– Over a thousand Santa’s gathered at the Flatiron building in midtown before
heading to the bars on the route that was revealed less than 24 hours before
the annual event began.Two protesters
that tried to announce on their megaphone that the SantaCon was cancelled were
escorted off their platform and the Santa’s continued on their way of having
fun and celebrating the seasonal event.
The SantaCon is set up as a charity with a
number of groups benefiting from the proceeds through Participatory Safety
organization. The SantaCon continued forward despite attempts to damper the
event with posters saying the booze-fueled blight had been canceled. Festive
dressing in Santa, Elves, deer, Christmas trees and other decorative outfits
filled the area.
Conn. – Heights & lights was presented by Reckson.From 22 stories above Stamford Downtown
thousands viewed Santa’s team rappelling.General Manager, NY Yankees was the Elf that rappelled down Sunday
evening.Mrs. Claus:Heather Franc, Rappel Team, Grinch was played
by Jason Teitelbaum, Rappel Team, Rudolph:Ron Markey, Rappel Team, Santa:Brian VanOrsdel, Rappel Team Captain.
evening was fulfilled by the annual lighting of Stamford’s Holiday Tree.Santa and his helpers took a decorated fire-truck
up Bedford Street to Latham Park.Christmas music was performed and hot chocolate was served at the two
local churches afterwards.
NYC – The
rain and heavy mist did not hold back thousands from viewing the lighting of
the 84th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Tishman
Speyer CEO Rob Speyer,Tishman Speyer Chairman Jerry Speyer, Alec Baldwin and
Kate McKinnon hit the button to light the tree at 8:55 P.M.The tradition for 84 years signifying the
start of the holiday season in New York City.
Norway Spruce tree was lit with more than 50,000 multi-colored, LEDs on approximately
5 miles of wire.The Spruce came from
Oneonta, New York and was donated by Angie and Graig Eichler. 2016 marks the 13th
year the Swarovski Star will adorn the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
Hosts were Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al
Roker and Hoda Koth.Performers included
Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, Neil Diamond, The Roots
featuring Anthony Hamilton & The Hamiltones, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan,
Jordan Smith, Pentatonix, Tori Kelly, and The Radio City Rockettes
Tradition continues with the 17th annual kickoff of the Winter’s Eve
at Lincoln Square.Thousands of people
lined the west side around Dante Park across from the Lincoln Center.Three time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette sang
during the lighting of the tree.Justin
Guarini from Broadway’s “In Transit The Musical” was the host.WABC-TV’s Amy Freeze joined in on the
countdown.Tribute to Sharon Jones was
shared since her passing was last Friday.
LaVette has had a career that has span five decades and 2016 won Best Soul
Blues Female Artist in Memphis, Tennessee.Also, her CD “Worthy” gave LaVette the third nomination.Also, performers at the tree lighting were
Alicia Svigals known as a world leading klezmer fiddler and founder of the
Shakedown’s performed soul music with a seven-piece band.
The parade route was lined with over 2.5 million viewers ranging from wide-eyed
children to adults embracing the nostalgic iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
Parade that has been signified for the last 90 years.During World War II there was a break in
accumulative straight lineage number of years when material products were hard
to acquire and then began counting again after that period.
parade encompassed 16 character balloons, 27 novelty/ornament balloons, over a
thousand clowns, 26 floats, 16 marching bands and more made the complete 2.5-mile
security was visibly present with more than 80 sand-filled sanitation trucks
blocking intersections, added helicopters, bomb-sniffing dogs and officers with
assault rifles. A successful parade was completed with Santa wishing everyone a
Stamford, CT – The streets
were lined with excited spectators for the annual UBS Parade Spectacular and
they remained to watch the parade even though the winds would not soften for
the balloons.The 15 balloons that were
inflated the evening before were not able to be in the parade because the winds
would not go below the 25 mph to safely allow the balloons and the handlers to
encompass the parade route.
An estimated 1,500 people marched in the parade
that featured college and high school bands, eight floats, dancers and
cheerleaders.Master of Ceremonies,
television personality Alan Kalter presided over the UBS Parade
Spectacular.This was the 23rd
annual UBS Parade Spectacular and regarded one of the largest of its kind. Santa Claus and Mrs. Santa
Claus welcomed in the Holidays at the end of the parade.A bit of rain that showed a few flakes
drizzled down at the end of the parade.
CT – Balloons were being inflated the evening before the Annual Holiday Balloon
Parade in Stamford, CT on Sunday, November 20, 2016.The “Balloon Inflation Party” at the
intersection of Summer Street and Hoyt Street was packed with wide-eyed
children and their parents on a beautiful evening.
annual UBS Parade Spectacular will feature a new balloon, The Octonauts.Other favorite balloons that will return this
year include:Daniel Tiger, Elmo, Fred
Flintstone, Paddington Bear and more.Over
200,000 spectators are expected as 15 giant helium balloons line the parade
route.Floats, dance groups, 13 marching
bands and television personality Alan Kalter will be the parade’s Master of
NM – The 45th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was presented
by Canon with 550 registered balloon teams including 108 special shape
balloons.The annual festival of hot air
balloons is the largest gathering of balloons and balloonists in the world.Countries
in the number of 19 were present from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech
Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New
Zealand, Russian Federation, Spain Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United
Kingdom and 43 states in the United States.Attendance was estimated 839,309 visits, seven countries coverage for
media including China, Japan, Qatar, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and
the United States.
