The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Documenting one of the most iconic shows in America

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For 71 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has delighted millions of Americans watching from home, as they receive a spectacular backdrop and a never-ending stream of famous faces.

Since 1927, Macy’s annual parade has seen 469 million viewers watch floats and marching bands of all shapes and sizes.

With millions tuning in to Macy’s annual parade, an electrical glitch hit the show in New York on Monday – causing the Central Park balloon to pop. The whole show was cancelled.

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This year’s event was scheduled to include:

– James Corden and Daniel Radcliffe with Queen Extravaganza, sponsored by BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme – kitty cat Escapade and dressed up Harry Potter – supermodel Naomi Campbell’s balloon Style : a martini glass and sofas adorned in fur, featuring the words ‘I love cocktails’, ‘I love white clothes’ and ‘I love spending time with people’ – Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist and record producer Alicia Keys in Swish – with Herve Leger, backed by live bands and dancers Psychedelic Land Rhapsody, sponsored by Deutsch – a candy-colored mermaid, dressed in white suit with pink feathers, stoking the flames – Jimmy Fallon and actress Anne Hathaway from their hit musical film Les Miserables – with the unforgettable theme tune performed by Broadway actress Idina Menzel Back on Track, sponsored by Macy’s, with singer Fantasia singing Gary Clark Jr’s funky song and dancers Frankie J and Colton Dixon from Fox’s The X Factor: who will be showing off their dance skills on the streets of New York City – actress Hayley Atwell’s balloon The Bookworm, who includes illustrator Robert Crumb – dressed up Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – in show-stopping blue armour, red-hot and ready to take on a crowd of people who want to get her face on their pancakes.

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There is no official estimate yet on how many people were affected by the power cut. But we have compiled some of the most famous balloon miscalculations.

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The best of the celebrations on the streets

Check out the video links for more memorable moments, and be sure to tune in to BBC Radio 4’s Today from 2120 BST (Saturday 29 November) for a wonderful feature highlighting the spectacular parade and all the fascinating stories.

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