Macy’s says public can return to look at Thanksgiving Day parade in NYC

The Charlie Brown balloon floats on 6th Avenue during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

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Macys said Wednesday that the public will again be able to line the streets of New York City to see their annual Thanksgiving Day Parade live.

This year’s event will mark the 95th edition of Macy’s iconic balloon parade. Live musical performances will also resume, including the marching bands originally expected for last year’s parade.

The event was drastically reduced in the past year due to the Covid pandemic. It did not use the usual 2.5 mile parade route and just switched to a TV show instead.

“We are very excited to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in its full form again,” said the Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “We applaud Macy’s work in creatively continuing this beloved tradition over the past year.”

Macy’s said it adopted best practices from its recent July 4th fireworks show, which this year attracted a public audience after being reduced in 2020.

For its Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy’s said that all volunteer participants and staff must be vaccinated against Covid-19. To implement social distancing along the parade route, Macy’s will reduce attendance by up to 20%, or around 800 to 1,600 attendees.

The department store chain also said it is still considering how to deal with the balloon inflation public viewing that takes place the night before the parade.

Macy’s added that it continues to monitor evolving health trends and stands ready to implement contingency plans if necessary.

Find the full Macy’s press release here here.

Disclosure: Comcasts NBCUniversal is the parent company of CNBC and NBC has televised the event since 1953.

Solvang’s 4th of July parade returns in grand type

Photo by Robyn Moon Parade 1 – Caleb Moon was named “Most Original” in 2021 for his chariot as Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Jr. Barrelman.

52 entries will be entered into a one-hour God Bless America event

By Pamela Dozois

Contributing Author Write

Judging by the crowds along the parade route with revelers from across the state and country, the July 4th parade in Solvang was a huge success.

Known as “the largest small town parade in the Danish capital of America,” this year’s event was slightly smaller than the usual 70 with 52 registrations, but everyone was in high spirits, with the Stars and Stripes celebrating our country’s Independence Day.

According to Master of Ceremonies Allan Jones, who dressed up like “Uncle Sam” for the occasion, Denmark is the only other country celebrating our 4th of July as our twin city is Aalborg, Denmark.

The theme of this year’s parade was “God Bless America”. The great marshals were the emergency room staff at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, who honored the frontline professionals who “keep us safe,” according to the parade sponsor, Rotary Club Solvang.

The parade took a more intimate route through the village than in previous years because State Route 246 was unavailable, according to parade chairman Steve Palmer of the Solvang Rotary Club. Against the backdrop of quaint little shops, the parade featured decorative floats, dance groups, bands, antique cars, military vehicles, dancing horses, the traditional Viking ship, the fire department, local businesses and families, all of whom attended the hour-long event. Sweets were thrown at the children, Veggie Rescue distributed bags with baby carrots and swimmers occasionally doused the audience with water from Super Soakers, which especially the children giggled happily.

The Santa Ynez Valley High School Band gave a patriotic concert in Solvang Park. The Rotary also had a food stall there for everyone to enjoy after the parade, and added to the local restaurants, which were also filled with hungry parade goers.

