd waving

STORYLINE:

A festive mood prevailed on Thursday as the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through the crowded streets of Manhattan beneath brilliant sunshine.

The US Department store Macy's predicted 3.5 (m) million people could crowd the parade route, while an additional 50 (m) million watched from home.

A jetpack-wearing monkey and a freakish creation from filmmaker Tim Burton are two of the big new balloons that were making their inaugural appearances.

Paul Frank's Julius and Burton's B. joined more than a dozen other giant balloons, including fan favourites like Snoopy and Spider-Man.

Steven Isaacson and daughter Sydney both decided that the Buzz Lightyear balloon was their favourite this year.

In all, the parade featured more than 40 balloon creations, 27 floats, 800 clowns and 1,600 cheerleaders.

While Leah Lichstein was happy to see the Diary of a Wimpy Kid character, she was also "thankful for just being with my family and my friends this Thanksgiving."

The star power included Mary J. Blige, Cee Lo Green, Avril Lavigne and the Muppets of Sesame Street.

Some performances were at a stage at the end of the route in Herald Square; others were on floats.

Dozens of handlers got revved up with a cheer heralding their cartoon balloon character: "Buzz! Lightyear! Buzz! Lightyear!"

The parade begins at 77th Street and heads south on Central Park West to Seventh Avenue, before moving to Sixth Avenue and ending at Macy's Herald Square.

The parade got its start in 1924 and included live animals such as camels, goats and elephants.

It was not until 1927 that the live animals were replaced by giant helium balloons.

The parade was suspended from 1942 to 1944 because rubber and helium were needed for World War II.

Since the beginning, the balloons have been based on popular cultural characters and holiday themes.

Returning favourites this year include Buzz Lightyear, Clumsy Smurf, SpongeBob SquarePants and Kermit the Frog.

All the balloons are created at Macy's Parade Studio, and each undergoes testing for flight patterns, aerodynamics, buoyancy and lift.

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Entertainment US Thanksgiving
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Summary: A starstudded Thanksgiving Day parade in New York
Story No: 716151
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 24/11/2011 18:15 PM
People: Tim Burton , Paul Frank , Mary J. Blige , Cee Lo Green , Avril Lavigne , Lauren Graham , Peter Krause
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A STAR-STUDDED THANKSGIVING PARADE IN THE NEW YORK

A festive mood prevailed on Thursday as the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through the crowded streets of Manhattan beneath brilliant sunshine.

The US Department store Macy's predicted 3.5 (m) million people could crowd the parade route, while an additional 50 (m) million watched from home.

A jetpack-wearing monkey and a freakish creation from filmmaker Tim Burton are two of the big new balloons that were making their inaugural appearances.

Paul Frank's Julius and Burton's B. joined more than a dozen other giant balloons, including fan favourites like Snoopy and Spider-Man.

Steven Isaacson and daughter Sydney both decided that the Buzz Lightyear balloon was their favourite this year.

In all, the parade featured more than 40 balloon creations, 27 floats, 800 clowns and 1,600 cheerleaders.

While Leah Lichstein was happy to see the Diary of a Wimpy Kid character, she was also "thankful for just being with my family and my friends this Thanksgiving."

The star power included Mary J. Blige, Cee Lo Green, Avril Lavigne and the Muppets of Sesame Street.

Some performances were at a stage at the end of the route in Herald Square; others were on floats.

Dozens of handlers got revved up with a cheer heralding their cartoon balloon character: "Buzz! Lightyear! Buzz! Lightyear!"

The parade begins at 77th Street and heads south on Central Park West to Seventh Avenue, before moving to Sixth Avenue and ending at Macy's Herald Square.

The parade got its start in 1924 and included live animals such as camels, goats and elephants.

It was not until 1927 that the live animals were replaced by giant helium balloons.

The parade was suspended from 1942 to 1944 because rubber and helium were needed for World War II.

Since the beginning, the balloons have been based on popular cultural characters and holiday themes.

Returning favourites this year include Buzz Lightyear, Clumsy Smurf, SpongeBob SquarePants and Kermit the Frog.

All the balloons are created at Macy's Parade Studio, and each undergoes testing for flight patterns, aerodynamics, buoyancy and lift.

AP Entertainment

New York, 24 November 2011

1. Pan of balloons and handlers waiting for start of parade

2. Mid of marchers starting parade

3. Mid of Sonic the Hedgehog balloon

4. Mid of pilgrims marching

5. Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson waving, with actors Lauren Graham and Peter Krause

6. Pan of singer Avril Lavigne on float

7. Pull out from police balloon to officers on guard

8. Marching band

9. UPSOUND: (English) Clown: "Happy Thanksgiving"

10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Steven Isaacson with daughter Sydney:

"Oh my goodness. I think Buzz Lightyear is the winner this year."

11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Leah Lichstein:

"I want to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid. But he's right up there somewhere. And I'm thankful for just being with my family and my friends this Thanksgiving."

12. Mid of Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon

13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Olivia Isaacson and Laura Lichstein:

"Elmo. (Laura: And what else?) The balloons. I don't know what else."

14. Zoom into Buzz Lightyear balloon, tilt down to handlers

15. Mid of firefighter balloon

16. Pan of singer Cee-Lo Green on float

17. Mid of dough boy balloon

18. Tilt down from balloon to child, pan to people in crowd waving

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Summary: The helium heavies that will float through Manhattan for the famed Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade are almost ready for their official debut. This year's parade will feature more than 50 balloon creations, 27 floats and 800 clowns.
Story No: 820664
Source: AP
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 28/11/2011 10:32 AM
People: Paul Frank , Tim Burton , Mary J. Blige , Cee Lo Green , Avril Lavigne
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HEADLINE: Raw Video: Preps underway for Macy's parade in NYC

CAPTION: The helium heavies that will float through Manhattan for the famed Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade are almost ready for their official debut. This year's parade will feature more than 50 balloon creations, 27 floats and 800 clowns. (Nov. 23)

[Location - Date:New York - Nov. 23]

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John Piper, VP, Macy's Parade Studio

STORYLINE:

NEW YORK (AP) _ There'll be some monkeying around at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade when Paul Frank's sock puppet-inspired simian Julius makes its debut in front of millions of spectators Thursday.

Sporting a jetpack, the 41-foot-tall Julius joins 14 other giant balloons, including fellow newcomer B., a freakish creation from filmmaker Tim Burton, and video game character Sonic the Hedgehog returns after an 18-year absence.

The helium heavies will be inflated beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday across the street from the western side of Central Park between 77th and 81 streets.

Macy's parade also is expected to feature more than 40 other balloon creations, 27 floats, 800 clowns and 1,600 cheerleaders. Organizers say Mary J. Blige, Cee Lo Green, Avril Lavigne and the Muppets of Sesame Street will participate, some taking the stage at the end of the route in Herald Square and others performing on floats.

About 3.5 million people are expected to crowd the Manhattan parade route on Thursday, while an additional 50 million watch from home.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Morrin said a storm was expected to speed away by Thursday morning, leaving mostly sunny skies and 10 mph winds, well below city guidelines for grounding balloons.

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Summary: Brilliant sunshine has greeted the crowds lining New York City's streets for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade through Manhattan features more than 40 balloon creations, 27 floats, 800 clowns and 1,600 cheerleaders. (Nov. 24)
Story No: 820684
Source: AP
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 28/11/2011 10:39 AM
People: Teresa Scanlan
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HEADLINE: Parading for thanks in New York

CAPTION: Brilliant sunshine has greeted the crowds lining New York City's streets for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade through Manhattan features more than 40 balloon creations, 27 floats, 800 clowns and 1,600 cheerleaders. (Nov. 24)

Steven isaacson

I'm just thankful that I'm here with my family and it's a beautiful sunny day in New york. We're just going to have a great thanks giving and eat lots of turkey.

Leah Lichstein:

"I want to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid. But he's right up there somewhere. And I thankful for just being with my family and my friends this Thanksgiving."

Larisel Mejia

I want to be thankful for my dad and santa claus.

Teresa Scanlan

Oh my goodness it was a thrill to be here, a part of this great American tradition especially on the 85th anniversary. I'm thankful for so many things but specifically the country we live in. It's been an honor to represent it this year just because I'm so very proud of the people here and the amazing country and the people I think that's something we should be grateful for every day.

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US Macy's
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Summary: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade producers unveil new floats for this year
Story No: 866874
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 13/11/2012 19:23 PM
People: Carly Rae Jepsen , Flo Rida , Don McLean , Jimmy Fallon
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1. Wide of new Sprout float

2. SOUNDBITE (English): Amy Kule, Executive Producer, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

"We have a new float from Sprout this year which is what we're on right now. Chica is going to be the puppet, the world's most famous chicken."

