- Posted November 23, 2012 by
New York City, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Who’s at your Thanksgiving table?
NYC THANKSGIVING – MIDNIGHT PARADE
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
There is another tradition. The night before. When the preparation becomes the spectacle. Surrounding the Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the birth of the balloons begins. They push and shape into fetal forms of recognition. Believe Stars. Pillsbury Dough Boy. Ronald McDonald. Charlie Brown. Mickey Mouse. Icons of the USA. Thousands come to witness this chrysalis.
By 10pm the crowds disperse and the balloons settle, sleeping soundly before their big day. Tucked gently into yoga child positions and covered with blankets of netting to ensure their safe slumber. They dream to awaken as sources of wonder.
This year is the NYC Thanksgiving season post Hurricane Sandy. When locals need escape. Wish they could forget. And the parade provides a respite from the harshness of the last month. Only two weeks ago trees and branches still lay scattered where the balloons and floats now gather. Bare trunks and missing limbs create extra space to disclose the evening’s glow of festivities.
At the stroke of midnight the parade begins. The pre-parade that is. Of floats secretly arriving across West 86th Street then maneuvering over towards Central Park West with top security escorts in toe. Marked “Macy’s Parade.” Themed caravans of marvels. Magical at midnight. – Jodi Kaplan