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PETA protests SeaWorld float in Macy's parade

The animal rights group will picket outside CEO Terry Lundgren's Park Avenue home to protest the float's inclusion in the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.

As busy New Yorkers commute to work Friday morning, they might notice a small protest gathering on the Upper East Side. Animal rights group PETA will march outside the Park Avenue home of Terry Lundgren, chief executive of the department store chain, to advocate for the removal of a SeaWorld float in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Last month, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment announced it would debut a float, called A Sea of Surprises, in the 87-year-old Macy's event on Nov. 28. The spectacle, comprised of sculptures of sea turtles, penguins, sharks and whales rolling on ocean waves, is intended as a tribute to the animal park's 50th anniversary in 2014.

PETA is petitioning for the float's removal from the two-mile-long holiday parade, and argues that SeaWorld engages in cruel treatment of marine animals for profit.

"SeaWorld has a long history of poor animal care," wrote Julia Gallucci, the group's senior corporate liaison, in a recent letter to Mr. Lundgren. She cited the documentary Blackfish as background information. So far, 53,000 have emailed Macy's for the float's elimination, according to PETA.

Because a police permit is needed for a sidewalk gathering that exceeds a dozen people, Friday's protest is only expected to attract 10 participants, according to Dan Mathews, senior vice president at PETA. He said they are planning to distribute 1,000 leaflets to Mr. Lundgren's neighbors and passerby outside his 650 Park Ave. residence.

Macy's said their float was not meant to offend.

"Our newest float with SeaWorld is being included in the 2013 Parade line-up to illustrate the wonder of marine life in a manner that inspires millions to learn more about our oceans," said a Macy's spokesman. "While we understand that there may be differing views about this float, no other message or endorsement is intended."

A spokesman from SeaWorld said the company views PETA as an extremist organization. "At this moment, while PETA is busy planning their latest publicity stunt, dozens of rescued animals are being treated by SeaWorld staff in preparation for return to the wild—part of a program that has assisted more than 23,000 ill, orphaned and injured animals to date," he said. "We believe most Americans recognize that SeaWorld, not PETA, is the real animal welfare organization."

SpongeBob Gets a Facelift for 2013 Macy’s Parade

The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon will have a new look at next month’s 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Thursday, Nov. 28). Donning a holiday-themed ensemble for this year’s celebration, the Bikini Bottom balloon takes to the sky for his ninth consecutive procession down the streets of Manhattan.

The SpongeBob balloon design was re-imagined by Nickelodeon and the Macy’s Parade organizers to give it a fresh, more vivid look. The balloon structure was also fine-tuned as organizers accomplished an engineering feat, incorporating 800 tie lines in the single chamber sphere that intricately pull together SpongeBob’s trademark square shape.

“It’s not very often that the term ‘square’ and ‘balloon’ are used together, but for nearly a decade the SpongeBob SquarePants balloon has been one of the many highlights of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Amy Kule, the event’s exec producer. “With his animated persona and super-sized Santa hat, this second iteration of this irascible character will float down the Parade route to the continued delight of the millions of fans lining the streets of New York and the many millions more watching on television across the country. This Thanksgiving, SpongeBob once again takes his rightful position squarely in the sky.”

In 2004, the first SpongeBob SquarePants Balloon made its inaugural appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Based on the most-watched animated kids’ show on TV, this year’s newest SpongeBob balloon will stand at 44-feet tall, 41-feet long and 34-feet wide as it struts down New York’s most famous parade route.

Since its launch in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has been the most-watched animated program with kids 2-11 for more than 12 consecutive years, and over the past several years, it has averaged more than 100,000,000 total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks. As the most widely distributed property in Viacom history, SpongeBob is seen in over 170 countries and translated in more than 35 languages. Paramount is planning the second SpongeBob movie for 2015.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV on Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until noon, in all time zones.

Jumpin' Jaguars to Participate in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) Five Warren County students will be among hundreds of jump ropers from across the county in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Some of the Jumpin'Jaguars will have to jump rope while walking for three straight hours during the parade, and as you'd probably expect, it takes plenty practice and conditioning to accomplish such a task!

"We've been jumping down Campbell lane, and we've been running in races," said Jumping Jaguar Rachel Yarano.

"We've been preparing for three months now, and two hours everyday," said Jumping Jaguar Kaelin Odil.

The Jumpin' Jaguars will be jumping rope from 6p.m. to 8p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Mall in front of Macy's. Macy's will be raffling fragrances, and the group will be taking donations to raise funds for their trip to new york for the parade.
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