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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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New York – 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.


The 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. 

18th Winter’s Eve Lincoln Square

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Micky Dolenz, The Monkees
New York 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 Freeze. 


The 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.  

91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

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New York 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. 


The 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.

Stamford Spectacular Thanksgiving Parade

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Fred Flintstone
Stamford, 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.


Bello Nock 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.


America’s Challenge gas balloon race record

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Albuquerque, 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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