CT, November 18, 2014 – The UBS Parade Spectacular presented by Stamford Town
Center and The Advocate/Hearst Media will feature Dannel Malloy, Governor of
Connecticut as this years’ Grand Marshal.
UBS Parade Spectacular presented by Stamford Town Center and The
Advocate/Hearst Media will step-off on Sunday, November 23 at 12 Noon on Summer
Street at Hoyt Street, continues on Broad onto Atlantic and concludes at
Federal Street. Hosted by Stamford Downtown Special Services District and
featuring 16 giant helium balloons, the annual parade is one of the largest of
its kind in the country.
Vegas - Las Vegas Convention Center hosted over 60,000 industry leaders from
more than100 countries.SEMA Show is the
largest premier automotive specialty trade show in the world.Showcased at the automotive show were nearly
2,000 products of new parts, tools and components as well as hundreds of
The SEMA show named Rich Barsamin 2014 SEMA Person of
the Year, KAM Marketing was named SEMA Rep Agency of the Year, and Motor State
Distributing was named WD of the Year. In addition, the 2014 SEMA Hall of Fame
inductees—Nile Cornelison, Jim Cozzie, John Menzler and Fred C.
Offenhauser—were honored for their contributions to the industry.
cars were on display with custom colors ranged from the Ford GT to Lamborghini
Aventador with Forgiato Wheels.Mazda
showed off their club racer that was a take off of the Miata Sports car.Catching viewers by surprise was the Toyota
Ultimate Sleeper that was hidden inside the body of a typical looking Camry.November 3-6, 2015 is set for next year’s
show in Las Vegas.
MN – The Vikings sealed the game in the last quarter with a 2-point conversion
by running back Matt Asiata.Asiata had
three touchdowns during today’s game against the Washington Redskins.Rookie quarterback for the Vikings Teddy
Bridgewater passed for 268 yards with 42 attempts and 26 completed.
Washington Redskins started off the first quarter with Kai Forbath capturing 3
points with a 36-yard field goal.Second
quarter the Redskins gained another 7 points and the Vikings landed on the
scoreboard with Asiata’s first of three touchdowns of the game.Third quarter Vikings gained another
touchdown for a total of another 7 points and the Redskins gained 10 more
points; fourth quarter capsulated with 6 for the Redskins and Vikings coming in
at full force with 15 to finish the win at 29 and Redskins 26.The 2-point conversion that gave the final lead
that the Vikings held on to for came the last 3:27 minutes of the game.
coach Mike Zimmer of the Vikings at the news conference after the game said “I
felt like the team grew up in a lot of ways…we went down 10 to nothing but we
kept fighting.”Proof of the strong
resilience showed with three touchdowns occurring during the second half.
Ken Walter competition flight - Kay's Wind Dancer II
NM – Over 800,000 spectators filled the grounds during the week of the
International Balloon Fiesta to watch 550 balloons lift toward the sky.Albuquerque, New Mexico has been the destination
for the World International Balloon Fiesta since 1972 with representation of
over 22 countries at launch for 2014.Each day was packed with activities including an impressive mass
ascension each morning. This was an
amazing and colorful display of balloons as all lifted off when their assigned
wave was directed for liftoff by coordinators dressed in black and white
outfits designed to resemble ‘zebras.’A
couple of mornings were too strong but the green flag was waving to allow
static display of the balloons creating a colorful field.
Challenge Gas Balloons landed safely with the Spanish Team becoming the
unofficial winner.The team landed
south-southwest of Lebanon, Kentucky.The unofficial second place winner was the Poland team with landing at
Perryville, MO with traveling 941 miles and 46 hours aloft.The America’s Challenge was delayed because
of winds for lifting off from Saturday evening and final launch taking place
early Tuesday morning.
Albuquerque, NM - Jan
Balkedal of Sweden was the recipient of the FAI Ballooning Commission
International Hall of Fame in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the International
Balloon Fiesta.Balkedal has been
involved for over thirty years with the Swedish Balloon Federation and has
competed in 19 of the 20 World Hot Air Balloon Championships.Among his list of professions include a
professional film producer with award-winning film in 1984 “Balloon Ballet.”
Soukup was Master of Ceremonies and accepted on behalf of Umberto Nobile
induction to the Hall of Fame Honor.Nobile of Italy was born January 21, 1885 and died July 30, 1978 in
Rome, Italy.Nobile was notably known
for his airship development and helped design the airship “O” in 1916 for
marine exploration.Nobile helped to develop
a new style of parachute and helped to design a prototype for a helicopter.