The winners of the Solvang 4th of July Parade Award 2021 are as follows: Sweepstakes – Flat Fender Friends; Best Use of the Parade Theme – Daughters of the American Revolution; Most patriotic – “Stars & Stripes” Bill Hopper’s Mustang Dr. Crew; Most Original – Caleb Moon, 2021 Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Jr. Barrelman; Most amusing – The Bachelor Ben Sieke; Most Creative – Jon Anderson’s Tiny Art Cars; Best Band – Tequileros Jovenes; Best Vocal Group – Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company; Best Vocal, Single – Amanda Kadlubek, SYV Community Connection; Best Family Group – Webb Family Van der Stahl Scientific; Best Church Group – San Leandro Seminary; Best Senior Group – Atterdag Village in Solvang; Best Car, Single – Ernest Bankston’s Radio Flyer Wagon; Best Automobile Group – Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Model A Clubs; Best Automobile, Single – Jeff & Barbara Winters Shelby GT 350 Fastback from 1966; Best Automobile Restored – Michael & Elizabeth Snyder’s 1964 Black Cadillac Convertible; Best Automobile, Antique – Ron & Cindy Long’s Midnight Blue 1936 Ford Deluxe Roadster; Best Fire Truck – Solvang Fire Station # 30; Best Tractor – Greg Fannings 5520 John Deere with 9ft Disc; Best Riding Group – Charros of Santa Ynez; Best Rider, single – Rod Simmons of Solvang Riders; Best Viking Ship – Vikings of Solvang; Best Color Protection – American Legion Post # 160; Best Street Sweeper – SP Maintenance Road Apple Crew, SYV Horseback Riders; Best Sports Group – SYV High School Water Polo Teams; Best Dance Group – Garcia Dance Studio; Most Energetic – Patty’s Pickleball Express; Best Group for a Good Cause – Buellton Senior Center SYV Community Outreach; Best School Group – Arabian Horse Riding Academy; Best Audience Participation – Veggie Rescue; Best Dog – Tiny Art Cars; Best Candy Throwers – Vikings from Solvang; Best Trolley – Solvang Trolley and Ice Cream Parlor; Best Medical Group – SYV Cottage Hospital Staff.

The fireworks display, usually organized by the Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Club, did not take place this year due to time constraints. Hopefully it will come back next year.

“It was heartwarming to see the community gather for the July 4th parade in Solvang this year,” said Palmer. “Even so shortly after June 15th, we were overwhelmed by the positive atmosphere and the smiling faces of the participants and spectators. Thank you to everyone who attended, saw the parade, Solvang City staff, IDK Events, the Solvang District Sheriff’s Department, and Rotarian volunteers. It was a team effort to make this a successful, smooth and fun parade. We look forward to the parade getting bigger and better next year in 2022. “

Ukraine criticized for making feminine cadets parade in heels | Leisure

MOSCOW (AP) – The Ukrainian Defense Minister is being put under pressure by members of the government because he has decided to let female military cadets wear heels at an important parade.

“The purpose of any military parade is to demonstrate the military capabilities of the army. There should be no room for stereotypes and sexism, ”said a joint statement by three cabinet members, including Veterans Minister Yulia Laputina.

The statement followed last week’s announcement about the shoes in the parade slated for August 24, the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s declaration of independence from the Soviet Union.

It found that around 57,000 women serve in the country’s armed forces and have “proven themselves with machine guns rather than heels.”

Defense Minister Andriy Taran said Saturday that he had instructed officials to check whether “experimental” shoes – ankle boots, according to news reports – could be worn by the female cadets in place of heeled pumps.

The military failed to explain why female cadets wore different types of shoes than male cadets.

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Officers say reason for lethal Pleasure parade was unintentional | Leisure

WILTON MANORS, Fla. (AP) – The driver who crashed into spectators at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, killing one person and seriously injuring another, accidentally did so, local officials and the leader of one of the groups involved in the parade said Sunday .

Saturday’s crash at Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade initially sparked speculation, including from the mayor of nearby Fort Lauderdale, that it was a hate crime against the gay community.

However, Wilton Manors Vice Mayor Paul Rolli said the early investigation showed it was an accident. The driver was taken into custody, but it was unclear whether he was charged.

“Early investigations now suggest it was a tragic accident, but no one says what it is,” Rolli said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Ali Adamson told reporters that authorities are investigating all possible collisions.

The driver and victims were part of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus family, a small group of 25 mostly elderly men.

“Our Chorus colleagues were the injured and the driver is also part of the Chorus family. To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community, “President Justin Knight said in a statement on Sunday, calling it” an unfortunate accident. “

Rolli was sitting on the float in front of the choir with the mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Dean Trantalis, and other city officials. Trantalis said the driver of a pickup truck suddenly accelerated when told he was next in the parade and crashed into the victims.