3. Mid of woman with Chica puppet

4. Mid of drawing of National Collegiate Athletic Association float

5. Wide of man shooting basket into NCAA float

6. SOUNDBITE (English): Amy Kule, Executive Producer, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

"NCAA is working with us this year on a brand new float celebrating 75 years of March Madness. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back and they've got an amazing new float with a Zip Line so they are going to be actively jumping all over and zipping on that float."

7. Wide of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles float

8. Actors in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes

9. Close of actors in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes

10. Wide of Pepperidge Farms Goldfish float

11. SOUNDBITE (English): Amy Kule, Executive Producer, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

"The Pepperidge Farm folks have come to us and all of the little goldfish have decided to build their own Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade with found objects all over a kid's bedroom floor."

12. Close of Pepperidge Farms Goldfish float

13. Actors in Goldfish costumes with children

14. Wide of Gibson guitar float

15. Close of Gibson guitar float

16. SOUNDBITE (English): Amy Kule, Executive Producer, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

"Two other floats that we have this year making their debut is Gibson guitar. We've got a fifty foot Les Paul that you can actually walk up. JImmy Fallon and the Roots will be performing on that. And lastly Domino Sugar is stirring up sweet sensation with a brand new float full of life and animation. It's going to be a gorgeous parade this year."

17. Wide of Domino Sugar float

18. Close of spoon stirring in Domino Sugar float

19. Cookies on Domino Sugar float

STORYLINE:

The producers of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Tuesday unveiled six new floats that will be in the parade this year.

The new floats for the New York parade will include: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, NCAA basketball, the Sunnyside Up Show, Pepperidge Farms Goldfish, Gibson guitars and Domino Sugar.

This year will mark the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Performers at the parade will include Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida, Karmin, Don McLean and Jimmy Fallon and The Roots.

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Summary: Macy's parade balloons are inflated in New York City. New this year are Hello Kitty, Elf on a Shelf, Papa Smurf and Kaws's Companion
Story No: 831380
Source: AP
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 21/11/2012 12:00 PM
People: Jimmy McMillan
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HEADLINE:Raw: Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade balloons

CAPTION: Macy's parade balloons are inflated in New York City. New this year are Hello Kitty, Elf on a Shelf, Papa Smurf and Kaws's Companion. (Nov. 21)

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New York, New York - November 21, 2012

1. Wide of new Papa Smurf balloon

2. Medium of crowd

3. Wide of new Hello Kitty balloon

4. SOUNDBITE: Amy Kule/Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

"This year at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade we're going to fly sixteen enormous balloons, three of them brand new that nobody has ever seen before. We've got Hello Kitty, which is right behind me, it's going to be the first balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade flying in her own plane. If you want to come down the parade route, flying in your own plane is the way to go. Papa Smurf the papa of all Smurfs will be new to the parade this year and we've got Elf on the Shelf who is the biggest elf that we've got looking down and making sure that everyone gets their Christmas wishes."

5. Medium of "The Elf on the Shelf" authors Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell, along with her twin sister Christa Pitts.

6. Wide of The Elf on the Shelf balloon

7. SOUNDBITE: Chanda Bell/Co-Author of best-selling children's book "The Elf on the Shelf"

"Well, I mentioned it to mom, the elf was sitting out on a shelf one day and I just said to her, mom we should write a book about the elf and our own family tradition, and that's what we did and now here we are eight years later with a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and I think just what we do really resonates with people, special family moments and family traditions, and what better fit than the Macy's Parade, cause that is an American tradition."

8. Wide time lapse on the inflation of the Spider Man balloon

9. Medium of workers inflating balloon

10. Wide of balloon Chloe the Holiday Clown

11. Wide of balloon Kaws's Companion

12.Tight of mother and son watching balloon inflation

13. SOUNDBITE: JJ Caro/New York resident

"I'm excited for this parade, everybody say New York, New York! It's going to be awesome it's going to be like the best parade ever. It's for Thanksgiving.

14. Wide of Kermit the Frog balloon

15. Wide of Santa Clause balloon

STORYLINE:

One man's Elf on the Shelf is another's Kermit the Frog, but at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, there is room for both.

The parade has to be a multigenerational crowd-pleaser for the more than 3 million people who typically attend the event and the TV audience of 50 million. There are 86 years of history to honor while making a pitch to first-time fans.

For many families, the parade characters are like the cousins that float around grandma's house: They're familiar, but not everyone at the table knows the backstory

New giant balloons this year are Papa Smurf, a new version of Hello Kitty and The Elf on the Shelf.

The Elf on the Shelf is an old holiday decoration. Mother and Daughter writing team Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell wrote a childrens' book featuring the character back in 2005. It's become a best seller and debuts this year as a balloon in the parade.

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US Parade
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Summary: Thanksgiving parade brings cheer to storm-hit NYC
Story No: 867963
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 22/11/2012 18:16 PM
People: Whoopi Goldberg
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SHOTLIST:

1. Wide of Charlie Brown balloon on parade

2. Close of Charlie Brown balloon

3. Mid of marching band, AUDIO: music

4. Close of comedian Whoopi Goldberg dressed as pirate and standing at helm of ship, zoom out to wide of parade float

5. Mid of people watching parade from building

6. Wide of Spiderman balloon on parade

7. Close of Spiderman balloon

8. Mid of crowd watching from pavement

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Vox pop, Collin Sundsted, Tourist from Washington, DC:

"Well, I'm just thankful for my family and that I'm here in New York. Whooo!"

10. Mid of performers

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Vox pop, John Small, Tourist from Long Island, BY:

"After being in Long Beach through the Hurricane in 360 Shore Road, no car, no electricity, no power, it's great to be out here." UPSOUND: (Crowd) "Yeah!"

12. Close of Kermit the Frog balloon on parade

13. Mid of people in crowd cheering

14. Zoom out from horses pulling float

STORYLINE:

After weeks of dealing with the aftermath of super-storm Sandy, New York City celebrated a sunny Thanksgiving Day on Thursday with the annual Macy's parade.

The temperature topped 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) as more than three (m) million people lined the streets to watch the parade pass.

Charlie Brown, Spiderman and Kermit the Frog were among the characters turned into giant balloons that the parade is famous for - and comedian Whoopi Goldberg even rode on a pirate-themed float.

The US harvest holiday came as portions of the northeast are still reeling from Sandy's havoc, and volunteers planned to serve thousands of turkey dinners to people it left homeless or struggling.

People at the parade were enjoying a day where the damage wreaked by Sandy was not at the forefront of their minds.

"Well, I'm just thankful for my family and that I'm here in New York," said Collin Sundsted, a tourist from Washington, DC.

"After being in Long Beach through the Hurricane in 360 Shore Road, no car, no electricity, no power, it's great to be out here," said John Small, as he watched the parade from the side of the street.

Some parade-goers had camped out to get a good spot, staying snug in sleeping bags, others came well-prepared with folding chairs or watched the festivities from hotel rooms along the route.

The Macy's parade will be watched by around 50 million people on television.

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Title:
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Summary: Balloons are blown up for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City
Story No: 919859
Source: AP Television
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 27/11/2013 21:29 PM
People:
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MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE BALLOONS WILL LIKELY TAKE FLIGHT

It looks like the balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be allowed to take to the skies.

NYPD Chief of Patrol James Hall says Thursday's weather forecast "looks very good."

The characters that glide between Manhattan's skyscrapers can't lift off if sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts top 34 mph.

That's because of city rules enacted after fierce winds in 1997 caused a Cat in the Hat balloon to topple a light pole and seriously injure a spectator.

The NYPD, the National Weather Service and Macy's representatives will make a final determination Thursday morning.

Hillary Barber is visiting New York from Tennessee and said she hopes the balloons fly, but will be out watching the parade regardless.

"I'm just worried because I saw in the taxi on the way here that the wind advisory said they might not have some of the balloons up tomorrow, so I'm a little worried about that, but besides that I'm gonna stay and be cold and watch the whole thing," said Barber.

This year's balloons include SpongeBob Squarepants, Snoopy, Spider-Man and a 47-foot hot air balloon displaying the faces of characters from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz."

AP Television

New York, 27 November 2013

1. Tight of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon being inflated

2. Wide of balloon

3. Wide of Macy's balloons

4. SOUNDBITE (English) James Hall, NYPD Chief of Patrol:

"It looks good, it looks very good. We have the National Weather Service will be in my incident command post communicating with me and then we have anemometers setup along the route and there are gust numbers that we have locked into our head that allows us to fly or not to fly."

5. Wide of media

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Kule, Executive Producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

"The parade is the culmination of a lot of different entertainment entities, it's not just balloons, it's floats, it's marching bands. We've got about 900 clowns that will be entertaining the about 3-and-a-half million people lining the parade route tomorrow. These balloons are awesome, we are gonna work with the city of New York to ensure safety as that is our first priority. We also have 40 smaller balloons that could take to the sky, but this parade is massive. It's entertaining and everyone here tomorrow in New York and across the country is going to see a parade that is going to be the official kickoff of the holiday season."

