EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A test run for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was under way at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. Saturday.
Hundreds of volunteers gathered in a parking lot to practice handling one of the five new balloons at the parade.
Why do people keep coming back to do it? Jim, who will be directing the “Wizard of Oz” balloon, said it all makes for a unique experience.
“Where else can you walk through the streets of Manhattan in front of a five-story balloon with a few million people on either side, and everyone’s having a good time,” he said.
People at the Saturday rehearsal got to see the new look for the parade’s oldest star – Charles M’ Schulz’s Snoopy. Designers have created a new Snoopy balloon featuring Woodstock riding on Snoopy’s head.
This will be the famous “Peanuts” dog’s 37th parade.
There were a few tense moments for the beloved pooch when a net got caught on the dog’s ear, CBS 2′s Cindy Hsu reported.
Crews swarmed to Snoopy’s left side and eventually Macy’s Parade Studio V.P. John Piper climbed a ladder and freed the net. Minutes later the balloon was up and away and ready to be seen on Thanksgiving Day.
Also making their debut this year are Finn and Jake of “Adventure Time” fame, “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and Toothless from “How to Train Your Dragon.”
The 47-foot hot air balloon featuring portraits of “Wizard of Oz” characters will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the film.
The parade will step off on Thanksgiving Day at 77th Street and Central Park West, before heading south to Columbus Circle, turning westward on 59th Street/Central Park South, and finally heading south on Sixth Avenue to 34th Street, where it will make its final turn to halt in front of Macy’s Herald Square at Seventh Avenue.
The first parade was staged by the store in 1924, with floats, professional bands, and animals from the Central Park Zoo. It was originally organized by immigrant employees at Macy’s who were looking to give thanks for the opportunities they had found in America.
Casts of CINDERELLA, 'JOPLIN' & FIRST DATE Set for CBS's Thanksgiving Day Parade
KEVIN FRAZIER and Thea Andrews, co-anchors of "omg! Insider," will anchor THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON CBS, live from New York City, Thursday, Nov. 28 on the CBS Television Network. It will be broadcast 9:00 AM-Noon, live ET; 8:00-11:00 AM, live CT; 7:00-10:00 AM, live MT; 9:00-Noon, delayed PT.
A CBS Thanksgiving tradition in its 53rd year, the special will feature portions of the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade live from New York City, as well as performances by country music superstars Lady Antebellum. Since its 2006 inception, the group has won the "Vocal Group of the Year" honor from both the ACM and the CMA three times in a row and has sold over 11 million albums worldwide. The trio has taken seven trips to #1 on the country radio charts, earned five Platinum singles, including their recent single "Downtown," and has won seven GRAMMY Awards, including the all-genre "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year." Most recently, Lady A released the new single "Compass," and will kick off their headlining TAKE ME DOWNTOWN Tour in January.
Additional performances during the parade will include the Broadway casts of the hit Broadway productions "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella," "First Date" and "A Night with Janis Joplin."
Frazier and Andrews will anchor from a site along the parade route in New York City. The beloved parade is famous for its gigantic balloons of cartoon character favorites, fantastic floats and lively marching bands from across the country.
Currently, Frazier and Andrews co-anchor the nightly, half-hour newsmagazine "omg!INSIDER," which is in its 10th season. This marks Frazier's second consecutive year hosting the Parade, while this is Andrews' first. Previously, Frazier worked on "omg!INSIDER's" sister show, "Entertainment Tonight," for eight seasons as a correspondent and weekend anchor. Frazier appeared as an entertainment expert on news and entertainment programs including CBS News' "The Early Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," CNN's "Larry King Live" and "Nancy Grace," and HLN's "The Joy Behar Show."
Before joining "omg! INSIDER," Andrews worked on "Entertainment Tonight" as a correspondent and as an anchor on "Entertainment Tonight Weekend." Prior to that, Andrews was known for her work on ESPN where she served as a national correspondent, a co-host for ESPN's hit show "Cold Pizza," and later as the co-host of "ESPN Hollywood." During her time with ESPN, Andrews co-hosted the Triple Crown morning shows, "The ESPY Red Carpet Show," "The Indy 500 Parade," "Michael Jordan's Celebrity Golf Invitational" and contributed to ABC Sports live coverage. Also, Andrews has hosted TNT's "16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Red Carpet Show," "CMT's Next Superstar" and "Top Chef Canada." Additionally, she has appeared as herself in the series The Young and the Restless and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, on the Network, "True Blood," "Torchwood," the feature film "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and had a recurring role in the ESPN original series "Playmakers."
Emmy Award-winning producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss ("The Tony Awards") are executive producers for THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON CBS. Weiss will also direct.
Thanksgiving 2013 TV programming
Thanksgiving 2013 in the United States is as late as it can be this year — Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. Leading up to that date, and over Thanksgiving 2013 weekend, as always, there will be plenty of TV programming related to the holiday (and even the start of some Christmas programming), as well as sporting events and marathons of movies and TV series.
Here is some of the notable Thanksgiving 2013 TV programming in the U.S. All times are Eastern; check back for updates and additions.
The Big Bang Theory: “The Thanksgiving Decoupling” – Nov. 21 at 8pm on CBS. Sheldon protests when the gang drags him to Mrs. Wolowitz’s house for Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Penny and Leonard must deal with a mistake from her past.
The Michael J. Fox Show: “Thanksgiving” (pictured at top) – Nov. 21 at 9:30pm on NBC. When Mike and Leigh’s parents (guest stars Charles Grodin and Candice Bergen) come to town for Thanksgiving, Mike struggles to have an honest conversation with his father, while Annie deals with Mike’s controlling mother. Eve teams up with Harris to keep tradition alive in the Henry household.
Bob’s Burgers: “Turkey in a Can” – Nov. 24 at 8:30pm on FOX. Determined to have a perfect Thanksgiving, Bob meticulously prepares the family turkey. But, to his horror, he finds that someone then dumps the turkey in the toilet in an act of Thanksgiving sabotage.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – Nov. 28 at 8pm on ABC. This year marks the 40th anniversary of this 1973 Peanuts special that finds Charlie Brown wanting to do something special for the gang. However, the dinner he arranges is a disaster when the caterers, Snoopy and Woodstock, prepare toast and popcorn as the main dish. It will take all of Marcie’s persuasive powers to salvage the holiday for a humiliated Charlie Brown. Following this half-hour special is a bonus cartoon from Charles M. Schulz called This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers.
Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular – Nov. 28 at 9:30pm on ABC. This 90-minute special airs on Thanksgiving night and features pop superstar Lady Gaga teaming with the lovable Muppets to sing holiday favorites and Lady Gaga hits. Gaga will perform songs from her new album, ARTPOP, and other performance highlights will include a duet between Lady Gaga and Kermit the Frog, a rendition of Gaga’s “Applause” with special Muppet guests and performance duets with Sir Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and RuPaul, Kristen Bell appears in a special sketch alongside the Muppets and Lady Gaga. Additionally, the Swedish Chef, Beaker and Animal will perform Muppet renditions of the holiday classics “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bells.” The program will also feature a sneak peek of the upcoming film Muppets Most Wanted, premiering in theaters March 2014.
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