Rolli was on the other side of the car and did not see the crash, but immediately jumped off and ran to the victims. In the confusion it was unclear what happened.

“People were really desperate and some people were crying,” said Rolli, who explained that the crash occurred in an area where the wagons were lined up so there weren’t that many parade visitors. “I got calls from people I knew on the other end who were waiting for the parade and said, ‘Is that true? Is that true, do we have to worry? ‘ At this point you don’t know yet. “

Trantalis initially told reporters the act was intentional, adding to the confusion on Saturday night.

Wilton Manors is a tightly knit community near Fort Lauderdale with a vibrant downtown area full of cute shops where people line up for Rosie’s famous hamburgers or gossip and drink at Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar.

Photos and videos from the scene showed the US Democratic MP Debbie Wasserman Schultz tearfully in a convertible at the parade.

In a statement on Saturday evening, Wasserman Schultz said she was safe but “deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost”.

“I am so sad about what happened at that celebration,” she said. “May the memory of the lost life be a blessing.”

A choir spokesman said the director refused to give interviews, adding that many members of the small group witnessed the fatal crash and were deeply shaken.

“The reason people are like Wilton Manors is because the whole community is one big family and that’s how we treat each other … and that really shook a lot of people,” Rolli said. “Even if it’s an accident, it’s just the loss of a life.”

June is Pride Month and commemorates the June 1969 police raid on gay guests at the Stonewall Inn in New York, which sparked an uprising by LGBTQ Americans and served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement.

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Baseball, soccer, kayaks, bluebirds and a parade on Chattanooga-area leisure schedule

Staff photo by Robin Rudd / A male Eastern Thrush sits on a power line in East Brainerd.

Mother’s Day celebrations, the timely return of the parade for Armed Forces Day, and the opening of Lake Winnepesaukah are among the entertainment calendar for this weekend.

* Lookouts Baseball: The weather has postponed opening day, so Thursday’s game between the Chattanooga Lookouts and Rocket City Trash Pandas will be a double header from 5:15 p.m. The gates open at 4.30 p.m. One ticket is good for both games. Weather permitting, the home series will continue at 7.15pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2.15pm on Sundays. Special offers include specialty drinks for a thirsty Thursday, fireworks after the game on Friday and the used car night on Saturday. Adult tickets start at $ 9. Buy from

* Chattanooga’s Armed Forces Day Parade returns to its May schedule after being postponed to October last year. The military salute with JROTC units, vehicles and service members from all branches of the military, as well as civic and volunteer organizations, begins on Friday at 10:30 am and heads north from ML King Boulevard on Market Street. Congressman Mark Green, representing Tennessee’s 7th district, will be the keynote speaker at the post-parade lunch, a ticketed event at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Green is a West Point graduate, doctor, businessman, and combat veteran whose most memorable mission was the capture of Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein. Buy place cards at

* “Figaro in a nutshell”: The Chattanooga State Community College is offering a free virtual concert until Friday with favorite scenes, arias, duets and refrains from Mozart’s opera “The Marriage of Figaro”. Performers include the Chattanooga State Concert Choir, the Faculty of Music and guest artists. Watch at

* The Blooms, Bluegrass & BBQ Festival is held in downtown Sweetwater, Tennessee this weekend, featuring arts and crafts, a kids’ zone, a Saturday BBQ competition, and multiple stage music. The opening times are Friday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Further information is available at

* The Thomas the Tank Engine Celebration, which includes rides on a full-size replica of the picture book train, will be in full swing on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. You’ll take a day off for Mother’s Day (Missionary Ridge Local rides only run) and then return for the final weekend of rides and family activities May 15-16. Tickets are $ 24. Buy from

Staff photo by Patrick MacCoon / Markus Naglestad of Chattanooga Football Club scores his team’s third goal in the first half in a win over the LA Force in April.