7. Wide of balloons

8. Tight of rope shaking in wind

9. Pan from visitors to balloons

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Hillary Barber, Tourist from Tennessee:

"I'm just worried because I saw in the taxi on the way here that the wind advisory said they might not have some of the balloons up tomorrow, so I'm a little worried about that, but besides that I'm gonna stay and be cold and watch the whole thing."

11. Tight of workers inflating balloons

12. Wide of balloon

13. Wide of balloon

14. Mid of woman taking picture

15. Pan from Helium tank to balloon

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Summary: Spectacular floats and inflatables at Macy's Thanksgiving parade
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Date: 28/11/2013 16:52 PM
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The big balloons were soaring - and so were the crowd's spirits - as the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through the streets of New York City on Thursday.

There'd been some concerns about whether the wind could keep 16 giant balloons grounded, but the parade went off without a hitch.

Balloon handlers were keeping a tight grip on their inflated characters.

The wind was around 26 mph (41.8 kmph).

The cheering throngs were wrapped up against a 30 degree Fahrenheit (-1 degree Celsius) chill, but the sun was shining.

Originally known as the Macy's Christmas Parade, this annual American parade was started in 1924 by Macy's department store employees and featured Central Park zoo animals.

According to the official website, the event is viewed by more than 3.5 million people in New York and 50 million people at home, and involves approximately 8,000 volunteers marching a two and a half-mile stretch through Manhattan.

Balloons have only been grounded once in the parade's 87-year history, when bad weather kept them from flying in 1971.

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1. Mid of ribbon being cut at Macy's Thanksgiving parade, zoom in as robot cuts ribbon

2. Wide of turkey float at Macy's parade

3. Mid of two children dressed as pilgrims on top of a float

4. Mid pan of crowds along parade route, people waving and cheering

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dana Kuzmetzkoff, parade spectator:

"Greatest day ever. Thanksgiving Day parade. Why wouldn't I want to be out here?"

6. Mid of people waving from turkey float

7. Wide of Snoopy balloon during parade

8. Mid of participants walking under Snoopy balloon

9. Close of spectators along parade route, zoom out

10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lisa Certo, parade spectator:

"We got here at seven and we just wanted to experience it once at least."

11. Wide of Sonic The Hedgehog character balloon

12. Mid of marching band

13. Wide of Hello Kitty balloon

14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Johnny Dume, parade volunteer:

"It's nice, you know. Seeing everybody smiling - the kids, the floats - it's great."

15. Mid of band on guitar float, zoom out

16. Mid of actor Richard Simmons on turtle float

17. Wide of purple hippo balloon

18. SOUNDBITE: (English) Blue Gengo, parade spectator:

"It's amazing, it's really cool to see New York City as whole come together and just, it's I don't know, it's sort of like a, I feel like we're all together as a family, looking at a lovely parade."

19. Wide of Miss America Nina Davuluri riding on float, waving

20. Wide of Mount Rushmore float, pan to band on float

21. Mid of cheerleading group during parade

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The big balloons soared - and so did the crowd's spirits - as the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through the streets of New York City.

There'd been some concerns about whether the wind could keep 16 giant balloons grounded on Thursday. But the parade went off without a hitch.

Balloon handlers were keeping a tight grip on their inflated characters. The wind was around 26 mph.

The Spiderman balloon suffered a punctured arm after it was deflated by a tree in Central Park but it kept on going.

The cheering throngs were bundled against a 30-degree chill, but the sun was shining.

People lifted small children onto their shoulders.

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New York - November 28, 2013

1. Mid - crowds along parade route

2. Wide - Snoopy balloon

3. Mid - balloon wranglers walking under Snoopy

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dana Kuzmetzkoff

"Greatest day ever. Thanksgiving Day parade. Why wouldn't I want to be out here?"

2. Wide - turkey on float at Macy's parade

3. Close - two kids dressed as pilgrims on top of a float

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Lisa Certo, parade spectator

"We got here at seven. And we just wanted to experience it once at least."

12. Mid - marching band

13. Wide - Hello Kitty balloon

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Johnny Dume, parade volunteer

"It's nice, you know. Seeing everybody smiling - the kids, the floats - it's great."

15. Mid to wide - band on a guitar float

16. Mid - Richard Simmons on a turtle float

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Blue Gengo - parade spectator

"It's amazing, it's really cool to see New York City come together. It's, it's sort of like a, I feel like we're all together as a family, looking at a lovely parade."

19. Wide - Miss America riding on a float

21. Mid - cheerleading group

22. Wide - Spiderman balloon with punctured arm

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Summary: Five new floats set to debut during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade were unveiled to several groups of New Jersey elementary school students. (Nov. 18)
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Date: 18/11/2014 20:16 PM
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Five new floats set to debut during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade were unveiled Tuesday to several groups of New Jersey elementary school students.

The kids were given a sneak peek inside Macy's Parade Studio, and heard what it took to create the new fantastic fleet of floats.

"The ultimate litmus test for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the look on the kid's faces that come to Macy's Parade Studio," executive parade producer Amy Kule said.

"They are able to see firsthand everything that we have been working on all year long," Kule said.

This year's offerings consist of "Cracker Jack Popcorn's At The Ball Game" float in the shape of a baseball diamond, "The Girl-Powered Spinning Machine by GoldieBlox," "Dora and Friends: Aventuras Fantasticas" float, "Pirates Booty Treasure Island," and the "Sino-American Friendship Association's Beauty of Beijing."

Kule pointed out the amount of work that goes into creating the floats used in the parade was "like building a house."

You have to start from "a sketch and then go through a series of engineer drawings and then it's the artistry of the Macy's Parade Studio that really comes to life," Kule said.

Ten-year-old Samantha Salvemini, who was one of the elementary school students visiting the parade studio, called the new floats amazing.

"They are all usually all handmade which is really interesting and really cool, and I was so excited to come when I hear that we were coming," Samantha said.

Nine-year-old Corey Berger called everything "cool."

The parade kicks off at 9am on Thanksgiving Day from the Upper West Side of Manhattan and winds its way down to Macy's flagship store on 34th-street.

The largest float in the parade is "Santa's Sleigh" which measures 6-feet-long and 3 1/2 stories high. It is the grand finale.

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Moonachie, New Jersey - November 18, 2014

1. The new "Cracker Jack Popcorn - At The Ball Game" float in the shape of a baseball diamond

2. Character dressed up like the "Cracker Jack" pitching

3. Cardboard cutouts of people in the stands of the new "Cracker Jack Popcorn" float

4. Score board and video screen on the float

5. Soundbite (English): Amy Kule, Executive Producer, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

"Well, for us this is one of the greatest days for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We get to debut all the brand new floats that are going to make their way from the upper west side of Manhattan straight down to Macy's 34th-street."

6. Dancing Chinese dragon on the new "Sino-American Friendship Association - Beauty of Beijing" float

7. Kids clapping while watching the dancing Chinese dragon

8. Little boy taking a picture and smiling

9. Group of little kids looking and smiling

10. Group of elementary school kids getting a picture in front of the new "Cracker Jack Popcorn" float

11. Soundbite (English): Amy Kule, Executive Producer, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

"Today, the ultimate litmus test for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the look on the kid's faces that come to Macy's Parade Studio, and they are able to see firsthand everything that we have been working on all year long. And when you see the look on those kids faces they see one of these floats that could be forty-feet tall, and sixty-feet wide and they are all works of art, and floating stages that come down the parade route we know that we have done our job right we see those kids smiling."

12. A group of elementary school kids on a tour of the Macy's Parade Studio

13. A drawing of the new "GoldieBlox - The Girl-Powered Spinning Machine" float

14. A bulletin board filled with artist sketches and drawings of the new "GoldieBlox" float

15. A scale model of the new "Cracker Jack Popcorn" float

16. Several new floats being stored in the Macy's Parade Studio

17. Soundbite (English): Amy Kule, Executive Producer, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

"Well, it's a lot of work. Clearly, when you are building a float like this it's almost like building a house. You have to start from the very simplest from a sketch and then go through a series of engineer drawings and then it's the artistry of the Macy's Parade Studio that really comes to life. Metal workers, wood workers, hand carvers, painters. It all comes to life through the virtue of the magic of the Macy's Parade Studio."

18. The new "Dora and Friends: Aventuras Fantasticas" float

19. The new "Pirates Booty - Treasure Hunt" float

20. Soundbite (English): Samantha Salvemini, 10-years old:

"I think it's amazing, because they are all usually all handmade which is really interesting and really cool, and I was so excited to come when I hear that we were coming."