Soukup presented Tom Rutherford a plaque for gratitude as a co-founder of the
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.Rutherford
flew the first balloon at the fiesta in 1972 that began the start of the World’s
Premier Balloon Event in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
ND – The second year in a row Fargo, ND hosted ESPN’s “College GameDay.”North Dakota State University Bison Fans
packed the downtown Fargo area with nearly 9,000; twice as many that turned out last
year.Last year was the first time that
ESPN hosted “College GameDay” in Fargo.The
Fargo Theatre was the backdrop for the filming of GameDay.The Bison entered the home opener with 27
consecutive wins and now added another win continuing to add to their FCS record-breaking
hosts each Saturday morning during football season with Chris Fowler, Samantha
Ponder, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreith, Desmond Howard and David Pollack. North Dakota State University took victory
over Incarnate Word in NCAA Division I FCS football with a score 58-0.The Gate City Bank Field was a completely
sold out with over 19,000 fans.
ND – The night may have turned cold for the evening but that didn’t prevent
over 2,500 people to come out and enjoy the tribute band Hairball.Hairball is a band from Minneapolis,
Minnesota that performs acts from the 1970’s and ‘80’s:KISS, Prince, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Poison,
Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper and more.Hairball has been performing for 14 years
across the country. Pyrotechnics are
brought into the mix with technicians that create a mix with smoke, fire,
lights that captures the attention of the fans throughout the performance.
Lakes, Minn. – WE Fest finished the weekend on a high note with Zac Brown Band
performing their heart out for the fans that loved every moment.The strength of Zac Brown with his top-notch
band members showed through as they showcased strong proficiency of their
instruments from the keyboard, fiddle, guitars, percussion and songwriting.
diversity of their style and music performed Saturday night went from country
music to an encore appearance dressed in skeleton costumes playing music from
Pink Floyd’s band.Zac Brown Band ended
the evening with one of their number one hits “Chicken Fried.”They have taken a number of country awards
throughout the years beginning with top new vocal group 2009 and Grammy
for best Country Album “Uncaged” 2012.
Lakes, Minn. – Total coordinated efforts brought the complete performance of
Brad Paisley together to a huge crowd hitting close to 50,000 fans.Paisley had a well-choreographed light show
with video going in the background as he performed his hits.Some videos incorporated skiing, fishing and
with humor asked the fans “are there any lakes around here?” Of course with
Minnesota known for being the land of 10,000 lakes the crowd loved Paisley’s
was the headliner for Friday night at WE Fest and showed the strength of his
technical command of the guitar and vocal from start to finish. His infectious
smile was non-stopped showing Paisley still is having fun performing for fans
that truly love his music and personality.Paisley brought the crowd together with his friendly approach and at one
point in the third song “American Saturday Night,” came to the front lower part
of the stage to take a selfie with a fan.
lineup starting at 2:45:Chris Hawkey,
Thompson Square, Travis Tritt, Brantley Gilbert and headliner Zac Brown Band.
Detroit Lakes, Minn. - Country
music The Band Perry played to fans that packed the open-air grounds of WE
Fest.The band is a family group of
Kimberly Perry, performing as lead vocal, guitar, piano, Neil Perry on
mandolin, drums, background vocal, Reid Perry on bass guitar and background
Energy abounded non-stop the entire show the
moment the three appeared at the top of a built-up platform and the created
atmosphere of lights and smoke started. They performed songs from their albums
with number one singles “DONE,” and “Better Dig Two.”2012 they were awarded Top Vocal Group from
the Academy of Country Music Awards amongst numerous other awards and
nominations throughout the years.
Lakes, MN – WE Fest is one of the oldest and largest country western music
festivals in the country.Fan base
continues to grow with over 30 years of country music festival history at WE
Fest.The expected crowd of over 49,000
will start filling the groomed campgrounds August 5th.Early bird arrivers to the campground will
start with an early bird camping party followed by a kick off party August 6th
at the barn stage.
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.
New York - Passion
and excitement filled the press conference room at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan
for the upcoming Friday night 15th Annual Super Bowl Gospel
Celebration.Rev. Jesse Jackson gave the
opening prayer of thanks to the players and talked about that there will be no
losers with players that give of their talents.St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be the recipient of the
- Times Square may have had freezing temperatures but that didn’t stop over a
million people from ringing in the New Year.Miley Cyrus helped to ring in 2014 with a gold-sequined two-piece and a full-length
white fur coat.Midnight countdown was
lead by Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the 2,688 pieces in a triangle shape
Waterford Crystal ball dropped.Anderson
Cooper and Kathy Griffin hosted the evening for the seventh year in a row.