After pandemic break: inflating Thanksgiving balloons in New York

After the spectacle was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Snoopy, a Smurf and numerous other beings, hearts, balls and stars slowly took shape in the streets around the American Museum of Natural History in Central Park on Wednesday on, floppy tarpaulins became huge figures.

Publicly inflating the balloons the night before is a tradition especially popular with children in New York. The German-American puppeteer Tony Sarg was also involved in the invention of the balloon tradition in the 1920s.

On Thursday, the giant balloons should be carried more than three kilometers through the streets of the metropolis on the occasion of the annual Thanksgiving Parade, which is organized every year by a large chain of department stores. Last year, due to the pandemic, the parade took place in a corona-compliant manner – much smaller, only in one place and only seen online for viewers.

This year around 6500 dancers, standard-bearers, musicians and people in disguise are to take part, as well as carrying floats and giant balloons with them. Stars like Carrie Underwood have also been announced. More than three million viewers stand at the edge of the track every year, around 50 million people watch the spectacle, which is taking place for the 95th time this year, on television.

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