21. A women taking a picture of the new "Dora and Friends" float

22. The new "Dora and Friends" float

23. School kids interacting with a costumed Eruptor, a lava monster from "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure" tv show

24. Girls taking pictures with their smartphones

25. Soundbite (English): Corey Berger, 9-years old:

"I think it cool. Everything here."

26. The new "GoldieBlox" float

27. The new "GoldieBlox" float

28. A pink stationary bike on the new "GoldieBlox" float

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NJ STUDENTS GET FIRST LOOK AT THANKSGIVING PARADE FLOATS

Five new floats set to debut during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade were unveiled Tuesday (18 NOV. 2014) to several groups of New Jersey elementary school students.

The kids were given a sneak peek inside Macy's Parade Studio, and heard what it took to create the new fantastic fleet of floats.

"The ultimate litmus test for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the look on the kid's faces that come to Macy's Parade Studio," executive parade producer Amy Kule said. "They are able to see firsthand everything that we have been working on all year long."

This year's offerings consist of "Cracker Jack Popcorn's At The Ball Game" float in the shape of a baseball diamond, "The Girl-Powered Spinning Machine by GoldieBlox," "Dora and Friends: Aventuras Fantasticas" float, "Pirates Booty Treasure Island," and the "Sino-American Friendship Association's Beauty of Beijing."

Kule pointed out the amount of work that goes into creating the floats used in the parade was "like building a house."

You have to start from "a sketch and then go through a series of engineer drawings and then it's the artistry of the Macy's Parade Studio that really comes to life," Kule said.

Ten-year-old Samantha Salvemini, who was one of the elementary school students visiting the parade studio, called the new floats amazing.

"They are all usually all handmade which is really interesting and really cool, and I was so excited to come when I hear that we were coming," Samantha said.

Nine-year-old Corey Berger called everything "cool."

The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Eastern on Nov. 27 from the Upper West Side of Manhattan and winds its way down through the streets of New York to Macy's flagship store on 34th Street.

The largest float in the parade is "Santa's Sleigh" which measures 6-feet-long and 3 1/2 stories high. It is the grand finale.

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Moonachie, New Jersey, Nov. 18 2014

1. The new "Cracker Jack Popcorn - At The Ball Game" float in the shape of a baseball diamond

2. Character dressed up like the "Cracker Jack" pitching

3. Cardboard cutouts of people in the stands of the new "Cracker Jack Popcorn" float

4. Score board and video screen on the float

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Kule/Executive Producer, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

"Well, for us this is one of the greatest days for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We get to debut all the brand new floats that are going to make their way from the upper west side of Manhattan straight down to Macy's 34th-street."

6. Dancing Chinese dragon on the new "Sino-American Friendship Association - Beauty of Beijing" float

7. Kids clapping while watching the dancing Chinese dragon

8. Little boy taking a picture and smiling

9. Group of little kids looking and smiling

10. Group of elementary school kids getting a picture in front of the new "Cracker Jack Popcorn" float

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Kule/Executive Producer, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

"Today, the ultimate litmus test for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the look on the kid's faces that come to Macy's Parade Studio, and they are able to see firsthand everything that we have been working on all year long. And when you see the look on those kids faces they see one of these floats that could be forty-feet tall, and sixty-feet wide and they are all works of art, and floating stages that come down the parade route we know that we have done our job right we see those kids smiling."

12. A group of elementary school kids on a tour of the Macy's Parade Studio

13. A drawing of the new "GoldieBlox - The Girl-Powered Spinning Machine" float

14. A bulletin board filled with artist sketches and drawings of the new "GoldieBlox" float

15. A scale model of the new "Cracker Jack Popcorn" float

16. Several new floats being stored in the Macy's Parade Studio

17. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Kule/Executive Producer, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

"Well, it's a lot of work. Clearly, when you are building a float like this it's almost like building a house. You have to start from the very simplest from a sketch and then go through a series of engineer drawings and then it's the artistry of the Macy's Parade Studio that really comes to life. Metal workers, wood workers, hand carvers, painters. It all comes to life through the virtue of the magic of the Macy's Parade Studio."

18. The new "Dora and Friends: Aventuras Fantasticas" float

19. The new "Pirates Booty - Treasure Hunt" float

20. SOUNDBITE (English) Samantha Salvemini/10-years-old

"I think it's amazing, because they are all usually all handmade which is really interesting and really cool, and I was so excited to come when I hear that we were coming."

21. A women taking a picture of the new "Dora and Friends" float

22. The new "Dora and Friends" float

23. School kids interacting with a costumed Eruptor, a lava monster from "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure" tv show

24. Girls taking pictures with their smartphones

25. Soundbite (English): Corey Berger/9-years-old:

"I think it cool. Everything here."

26. The new "GoldieBlox" float

27. The new "GoldieBlox" float

28. A pink stationary bike on the new "GoldieBlox" float

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Date: 17/11/2015 21:28 PM
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Macy's gave the media a tour of a warehouse on Tuesday to show off the six new floats that will be part of this year's Thanksgiving Day parade.

This is the 89th year the department store will run the parade, which is also televised.

New floats this year are: KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken), Ocean Spray, Build a Bear, Spirt of America, Hallmark, and Peanuts.

Macy's gave the media a tour of a warehouse on Tuesday to show off the six new floats that will be part of this year's Thanksgiving Day parade.

This is the 89th year the department store will run the parade, which is also televised.

New floats this year are: KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken), Ocean Spray, Build a Bear, Spirt of America, Hallmark, and Peanuts.

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Moonachie, New Jersey - November 17, 2015

1. Colonel Sanders waving

2. Sanders wide shot showing float

3. New York sign

4. SOUNDBITE (English): Amy Kule, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Executive Producer

"So we've got six brand new floats that are going to debut this Thanksgiving. We've got Colonel Sanders himself, the original, of course, celebrity chef has got his new float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and that depicts his journey from Kentucky straight on into New York."

Wide showing Build a Bear float

5. Medium of rocket ship and dragon

6. Three bears at tea party

7. Person in Build a Bear suit waving

8. SOUNDBITE (English): Amy Kule, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Executive Producer

"We've got Build a Bear workshop that is celebrating with us with their third float bringing imagination to life. We've got space represented. We've got a tea party. We've got a big dragon. Kids imaginations coming to life. And then we've got a countdown to Christmas with Hallmark Channel. Mariah Carey is going to be on that float entertaining the 3 and a half million people that we have here on Thanksgiving.""

9. Christmas tree, fire place and stockings

10. Tilt up on Hallmark float

11. SOUNDBITE (English): Amy Kule, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Executive Producer

"We've got Ocean Spray coming to life this year. Five-hundred cranberries are going to be bobbing up and down on that float representing the families of bog owners and cranberry growers across the country."

12. Wide of Ocean Spray float

13. Tight on goose head

14. Tilt up on bog grower

15. SOUNDBITE (English): Amy Kule, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Executive Producer

"And then we've got Spirit of America's got a beautiful float. We've got 12 hundred dancers and cheerleaders in the parade this year. They are going to surround that float and bring it down the parade route."

16. Wide of Spirt of America float

17. Tilt up on Spirt of America float

18. NATS: children saying 'Snoopy'

19. SOUNDBITE (English): Amy Kule, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Executive Producer

"And then lastly we've got a brand new little float from Peanuts celebrating the 50th anniversary of a Charlie Brown Christmas so Snoopy's dog house is on there. No one knows that 50 years ago his doghouse was blue. You're going to see it come to life that way this Thanksgiving."

20. Tight on 1st place badge

21. Wide of Peanuts float

22. Snoopy dog house

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Summary: Huge Thanksgiving Parade Balloons Inflated
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Date: 25/11/2015 23:02 PM
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The massive Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade balloons, including Sponge Bob Square Pants and Snoopy, were inflated on the streets of NYC Wednesday.

There are four balloons floating this year that did not fly last year.

There is a new Ronald McDonald Balloon and parade organizers have brought back the Dino from Sinclair, a dinosaur balloon, which hasn't flown since 1976. It was brought back to mark the 100th anniversary of the gasoline company.

A totally new balloon this year is Angry Birds' Red, from the video game and movie. The character protects his egg like a football.

Also new this year is a balloon of Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel, chasing his acorn. This character is from The Ice Age movies.

There are a total of 17 balloons, including Hello Kitty, Paddington Bear and Red Might Morphin Power Ranger Saban.

The parade route is 2 and half miles long and starts at 9am ETS.

This is the 89th year of the parade.

The massive Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade balloons, including Sponge Bob Square Pants and Snoopy, were inflated on the streets of NYC Wednesday.

There are four balloons floating this year that did not fly last year.

There is a new Ronald McDonald Balloon and parade organizers have brought back the Dino from Sinclair, a dinosaur balloon, which hasn't flown since 1976. It was brought back to mark the 100th anniversary of the gasoline company.

A totally new balloon this year is Angry Birds' Red, from the video game and movie. The character protects his egg like a football.

