Big Balloon Parade!

Last Sunday at noon, 18 Helium Balloons in the shape of familiar and popular cartoon characters stepped off at the intersection of Hoyt and Summers for their 17th annual appearance.

The tallest balloon, Popeye, stands a whopping 65 feet and this year 2 new balloons were added, Fred Flintstone and Scooby Doo.

Over 100 volunteers assist at the event as balloon handlers and Parade Marshals and it’s organized by a permanent steering committee of 3 and sponsored by UBS.  This year’s Grand Marshal was John Starks, formerly of the Knicks and the Master of Ceremonies Alan Kalter of Late Night with David Letterman.

It was quite a spectacular sight and I bet you’re sorry you missed it because there’s just no better way to feel that Master of the Universe consumerist buying spirit of the 4th Quarter than standing in the Hedge Funded Concrete Canyons of downtown Stamford Connecticut and…

You say there’s another Balloon Parade?  In New York City?  And it’s on TV?

Then why was I freezing my ass off… oh, never mind.

Coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 9 am on CBS (which is a little up route so you see things first) and NBC (which covers the lame lip syncing at Herald Square).

Liveblogging below.


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    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:28

    Kanye West could employ all the #99’ers with that gold he is wearing

    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:29
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    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:31

    Turkey’s in. Potato and stuffing in at 1245. So far so good.

      • on 11/25/2010 at 16:31

      Going with pasta or just eggplant?

    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:31
      • on 11/25/2010 at 16:32

      without Pizza? Thanksgiving. ugh

        • on 11/25/2010 at 15:29
    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:32

    a song about ADD

      • on 11/25/2010 at 16:34

      It holds together better when serving.  

    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:32

    3rd year.

    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:35

    We all fall down. Thank you for helping us get up.

    Now bring the jobs back to America

      • on 11/25/2010 at 16:34

      they are at different locations?

    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:35
    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:48

    Recycling all the 60’s and 70’s stuff

    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:49

    Computer hogging down, had to reboot.

      • on 11/25/2010 at 16:39

      less FCC fines later.

    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:51

    coming up

    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:53

    It’s one from Eddie C’s pictures

    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:55

    Macy’s Great American Marching Band.

    Didn’t Mc Donalds used to pay for this?

    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:56
      • on 11/25/2010 at 17:16

      your photos.  

        • on 11/25/2010 at 16:21
    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:57

    no Here Comes Santa Claus

    • on 11/25/2010 at 17:58

    18 floats, 12 Marching Bands…

    And Santa.

    Patriots @ Lions in 15 minutes.

    Think I’ll take a nap.

      • on 11/25/2010 at 16:44

      We’ve pretty much made it up as we go along.

    • on 11/25/2010 at 18:00

    I am off to the shower and my walk. I’ll be back for another live blog a little later.

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