First Prize in the “hot air overall competition”
was awarded to Scott Allsup, of Arizona, Second place – Pat Fogue of Missouri,
third – Jerry Copas, Indiana.Allsup
took home a new Buick Encore.Women’s
National Championship was Cheri White – Texas, Second place Elisa Trillanes –
New Mexico, third place Janet Lutkus – Ohio.
Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dolly Parton at the CMA
Award Winners 2016.Lily Tomlin
presented the award to her friend and co-star in “9 to 5.”Taylor Swift gave Garth Brooks the top award
of the evening – Entertainer of the year.
anniversary celebration for 2016 CMA Award Winners:Garth Brooks-Entertainer of the Year, Eric
Church-Album of the Year “Mr. Misunderstood,” Carrie Underwood – Female
Vocalist of the Year, Chris Stapleton – Male Vocalist of the Year, Little Big
Town – Vocal Group of the Year, Tim McGraw – Song of the Year “Humble and
Kind,” Brothers Osborne – Vocal Duo of the Year, Maren Morris – New Artist of
the Year, Thomas Rhett – Single of the Year, Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King
“Different for Girls” – Musical Event of the Year, Chris Stapleton – Music
Video of the Year “Fire Away,” Dann Huff – Musician of the Year.
Forks, ND – Previously planned concert to feature the “Greatest Group of the
Sixties,” incorporated a tribute to Bobby Vee with the passing of Vee
last week.Dick Dunkirk is well known
for his involvement and lead bass guitarist of “The Shadows” portion of the
Bobby Vee and The Shadows.During the
concert at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Dunkirk had the participating bands
perform a number of Bobby Vee’s songs such as “Rubber Ball” and more.Dunkirk spoke to a crowd of over 600 about
his memories of past tours throughout
the world with "Bobby Vee and The Shadows."
Fritz Auditorium’s evening was filled with music of the sixties with music from
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Beach Boys and The Beatles.Music performed, “A Hard Day’s Night.” “All
My Loving,” “She Loves You,” and “Can’t buy Me Love.”Closing
evening’s act featured music of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”A standing ovation with an encore closed the
ND - The Blue Angels gave an unbelievable performance as they are noted for to
a record-breaking crowd.Weather was hot
by the end show on Sunday without a cloud in the sky.History was made this year when the Blue
Angels took flight with the first time having a woman in the cockpit.U.S. Marine Corps Captain Katie Higgins was
the first female pilot in a 69-year history. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew Boeing F/A 18
Hornet fighter jets.The Blue Angels are
the national first oldest flight team and world wide the second oldest flight
New Mexico – Monday was the third day that the International Balloon Fiesta
gave a go to the mass ascension.The sky
was cloudy but the winds were right to be given the green light to ascend.Cliff Keller was the pilot of balloon “Lily” and
lifted off on the second wave thinking at first the flight might be short but
lasted way over an hour with a great landing that encompassed his thirty plus
years of experience and teamwork with his wife Jude.The Chase Crew was made of members that have been with the Keller's for years creating lasting friendships and trust.
MN - Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones rocked the TCF Bank Stadium with over
50,000 fans.The rain stopped minutes
before the Rolling Stones took the stage and fans stood throughout the two hour plus concert absorbing music that the
band has been performing over 53 years.Mick Jagger remains strong with his iconic dance form that everyone has
become accustomed to seeing along with playing the harmonica to “Midnight
City - The Red Carpet was lined with celebrities before Radio City Music Hall
opened up a seven-week performance.New
York Spring Spectacular takes audiences on a whirlwind adventure across New
York City while telling an inspiring and hopeful narrative about New Yorkers
who change each other’s lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. Tony
Award-winner Laura Benanti, Emmy Award-winner and current pro on Dancing With
the Stars, Derek Hough; Lenny Wolpe; Jared Grimes and the Rockettes will be
joined by co-creative directors Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner on the red
MN – A temperamental weather pattern gave way to a large double rainbow over
the main arena as Moondance jammin Country Fest was in full swing with a packed
arena of fans.Friday went off like
clockwork with the well-defined organization that Moondance has been noted
for.Entertainers began with Dallas
Smith, Jon Pardi, Rodney Atkins and Justin Moore.Saturday will be filled with performances by
Lost Highway, Sarah Darling, Joe Nichols and Hunter Hayes.
New York – President Obama landed in New York on Air
Force One and was immediately greeted by a small group of people before
boarding Marine One to attend two fundraisers.Along the route Obama made a brief stop at a Gap store to shop for his
wife, Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha.Gap Inc. is a business that responded to Obama’s request at the State of
the Union address to increase wages.