Also new this year is a balloon of Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel, chasing his acorn. This character is from The Ice Age movies.

There are a total of 17 balloons, including Hello Kitty, Paddington Bear and Red Might Morphin Power Ranger Saban.

The parade route is 2 and half miles long and starts at 9am ETS.

This is the 89th year of the parade.

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New York - November 25, 2015

1. Wide of new balloon this year, Scrat, the saber tooth squirrel from the Ice Age movies.

2. Tilt up on Scrat's acorn.

3. Wide of Angry Birds Red, a new ballon this year.

4. Eyes and beak of Red

5. SOUNDBITE (English): Amy Kule, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Executive Producer

"We've got four incredible balloons joining the Macy's parade family. This year we've got a brand new Ronald McDonald balloon; We've got Scrat, he's got the world's biggest fangs, of course he's chasing his iconic acorn. He's not going to get it but he's going to keep trying. We've got Red from Angry Birds, you know he happens to be the only angry item in the whole parade. And of course we've got Dino from Sinclair.

6. People walking by inflated hippo

7. Wide of inflated duck

8. Police controlling the crowd

9. SOUNDBITE (English): Parker Tuminello, 10-Years-Old

"My favorite balloon is Snoopy because Charlie Brown is my favorite oh my gosh."

10. Wide of Snoopy Balloon

11. Snoopy with Woodstock

12. Tilt up on balloon

13. Kids looking at balloons

14. Man blowing up balloon

15. Wide of uninflated Dino balloon

16. Helium gas hoses

17. Dino balloon being inflated

18. Tight of Dino balloon being inflated

19. Families looking at balloons

20. Wide of Thomas Train

21. Man handling hose

22. Balloon eyes

23. Man setting up balloon

24. Wide of Dragon balloon

25. SOUNDBITE (English): Janna Schuh, Atlanta, Georgia

"It's awesome. I've never done this before. It's on my bucket list."

26. Elf balloon

27. Wide of balloon with teeth

28. Partially inflated Mighty Morphin Power Ranger balloon

29. Ranger balloon being inflated

30. People inflating balloon

31. Tight on hose going into balloon

33. Tracking shot of police officer

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Date: 26/11/2015 19:30 PM
People: William Bratton
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Giant balloons took to the clear, sunny sky over midtown Manhattan on Thursday for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, with spectators lining up along the parade route and a heavy police presence keeping a watchful eye.

The parade, in its 89th year, included marching bands and floats to go along with Hello Kitty, Snoopy, Paddington and other giant balloons.

City officials have said there are no known, credible threats against New York following the recent attacks in Paris and a video purportedly produced by the Islamic State group that contained video clips of Times Square.

But Police Commissioner William Bratton said more than 2,500 officers would be stationed along the parade route for the Thanksgiving Day festivities - the largest number of officers the department has ever assigned to the event.

As the parade made its way through midtown Manhattan, helicopters flew overhead and officers stood on top of mobile command center vans to watch the crowds.

Police even stood on top of the marquee at Radio City Music Hall.

Giant balloons took to the clear, sunny sky over midtown Manhattan on Thursday for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, with spectators lining up along the parade route and a heavy police presence keeping a watchful eye.

The parade, in its 89th year, included marching bands and floats to go along with Hello Kitty, Snoopy, Paddington and other giant balloons.

City officials have said there are no known, credible threats against New York following the recent attacks in Paris and a video purportedly produced by the Islamic State group that contained video clips of Times Square.

But Police Commissioner William Bratton said more than 2,500 officers would be stationed along the parade route for the Thanksgiving Day festivities - the largest number of officers the department has ever assigned to the event.

As the parade made its way through midtown Manhattan, helicopters flew overhead and officers stood on top of mobile command center vans to watch the crowds.

Police even stood on top of the marquee at Radio City Music Hall.

AP TELEVISION

New York, New York - 26 November 2015

1. Wide of police officers riding motorcycles

2. Wide of Macy's Great American Marching Band

3. Wide of marching band

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Shawn Parkhurst, Visiting From Connecticut

I think that we've grown up watching the parade on TV, so any special balloon....I think last night we watched the inflate at Central Park, I think seeing some of the original even the Macy's balloon...or Snoopy...those are some of our favorites."

5. Wide of Macy's balloons

6. Wide of police with clowns walking in parade

7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Andrea Sage, Visiting From San Diego, California

"I'm thankful to be with my family and I'm just thankful to be alive, and I'm just enjoying the day."

7. Wide of cartoon character balloon

8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dylan Baer, Parade Watcher

"It's absolutely wonderful. It's like there were so many blimps. I don't know...maybe I'll come back when I'm older."

9. Wide of Scottish bagpipers walking and playing music

10. Wide of Kool-Aid Man float and balloon

11. Wide of cartoon character balloon

12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jan and Paula Stern, Parade Watchers

(Reporter) What have you enjoyed most about the parade, and what are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving. (Jan Stern) "Love the music, love the bands." (Paula Stern) "And thankful that we're all here...and safe...and having a good time and enjoying Thanksgiving." (Jan Stern) "And enjoying this beautiful weather."

13. Various of balloons and marching band

14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ann Gregory, Visiting From Phoenix, Arizona

"We're from Minnesota and Arizona. Happy Thanksgiving. (Unidentified Friend) "Happy Thanksgiving." (Reporter) "So, what's your favorite thing about the parade so far." (Ann Gregory) "Everything. And the police are taking good care of us, and we're waiting for Snoopy."

15. Wide of University of Illinois marching band

16. Wide of balloon in parade

17. Wide of parade balloon

18. Wide of police band

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Organisations: Islamic State group
Locations: New York , New York , United States
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Summary: Parade preps continue in New York despite threat
Story No: 4066231
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Date: 15/11/2016 20:48 PM
People: James O'Neill
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The New York Police Department plans to beef up security for next week's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade after a recent edition of a magazine published by the Islamic State group called the event an "excellent target".

The 11 November edition of Rumiyah, the extremist group's English language propaganda magazine, focused on vehicular attacks and specifically highlighted the iconic parade through Manhattan.

John Miller, the NYPD'S deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, says police had already implemented precautionary measures for such an attack.

Miller says he goes to the parade every year and he advises both New Yorkers and visitors alike to still show up on 24 November.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill says the NYPD handles events of a similar magnitude almost daily and the parade will be the safest place in New York City.

Moonachie, New Jersey - 15 November, 2016

1. Various of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade new float 'The Aloha Spirit' sponsored by King's Hawaiian, the bread-making company.

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Kule, Executive Producer, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

"We've got King's Hawaiian in the parade. They've embraced the Aloha spirit. For the first time ever we've got a fully working waterfall. Three stories tall and right next to that we've got a fully working confetti-spewing volcano."

3. Various of the float 'Deck the Halls' sponsored by Balsam Hill, a company that makes artificial Christmas trees

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Kule, Executive Producer, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

"Balsam Hill has come to life with Deck the Halls. It is a spirited, entertaining, really traditional float with a 15-foot Christmas tree in the center. A fully working Merry Go Round underneath it and about 300 yards of garland finishing off that float."

5. Various of the float "Building a Better World' by the Girl Scouts USA.

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Kule, Executive Producer, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

"And then we've got the Girl Scouts USA in the parade. They believe in helping girls become better leaders through teachings, and science, technology, engineering and math and that whole float is embraced by all of the many badges you could earn as a Girl Scout."

7. Various of the float 'The Fun House' by Krazy Glue

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Kule, Executive Producer, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

"And lastly we've got Krazy Glue with a crazy fun house. In the center of this float is a fully-spinning living room that goes up and down and we are going to have people in it and they are going to come down the parade route and we are going to have a great time."

9. Wide of sign showing 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with people in Peanuts costumes

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Summary: Mayor says NYC ready with parade security
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Date: 23/11/2016 23:49 PM
People: Bill de Blasio
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1. Various of Macy's balloon and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio walking to press conference

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor:

"The NYPD is ready tonight and certainly ready for tomorrow. Every year, we continue to perfect our preparations and the operations for the Thanksgiving parade. NYPD is going to mount an even stronger operation this year and has been preparing for this literally since the end of last year's parade."

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor:

"As you may have heard, there will be some additional precautions this year. There will not be traffic allowed crossing the parade, unlike some other parades, unlike in the past, where there was traffic allowed, there will be no point on the parade where traffic will cut across the parade route. And there are ver 80 sand trucks that will be in place to block off those streets to make sure that everybody is safe."

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor:

"As you know, over the last couple of years, we have deepened our capacity to protect the people of the city and to prevent terror attacks with the 500 plus members of the Critical Response Command, plus our Strategic Response Group and Emergency Services Unit and all of the men and women of the NYPD. So, we have expanded the size of our capacity, our training, our preparation and we are working more closely than ever with our federal and state partners and partners in the private sector like Macy's."

