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hireVision Takes on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Posted on: November 22nd, 2011 | Category: Our Blog


Kermit the Frog rules!

That was a driving force behind the decision by our intrepid Director of Marketing & Social Media, Margo Trott Mukkulainen, to brave the crowds and the weather this year in order to witness the 85th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. (Well, that and because Margo has been her kids have been dying to go for years.) Be sure to check back on our blog, Facebook page or Twitter feed for photos and to read commentary from our embedded reporter.

As we all prepare to join friends and family for the holiday, we’d like to take this moment to express how grateful we are for our wonderful clients and business associates, and for your interest in hireVision’s blog as well. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


inflating Snoopy

The night before the parade we went to see the balloons up close while they inflate them. Very cool!


This was very cool! They funnel you in along the streets where the balloons are inflated and held until the parade start on Thursday morning. You get close enough to see just how big they are.

(Please note that the Energizer Bunny is giving Spiderman pink bunny ears in the second photo, proving that even crime-fighting superheros don’t always get respect.)





We got up really early and walked about a half a mile from our hotel to stake out a prime spot on Columbus Circle at about 7:15 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. At first, my kids swore they would never forgive me for doing this to them, but once the bands started marching by, then the floats and balloons came around the corner, all was forgiven.

Here is a sampling of some of the balloons that were in the Parade this year. Snoopy, Kermit and some other old standards were trotted out, along with some new characters, including Julius the Sock Monkey (of Paul Frank fame) and the blue, stitched-head Tim Burton creation “B” boy. I’m sorry I didn’t get a good picture of Ronald McDonald’s deflated right foot, but if you Google it, I’m sure you’ll find a photo of the only balloon glitch (at least as far as I could see) in an otherwise stupendous parade.

As you might have guessed from these photos, my kids and I were extremely partial to the balloons. I’d be remiss if I didn’t report that the floats and bands were excellent, too. I even caught a glimpse of Neil Diamond on the South Dakota state float. Why that float, you ask? I have no idea, but he’s Neil Diamond, people! He can sit on any parade float he darn well wants to!



Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! –Margo

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