* Bluebird Trail: The Tri-State Bluebird Society, a new chapter for the Tennessee Bluebird Society, will open its first Bluebird Trail in Red Bank on Saturday. Members meet from 11 am to 12 pm in the Upper Pavilion of White Oak Park, 2 E. Midvale Ave. The data collected will be used to track the health of bluebird populations at the national level. A tour of the trail will follow. Learn more at

* Guided kayaking tours on historic Lookout Creek are offered on Saturday at 9:00 am by Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and National Park partners. The two-hour excursions teach paddlers (14 years and older) about the rich Civil War history associated with the region. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide all equipment. Reservations are required over

* Chattanooga FC Football: Chattanooga Football Club will play Michigan Stars Football Club on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. Reserved seating starts at $ 7. Learn more at

* Struggle Jennings, a country rapper whose origins include country stars Jessi Colter (grandmother) and Waylon Jennings (stepfather), will perform at The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St. Brianna Harness on Saturday. Tickets are $ 25. Buy from

* Mother’s Day Tea is served Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Marsh House Museum, 308 N. Main St. in LaFayette, Georgia. Tea includes a tour of the museum, which is decorated for spring, tea, and cookies, and a visit to the Welcome Center across the street, where the Northwest Georgia Arts Guild is hosting a “Six by Six” art exhibit. Entry is limited. Masks are required except when eating. Tickets are $ 20 for two. Call 706-638-5187 for reservation information.

* Lake Winnepesaukah, located at 1730 Lakeview Drive in Rossville, will open the “dry side” of the amusement park this weekend. The opening times are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. Until the adjoining SoakYa water park opens on May 29, tickets are $ 29 per person (discounts for youngest and oldest visitors). Learn more at

* Rock City’s Southern Blooms Festival, a celebration of the abundant flora at Lookout Mountain (1400 Patten Road), will take place over the next two weekends, May 8-9 and May 15-16. Activities include fairies in Gnome Valley, a “living well,” harp music, and a sale of plants. Fairy Garden Workshops start at 2pm for a separate fee. Admission is $ 27 adults, $ 15 children 3-12. Buy time-controlled tickets

* Chattanooga Market is planning a Mother’s Day celebration with gift ideas, fresh flowers, and local lunch options from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Admission is free. Learn more at

* Funkey Munkey Mother’s Day Market: K&S Southern Hospitality Events continues its Crafts exhibit at Northgate Mall in Hixson for Mother’s Day through Sunday. Learn more at

* Northshore Karass Performing Arts Series is taking a break from making music to showcase a range of films by local directors at the Chattanooga Theater Center, 400 River St. The final screenings in the two-week presentation are Monday with “Ultimate World” by director Nathaniel Hendricks and Tuesday with “Prelude: Fratres” by Charlie Edholm, “Days Counted” by Chandler Gibson and “Counterpole” by Emily Steele. The demonstrations start at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Reserve tickets at

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.

Arlington ISD’s New Band Trailers to Parade Previous Leisure District Landmarks to Their Future Houses – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Price

Six new high school band trailers will roam the Arlington entertainment district on Tuesday before finding a new home at Arlington ISD.

The parade will bring supporters past AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Field and Globe Life Park, the school district said.

Arlington ISD said the school brand’s new trailers, designed to carry instruments and equipment for each of Arlington’s award-winning bands, were funded over $ 966 million for 2019 under the bond.

Arlington ISD is a nationally recognized school district for its commitment to the fine arts as students participate in the fine arts from kindergarten through graduation, the school district said.

The police escort to the parade begins at 1:50 p.m. and trailers arrive at the Arlington ISD Center for Visual and Performing Arts at 2:00 p.m.

At the parade, the ISD Superintendent of Arlington, Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, and the Director of Fine Arts, Dr. Christopher Anderson, attend.

Band directors and drum majors from all six traditional high schools will also be in attendance.