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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor:

"New Yorkers are very clear that no matter what is going on around us, we are always New York, we remain true to our values. New Yorkers are strong and resilient. You remember that last year there was a lot of talks of threats being made against the parade. How did New Yorkers respond? They came out in greater numbers than ever before, the attendance at last years parade was the largest in the history of the Macy's parade and we expect an amazing attendance tomorrow."

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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor:

"We are aware of some of the reports that have been out there, but I want to assure all New Yorkers there is no credible and specific information of any specific threat directed at this parade. NYPD is more than ready to handle anything that is going on around us and to work with everyone to make sure its a safe and fun day for everyone who attends."

7. Wide of end of press conference

STORYLINE:

Security has been stepped up in New York ahead of the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, the city's mayor said on Wednesday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio reassured New Yorkers that "there is no credible and specific information of any specific threat directed at this parade."

More than 80 city sanitation trucks will be used at intersections and other strategic spots along the two and a half mile parade route to create an imposing physical barrier to terror.

The trucks weigh about 16 tons empty and up to twice that with sand.

While the trucks have been used like this before - most recently to protect Trump Tower - the New York Police Department says they will play a bigger role at this year's parade in the wake of the cargo truck attack in Nice, France, that killed more than 80 people.

A recent posting in an English-language Islamic State magazine that called the parade "an excellent target."

Aside from the trucks, security for the parade includes teams of officers armed with assault weapons, bomb-sniffing dogs and portable radiation detectors.

Plainclothes officers will blend in with the crowd, and other officers will be posted on rooftops along the parade route.

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Summary: Macy's Readies for Thanksgiving Day Parade
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Date: 24/11/2016 01:09 AM
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US department store chain Macy's is preparing to celebrate its 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade and spectators gathered in New York to watch the giant balloons being inflated on Wednesday.

"We're doing a lot of looking back, but we've also got some surprises, a lot of new stuff, some wonderful floats, with great animation," said John Piper, the vice president of Macy's Parade Studio.

Thursday's parade will feature new balloons, such as "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and "Trolls".

It will also feature DreamWorks Animation's "Felix the Cat" - the cartoon character that originally appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1927.

"We've recreated it exactly the same, same size, same scale, same design, and back then, it was carried on poles, so we've rigged it to be carried on poles for this parade, too," Piper said.

The three-hour parade will begin at 9 a.m. ET (1400 GMT) and those who can't see it in person will be able to watch the event on television.

New York - 23 November 2016

1. Various of workers inflating a float

2. SOUNDBITE (English) John Piper, Vice President, Macy's Parade Studio:

"We are here at Macy's Balloon Inflation Celebration, where all of the balloons for the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are being inflated, including brand new balloons like Charlie Brown and Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. And over on our other street, we have two full streets of balloons, we have the brand new Trolls balloon, which is actually four characters from the new DreamWorks movie "Trolls" that just debuted recently, and we have a brand new balloon for it."

3. Workers inflating a float

4. Woman holding child and watching floats being inflated

5. Children watching from sideline

6. SOUNDBITE (English) John Piper, Vice President, Macy's Parade Studio:

"Tomorrow is the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We have got a load of surprises for you. Now some of them I can tell you about, like we've recreated one of the first character balloons, Felix the Cat, that debuted in 1927, that was the first year that we actually had balloons in the parade, we've recreated it exactly the same, same size, same scale, same design, and back then, it was carried on poles, so we've rigged it to be carried on poles for this parade, too. We're doing a lot of looking back at our own history, but we've also got some surprises, a lot of new stuff, some wonderful floats, with great animation, like a really flowing 3 story waterfall, that we're doing in partnership with King's Hawaiian, our Aloha Hawaii float, and a room that's turned upside down and is rocking back and forth on a giant funhouse that we've done with Crazy Glue, and an opening number that you're not going to want to miss because, well, I can't tell you about it, you'll just have to tune in but it's really going to be special."

7. Charlie Brown float that's been inflated

8. Close of Macy's balloon

9. Wide of Charlie Brown float

10. Wide of Dog float

11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid float

12. Wide of crowd walking past inflated floats

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Story No: 4067859
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Date: 24/11/2016 17:20 PM
People: Christopher Jackson
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Charlie Brown led the signature large inflatable balloons as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off with the spraying of confetti and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

Costumed characters mingled with revelers and crowds cheered as clowns on bicycles rode by carrying bundles of balloons.

Spectators, some 10 deep, lined the parade route, which starts on Manhattan's Upper West Side and makes its way down to Macy's flagship store on 34th Street.

The Charlie Brown balloon was one of three new giant character inflatables in this year's parade and joined returning favorites including Thomas the Tank Engine, Hello Kitty and SpongeBob SquarePants.

The New York Police Department said they would play a bigger role at this year's parade in the wake of the cargo truck attack in Nice, France, that killed more than 80 people and a recent posting in an English-language Islamic State group magazine that called the parade "an excellent target".

New York - 24 November 2016

1. Giant turkey float with pilgrims

2. Various of Charlie Brown inflatable balloon, new to the parade

3. Actor Christopher Jackson (played George Washington in "Hamilton") on Sesame Street float

4. Various of Thomas the Tank Engine inflatable balloon

5. Various of Paddington Bear inflatable balloon

6. Street view of workers holding balloon strings

7. Pikachu inflatable balloon

8. King's Hawaiian float

9. Crowd behind barricades

10. Trixie the Dog, new inflatable balloon

11. Street view with police

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Summary: High Security at Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
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Date: 24/11/2016 17:00 PM
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Onlookers at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade say the intensive security measures aren't keeping them from enjoying the holiday event.

The crowds lining the parade route on Thursday were kept company by New York Police Department helicopters flying overhead, heavily armed officers and bomb-sniffing dogs as giant balloons and floats passed by.

People were packed as many as 10 people deep as the clowns and other marchers came by. The parade ends at Macy's flagship store on 34th Street.

New York - 24 November 2016

1. Wide of dump trucks, cars driving by

2. Wide of police in front of people watching parade

3. Various of people lined up behind fence, dump trucks behind them

4. Wide of people behind barrier that reads "Do not cross. NYPD"

5. Tight of dump truck

6. Tight of sand in dump truck

7. Various of line of dump trucks, police in front of them

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Date: 24/11/2016 17:26 PM
People: Christopher Jackson
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BALLOONS, FLOATS AND POLICE AT MACY'S PARADE

A gigantic turkey led the way as the annual New York Thanksgiving parade kicked off with the spraying of confetti and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting Thursday (24 NOV. 2016).

Spectators, some 10 deep, lined the parade route, which starts on Manhattan's Upper West Side and makes its way down to Macy's flagship store on 34th Street.

A Charlie Brown balloon was one of three new giant inflatables in this year's parade and joined returning favorites including Thomas the Tank Engine, Hello Kitty and SpongeBob SquarePants.

The New York Police Department said they would play a bigger role at this year's parade in the wake of the cargo truck attack in Nice, France, that killed more than 80 people and a recent posting in an English-language Islamic State group magazine that called the parade "an excellent target."

New York, 24 November 2016

1. Giant turkey float with pilgrims

2. Various shots Charlie Brown inflatable balloon, new to the parade

3. Wide shot actor Christopher Jackson (played George Washington in "Hamilton") on Sesame Street float pan to Thomas the Tank Engine

4. Various shots Thomas the Tank Engine inflatable balloon

5. Various shots Paddington inflatable balloon

6. Wide shot parade

7. Pikachu inflatable balloon

8. King's Hawaiian float

9. Wide of crowd behind barricades

10. Trixie the Dog, new inflatable balloon

11. Wide shot parade, with police

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Date: 25/11/2016 03:07 AM
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UNITED STATES, New York City: Thousands of people are surrounded by tight security Thursday as they line up the streets of Manhattan for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016. The Macy's parade started in 1924 but was put on hold during World War II. This year's parade marks its 90th celebration.

UNITED STATES, New York City - November 24, 2016: 1. Mid shot of officers put aside barricades 2. Mid shot of someone holding flowers talking to an officer 3. Mid shot of an officer watches over passersby4. Wide shots of parade5. Mid shots of people watching parade6. Wide shot of officers stand around barricades

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Summary: Smokey Robinson, Jimmy Fallon set for Thanksgiving Parade
Story No: 4123780
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Date: 01/11/2017 11:53 AM
People: Clive Davis , Wyclef Jean , Jimmy Fallon , Bebe Rexha , Cam , Smokey Robinson , Sara Evans , Sabrina Carpenter , Andy Grammer , Katerina Graham , Nancy Juvonen , Lauren Alaina , Andra Day , Jean , Leslie Odom Jr. , Nicky Jam , Flo Rida , Cara Mund
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SMOKEY ROBINSON, JIMMY FALLON SET FOR THANKSGIVING PARADE

Smokey Robinson, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Common and Andra Day will be among the stars celebrating at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Macy's said Wednesday (1 NOV. 2017) that Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., 98 Degrees, Flo Rida, Wyclef Jean and Miss America Cara Mund also will participate in the 91st annual parade on Nov. 23.

