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– The Rockefeller Center and surrounding blocks were totally filled with
revelers for the 85th Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Mayor Bill de Blasio flipped the switch
surrounded by the Rockettes, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker. The tree lighting performers included Harry
Connick Jr., Seal, Train, Brett Eldredge, Pentatonix, The Tenors and others.
Norway Spruce stood 75 feet tall, weighed 12-tons and was donated by Jason
Perrin, State College, Pennsylvania.
Swarovski Star was placed at the top of the Norway Spruce tree and
adorned with 25,000 crystals and one million facets. The tree will be lit every day until January
7th. The Rockefeller Center
Christmas Tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Security was tighter this year with more
areas restricted as well as extra screening.
City – The Upper West Side was packed with holiday revelers enjoying a full
evening of festive activities. Weather was mild allowing families to have their
children embrace the excitement of the holiday event. Taking the stage was Micky Dolenz the voice from
The Monkees as headliner. Lea Salonga
from Broadway’s “Once On This Island” lead the lineup with members of the
Metropolitan Opera. The celebration’s
formal kickoff began with a tree lighting ceremony in Dante Park on the Upper West Side lead by Amy
Micky Dolenz, The Monkees
festival had a large variety of events for all to enjoy. The always-entertaining stilt-walkers
enlightened everyone with their amazing ability and agility to walk through
crowds and give a creative performance as they walked through the festival. Vendors were serving food from over 30 of Lincoln
Square’s top eateries. Ice Sculpturing
took place in front of the Time Warner Center.
Domes Tree Farm from Bliss, New york installed the 27ft Concolor Fir.
City – The temperature was colder at the start of the parade but that did not
keep spectators away from enjoying the largest Thanksgiving Parade in the
country. The winds were low so that the
balloons could be flown at normal expected height for all to be amazed of the
size as they came down the parade route.
Estimation of over 3.5 million people lined the parade route. This year featured new balloons such as Olaf
from the movie “Frozen” and from “Paw Patrol” Chase, a new version of the
Grinch of Dr. Seuss stories.
floats had celebrities as Jimmy Fallon, Smokey Robinson, The Roots, Wyclef
Jean, Flo Rida. Marching bands from
different parts of the country and the long awaited Santa Claus closed the
successful parade event. The route is 2
½ miles long and traveled down Central Park West from 77 street to Columbus
Circle, along Central Park South to 6th Avenue to 34 Street and
ending at Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street. Security was extra tight to keep everyone
safe to enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
Conn. – The parade held strong with thousands lining the streets to watch. A fun-filled lineup of floats, balloons,
marching bands, dancers and dignitaries.
The evening before with inflation had rain but it subsided for
Sunday’s parade. The wind gave a bit of
a challenge but the strong organized teams were able to launch a large number
of the balloons for the kids to gaze with amazement. Last year the balloons were not able to fly
with strong winds. The clowns filled the
streets and had everyone ready to fully enjoy the parade.
known as a Comedic Daredevil always amazes the audience with his agility of
breath taking stunts when he climbs a high pole that sways as he does his
performance. Masters of Ceremonies was
Alan Kalter. Silver Steel Band
performed, 12 marching bands, NYPD Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Band, the
Fairfield County Police Pipes and more participated.
NM – The first place for the longest distance record in the gas balloon race
starting off from Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta won by the Swiss
team. Nearly 60 hours aloft for 2,278
miles the Swiss team landed near the Newfoundland border in a remote area in
Canada. The Swiss team of Nicolas Tieche
and Laurent Sciboz broke the record that was set in 2000 with 1,998 miles by brothers
David and Alan Levin.
The record flown
in Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett championship in 2005 of 2,113 miles was
also broken by the Swiss Team. Andy
Cayton from the U.S. and Krzysztof Zapart from Poland took second place
touching down along the Quebec Coast on Tuesday. Peter Cuneo and Barbara Fricke from the
Albuquerque were champions last year landed in Vermont for third place. Eight gas balloons took off from the Balloon
Fiesta Park Saturday evening. This is
the 22nd America’s Challenge gas balloon race at the Albuquerque
International Balloon Fiesta.
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