America’s Top 12 Thanksgiving Parades

Bust out the gravy, stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and cider–Thanksgiving is around the corner! Did you know that there’s more than just the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade out there in the United States? There are plenty of fantastic parades held around the country each year, so we’re bringing you the Top 12 Thanksgiving Parades in the United States. Belly up to this feast.

All of these parades are free to attend; however, tickets for purchase are available for grandstand or reserved seating when applicable.

1. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – New York, NY

Thursday, November 24 at 9 am EST

This year’s highlights: Tim Burton’s B. balloon; Daniel Radcliffe on the Herald Square stage in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

The Macy’s Day Parade is the biggest Thanksgiving parade celebration in the United States. Immortalized in the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street, the parade is broadcast across the country on NBC affiliates at 9 am EST and PST. Celebrating its 85th year, expect 15 giant character balloons, marching bands, 27 floats, 800 clowns, performances from major Broadway shows and countless TV/movie/recording celebrities.

2. McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade – Chicago, IL

Thursday, November 24 at 8 am CET

Don’t eat: adorable mascot Teddy Turkey.

Walking down Chicago’s State Street, the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade has been going strong since 1934 and is the most popular Thanksgiving celebration in the Midwest. The three-hour parade features giant balloons galore, marching bands, celebrities, floats and more. Spectators from around the country can tune into this parade on WGN America at 7 am EST/4 am PST.

McDonalds Thanksgiving Parade. Photo courtesy of Chicago Festival Association.

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Fashion Week Spring 2012 [Review]

Fashion Week is by far my favorite holiday of the year. As if there weren’t enough attractive people roaming the streets of New York already, this festive occasion makes the numbers skyrocket. I had the opportunity to attend Fashion Week this year in a different capacity. Instead of being a guest, I was a photographer knee-deep in the trenches, otherwise known as “the pit,” with the rest of the troops. As glamorous as it all may seem, this week was intense. I was running from show to show, throwing elbows to get the “right shot,” staking claim to prime real estate hours before shows commenced, and running on no food and no sleep. The days and shows blended into one crazy storm of fabulousness. Now, with a cup of coffee in hand, I can sit back, sort through it all, and share some of my favorite moments with you.

Once upon a time, Fashion Week was held at Bryant Park. It’s now held uptown, and the Lincoln Center is its new home, which I have mixed feelings about. As I approached the gates to Fashion Week heaven, I couldn’t help but notice the flocks of curious people posted up in front of the Lincoln Center, waiting to gush over the celebrities that were pouring in, or just checking out the hordes of stylish individuals coming and going. As I walked up the black carpeted steps and got clearance from security to go in, I couldn’t help but feel privileged. Once inside, the magic began.

Photo by Heather Perry.

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