The special will air at 9 a.m. EST on NBC's "Today" show.

Others part of the lineup include the cast and Muppets of "Sesame Street," Nicky Jam, Bebe Rexha, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Sara Evans, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Dustin Lynch and Jojo Siwa.

There will also be performances from the casts of Broadway's "Anastasia," ''Dear Evan Hansen" and "SpongeBob SquarePants."

ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE: New York, 13 May 2014

1. Various of Jimmy Fallon arriving at NBC

ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE: New York, 23 April 2013

2. Various shots Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy Juvonen arriving at the Time 100 Gala

ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE: Los Angeles, 30 Jan. 2017

3. Medium of Common posing for photos

4. Wide of Common speaking to reporters

ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE: Beverly Hills, Calif., 7 Feb. 2015

5. Wide shot Smokey Robinson and his wife Frances arrive to Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala

ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE: Los Angeles, 27 May 2016

6. Zoom in Smokey Robinson and his wife Frances Robinson posing for photos

7. Wide shot with zoom in, Smokey Robinson posing for photos

ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE: Los Angeles, 28 Feb. 2016

8. Fashion pan of Andra Day at the Oscars

ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE: New York, 8 April 2016

9. Medium of Andra Day arriving at Black Girls Rock! event

ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE: Atlantic City, 11 September 2017

10 SOUNDBITE (Englsh) Cara Mund, Miss America:

(Reporter: "Again Cara. About climate change - why is it important that people realize that this is real and that it's happening? Why do you feel strongly about it?")

"Yeah, I think my onstage question and answer was just my personal opinion. I think everyone has a right to think what they want."

Atlantic City, New Jersey, 11 Sept. 2017

11. Cara Mund dipping her toe in the Atlantic Ocean

ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE: New York, 10 May 2016

12. Wide of Leslie Odom Jr. (second from left) posing for photos with other "Hamilton" cast

13. Various of Leslie Odom Jr. posing for photos with other "Hamilton" cast

ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE: New York, 17 February 2015

14. Medium of Wyclef Jean posing for photographers

15. Various of Wyclef Jean posing with his daughter

16. Various of Diesel president Renzo Rosso greeting Wyclef Jean

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Title:
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Summary: Annual Thanksgiving parade
Story No: 356691
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 28/11/2002 05:00 AM
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SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot of parade route, Thanksgiving Turkey float in foreground, Charlie Brown balloon in background

2. Mid shot of Charlie Brown balloon

3. Cutaway of children watching parade through apartment window

4. Wide shot of parade with Uncle Sam balloon

5. Wide shot of Uncle Sam balloon after it passed by 69th and Central Park West

6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mitchell Klein, parade watcher:

"It let's us dust off all of our cold weather wear, that's the best part, and we really get to celebrate as a family. We've come here with 13 from the family from all over the North-East and it's a blast."

7. Mid shot of "Little Bill" balloon, the first African American balloon to ever appear in Macy's parade

8. Wide shot of "Big Bird" balloon coming down parade route

9. Mid shot of Big Bird passing by

10. Cutaway of parade watchers clapping

11. Wide shot of Big Bird as balloon passes by, tilts down to New York police officers

12. Police officers watching balloons pass

13. Pan of Connor family from New York, watching parade

14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lauren Connor, parade watcher:

"No thoughts at all, you want to do it, that seems to be safe. There were helicopters flying all last night so that sounded like it is pretty safe and it is just fun to be here and I think we are in the safest place."

15. Wide shot of pink balloon passing

STORYLINE:

Bundled in blankets and carrying thermos flasks of cocoa and coffee, spectators lined up to admire Charlie Brown, Big Bird and other giant balloons that led the 76th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade down New York's Broadway.

In the 2002 parade lineup were Nickelodeon's "Little Bill," the parade's first African-American balloon, and a float commemorating the 100th birthday of the teddy bear.

The temperature was in the 20s (celsius), with a light breeze. Under guidelines adopted after a 1997 accident that severely injured a spectator, the balloons would have been grounded if the wind had been strong.

Last year's parade was filled with patriotic floats and tributes to heroism in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

This year's event, broadcast nationally on NBC, was a return to a more traditional format, said the parade's producer, Robin Hall.

Charlie Brown was the first of 14 giant helium balloons to enter the parade, chasing his elusive football all along the route in his first appearance in the event.

The parade also features one-thousand cheerleaders, 500 clowns, 25 floats, 12 marching bands, 10 novelty balloons, four toy floats and three "falloons" - Macy's hybrid "balloon-floats."

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Summary: Giant helium balloons inflated for Macy's parade
Story No: 402373
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Date: 27/11/2003 08:59 AM
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SHOTLIST

1. Wide shot of balloon

2. Wide shot of crowds arriving to see balloons

3. Macy's balloon

4. Mid shot woman taking pictures of her babies

5. Close-up woman taking picture

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Female Spectator, with baby:

"It's all part of the whole holiday season, you love to come out with the kids and I think it helps them to understand what's going on to, it's family."

7. Various police

8. Wide shot "Flying Fish" balloon

9. People inflating balloons

10. Close-up people preparing to inflate balloon

11. Ronald McDonald balloon being inflated as Kermit the Frog 'looks on'

12. People looking on as balloons are inflated

13. Workers preparing to inflate Ronald McDonald's head

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Jacob Sher, eight years old:

"It's pretty cool, we came down here last year and we saw it but this year it's really cool too."

(Question: What's your favourite balloon?)

"I think I like Ronald McDonald because he keeps getting bigger."

15. Mid shot balloon

16. Wide shot Macy's balloon

STORYLINE

New York's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - famed for its huge balloons - is now such an extravaganza that even the inflation of the floating characters attracts thousands of spectators, young and old.

The inflating of the giant character balloons on Thanksgiving eve has become an annual tradition in its own right, attracting crowds of New Yorkers who like to marvel at the sight of the helium-filled giants slowly rising to their full height.

The Muppet Show's Kermit the Frog will be the biggest balloon of the 14 on parade this year.

It floats at 78 feet long (23.8 metres), 36 feet wide (11 metres) and 61 feet tall (18.6 metres) and is filled with over 11-thousand cubic feet (311 and a half cubic metres) of helium.

Thursday's parade, organised by the world famous New York department store, is now in its 77th year.

Thanks to unseasonably warm weather, more than two and a half (M) million spectators are expected to cram the streets of Manhattan to catch a glimpse of the parade as it passes by.

Another 60 (M) million around the world will be able to enjoy the fun on television.

Stringent security measures will be in place for the parade.

Police presence will be at an all time high and anti-terrorism personnel and helicopters will also be mobilised.

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Title:
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Summary: Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York City
Story No: 402488
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 27/11/2003 21:58 PM
People: Charles Gibson
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SHOTLIST:

1. Various of balloons, floats and marchers along Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route

2. Various of police and spectators along parade route

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dawn Marresse, Spectator:

"New York is bigger and better and they do Thanksgiving right - we love it."

Question about safety

"Oh, we feel very safe here; we love it here."

4. Statue of Liberty float and marchers along parade route

SUNSHINE ON BIG PARADE

Thousands of people turned out on a sunny, warm day to watch the floats and balloons of Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

The parade was led by Jake the turkey, who hasn't been seen at the annual extravaganza since 1959, and other vintage balloons from as far back as the 1930s were also dusted off.

Charlie Brown and Big Bird made their usual appearances, along with Garfield the Cat and Sesame Street's Super Grover.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets to watch the floats, as well as marching bands, celebrities and dozens of balloons, including giant caricatures of Mr. Monopoly and children's favourite Pikachu, the bright yellow Pokemon character.

Thursday's parade, organised by the world famous New York department store, is now in its 77th year.

Stringent security measures were in place for the parade.

The police presence was at an all time high and anti-terrorism personnel and helicopters will also be mobilised.

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Title:
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Summary: Thanksgiving parade in New York City
Story No: 434747
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Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 25/11/2004 22:00 PM
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SHOTLIST:

1. Wide view of ballons and people behind starting line

2. Mid view of people clapping in stands

3. Mid view of people walking with banner in street

4. Mid view of toy soldier balloon

5. Mid view of Macy's Star balloon

6. Close up/pull out of Turkey float

7. Wide view of Muppet balloon

8. Wide view of people watching parade from balcony

9. Mid view of children watching parade from other balcony

10. Mid view of dancers with purple and pink flags in parade

11. Wide view of Ronald McDonald balloon turning street corner

12. Mid view of drummer in marching band

13. Mid view of Ronald McDonald balloon

14. SOUNDBITE (English): John Bates, 11-year-old boy

"It's the best. I come here every year, I've been here for every eight years.It's the best.

15. SOUNDBITE (English): Jennifer Prass and Lila Prass, mother with one-year-old baby

"I'm looking forward to seeing everything on the balloons and the clowns, and clapping and the marching bands. We love music.

16. Wide view of Jeeve's balloon with New York building in back

17. Mid view of kids cheering "Happy Thanksgiving"

18. Wide view of Barney the purple dinosaur balloon

STORYLINE:

Barney the dinosaur, Ronald McDonald and many others are floating over Manhattan for Macy's 78th annual Thanksgiving parade.

Thousands came out to New York's chilly streets to cheer on parade participants and see several dozen colourful floats and balloons.

This year's parade includes 23 floats, 15 giant character balloons, 10 marching bands and more than 10,000 parade employees.

The parade will be travelling throughout the city, as it makes its way from 77th street and Central Park West to the Macy's store on 34th street and 7th avenue.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade has been a New York holiday tradition for more than seven decades.

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Title:
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Summary: Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade
Story No: 468108
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Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 24/11/2005 22:16 PM
People: LeAnn Rimes , Aaron Neville , Kristin Chenoweth
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1. Giant inflatable balloon of US cartoon character Scooby Doo in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

2. Crowds waving

3. Giant Turkey on float being towed by car

4. Big yellow bird lifting weight

5. People dressed in yellow walking under big yellow bird, tilt up to inflatable balloon

6. Various of people in clown costumes with paints

7. Pull out of giant inflatable fish balloon in parade

8. Person wearing costume of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse, pull out to wide shot of float dressed as steam boat

9. People dressed as various Disney cartoon characters dancing on float

10. Giant inflatable balloon of US cartoon character Sponge Bob Squarepants

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Vox Pop, young girl:

"Barney, because he is awesome and I am really excited."

12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop, young boy:

"Sponge Bob is my favourite because he is really cool. Because he is a sponge."

13. People in blue and white outfits riding on unicycles

NEW YORK CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING

Americans across the US were celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday with parades, football, and turkey.

New York City hosted the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Highlights included giant inflatable balloons of famous cartoon characters including Scooby Doo and Sponge Bob Squarepants.

The Macy's parade started in 1924 and has been an annual tradition, cancelled only in the World War II years of 1942 to 1944.

The balloons, including Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer, the parade's first Latina balloon character, shared top billing with 10 marching bands, 27 floats and performers such as LeAnn Rimes, Aaron Neville and Kristin Chenoweth.

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Title:
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Summary: Wind threatens to ground balloons at NY parade
Story No: 504022
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 23/11/2006 09:23 AM
People: Michael Bloomberg , Barry Manilow , Gloria Estefan
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SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot of site

2. Close up of Scooby-Doo balloon, pans right

3. Crew unrolling balloon

4. Crew inflating balloon

5. Wide shot of balloon laying on side

6. Worker blowing up balloon

7. Close up of Big Bird balloon

8. Wide shot of crowd

9. SOUNDBITE (English): Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City:

"Well I'm looking forward to seeing the kids on the sideline. I love the balloons and the bands and everything and the excitement. But it's the kids. You look at them and their faces, it's what America's all about."

10. Children in crowd

11. Pan up of Energizer Bunny balloon

12. Close up of worker inflating balloon

13. Worker underneath balloon

14. Close up of Grover balloon

15. SOUNDBITE (English): Elina Kazan, Macy's spokesperson

"The weather and winds are always an issue, and we've been monitoring the weather for a few days now. We're a little discouraged with the forecast, but we are still very hopeful and optimistic, and we've got a great parade and we're hoping that the balloons will fly. But the bands and the cheerleaders, the floats and the parade is going to march on."

16. Wide shot of site

STORYLINE:

As the giant Snoopy and Big Bird balloons began to inflate, forecasts for powerful wind gusts threatened to keep them grounded during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday instead of floating through the corridors of Manhattan.

City guidelines, established after a woman was seriously injured by a wayward balloon in 1997, call for the event's trademark inflatable characters to be grounded if winds reach 23 mph (37 kph) and gusts exceed 34 mph (55 kph).

The National Weather Service said wind gusts could reach 35 mph Thursday, and rain and temperatures in the 40s Fahrenheit (5-10 degrees Celsius) were forecast.

Seven newly installed wind-measuring devices along the parade route will help city officials decide before the parade starts Thursday morning whether conditions are safe enough for the balloons to fly.

If the weather does not cooperate, parade organizers have some flexibility in flying the balloons. Some of the balloons could be tethered to vehicles and essentially act as floats. The parade will also have a handful of

�balloonicles� _ balloons powered by motorized vehicles _ that are less susceptible to wind conditions.

Organizers say the Macy's balloons were grounded only once in the parade's 80-year history _ in 1973 because of severe weather conditions.

Thirty-three floats, almost a dozen marching bands from across the country, and celebrities including Barry Manilow, Gloria Estefan and Ciara will participate in the parade, regardless of the weather.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he looks forward to seeing all the children line the parade route.

"I love the balloons and the bands and everything and the excitement. But it's the kids. You look at them and their faces, it's what America's all about, he said."

John Piper, who directs the Macy's studio where they make the balloons and floats, said he is most excited for people to see a hot-air balloon created for this year's event, inspired by �Around the World in 80 Days�

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Title:
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Summary: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York
Story No: 504098
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 23/11/2006 22:22 PM
People: Julie Andrews , Barry Manilow , Gloria Estefan , Ciara
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SHOTLIST:

1. Macy's balloon, reading, "80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade"

2. Panning shot of cheering crowd

3. Big Bird balloon coming around corner

4. Close-up of Tara Conner, Miss USA

5. Wide of Miss USA's float

6. Medium of clowns waving and running, UPSOUND (English): "Happy Thanksgiving!"

7. Dora the Explorer float, tilt down to handlers

8. Girls in crowd screaming

9. The Jonas Brothers; Kevin, Nicolas and Joseph (musicians) on a float waving to crowd

10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Eleudy Roas and friend, spectators:

Q: How do you feel right now?

A: "Excited!"

A: "And happy!"

A: "Oh my God!"

11. Dancers dancing to "Yankee Doodle Dandy"

12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dave Meek, spectator:

"Having a great time! The weather's wonderful! It's about 50. Having a great time!"

13. Marching band

14. Snoopy float

15. Mr. And Mrs. Pilgrim characters

16. Panning shot of cheering crowd

17. Actress Julie Andrews waving to crowd from a float

18. Julie Andrews on Mother Goose float

19. Dancers

20. Man on stilts, pull out to wide UPSOUND (English): "I gotta keep up! I gotta keep up!"

STORYLINE:

Strong gusts and intermittent rain swirled over Manhattan on Thursday but Big Bird and Snoopy stayed on track - albeit a lower one - to please fans in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Due to poor weather conditions, a last-minute decision was made to allow the event's famous fliers to be part of the annual New York tradition but the balloons were kept at a height of 17 feet (5 metres) for safety reasons.

Dozens of smaller balloons, floats, marching bands, clowns, performers and celebrities also were featured, as well as a handful of "balloonicles" - balloons that are powered by motorised vehicles on the street.

Spectators Eleudy Roas and her friend clapped and cheered as The Jonas Brothers - three singing brothers from New Jersey - went by on their float.

The balloons sometimes sagged and swayed under the pressure of the wind and rain.

The dancers danced, the clowns clowned and star attractions like actress Julie Andrews and Miss USA smiled and waved for the entire parade.

The parade kicked off at 9 a.m. (1400 GMT) with blaring horns and flashing lights from the police escort.

The parade this year features 33 floats with themes as varied as Charlotte's Web and Barbie, almost a dozen marching bands from across the country, and celebrities including singers Barry Manilow, Gloria Estefan and Ciara.

The city's Office of Emergency Management, which had closely monitored the weather conditions, decided right before the parade's

start that the big balloons could be used safely, according to spokesman Jarrod Bernstein.

The balloons must be grounded if winds reach 23 mph (37kph) with gusts stronger than 34 mph (55 kph), according to city guidelines.

The guidelines were put in place after 45 mph (72 kph) winds at the 1997 parade sent a Cat in the Hat balloon careening into a metal pole.

A woman who was hit by falling debris suffered a fractured skull and was in a coma for nearly a month.

During last year's event, a giant M&M's balloon snagged the head of a streetlight and broke it off, sending debris plummeting onto spectators.

Two sisters, ages 11 and 26 at the time, were injured.

A city task safety task force determined that the accident was a result of discrepancies between parade guidelines and actual conditions along the route.

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Summary: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York
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Date: 23/11/2006 23:33 PM
People: Barry Manilow , Gloria Estefan , Ciara
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1. Women twirling flags

2. Dora the Explorer balloon, zoom out to wide of marching band

3. Dora the Explorer balloon to balloon handlers