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Turkey, stuffing, football and the Macy’s Day parade. That is what makes a perfect Thanksgiving Day. As the lead banner proclaims, the event is presented as a “Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere.” Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was originally operated by Macy’s employees, many of whom emigrated to America from Europe and longed to stage a celebration similar to the ones in their countries. The first parade was held in 1924, entertaining an estimated audience of over 10,000. That year it was called the Macy’s Christmas Parade, and it followed a route from 145th Street and Convent Avenue to the Macy’s store at 34th Street and Broadway. Three floats (pulled by horses), four bands and zoo animals from the Central Park Zoo -- camels, donkeys, elephants and goats -- starred in the parade. Santa Claus was last in the lineup, a tradition that continues to this day. In 1927, the gigantic balloons that are now the signature element of the parade made their first appearance with the help of helium. (Macy’s is the world’s second largest consumer of helium. The United States government if the first.) The balloons, produced by the Good Year Tire and Rubber company, replace the zoo animals that were frightening to some children and the first balloon included cartoon characters like Felix the Cat. At the conclusion of the parade, the giant balloons were released into the air. In 1929, Macy’s began offering a $50 reward for any returned balloons, which were affixed with return address labels. In 1931, pilot Col Clarence E. Chamberlain snagged a balloon with his airplane’s wing, leading to a ban on retrieval by airplanes the following year. But after the 1932 parade,
The parade still marches on...
another pilot attempted to capture a balloon and nearly crashed, leading Macy’s to discontinue releasing the balloons at parade’s end. In 1934, celebrities became an important element of the parade, with singer-actor Eddie Cantor joining in the event that year. The Mickey Mouse helium balloon was also introduced to parade-goers. From 1942 to 1944, the parade was canceled because of the shortage of helium and rubber during World War II. Those three years are the only time the celebration had been called off. The parade became a permanent part of American culture after being prominently featured in the 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street, which shows actual footage of the 1946 festivities. The event was first telecast nationally in 1952. On the NBC telecast from in front of the flagship Macy’s store on Broadway and 34th Street the marching bands perform live music but most of the other live acts such as songs from Broadway musical use pre-recorded music with the performers lipsyncing their singing. The Parade has always been known for its policy of going on rain or shine and the valiant efforts of the balloon wranglers should always be recognized. But, new safety measures were incorporated in 2006 to prevent accidents and balloon related injuries. One measure taken was installation of wind measurement devices to alert parade organizers to any unsafe conditions that could cause the balloons to behave erratically. Also parade officials implemented a measure to keep the balloons closers to the ground during windy condition. Every year, the Macy’s team behind the parade works to outdo the previous year’s event. This evolution has meant bigger bal-
Macy’s huge balloons, the unique trademark of Macy’s Thanksfiving Day Parade, made their first appearance in 1927. Bullwinkle the Moose flies high on the left. The image at the right is a vintage 1940 Eddie Cantor Balloon.
loons, more floats, better materials and new technologies, all resulting in the flashy spectacle that rolls through the streets of New York today. Today, the Parade delights two million spectators along the line of march, and mil-
lions more watching live on TV. *Interesting side note on Macy’s Store logo. Did you know that the “Red Star”, Macy’s insignia comes from a tattoo founder R.H. Macy acquired during his teenage days as a Nantucket whaler?
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AMERICA’S THANKSGIVING PARADE® DETROIT One of the nation’s best Thanksgiving parades is celebrating in a grand way as America’s Thanksgiving Parade® is celebrating 87 years of marching, smiles, clowns and bringing families together in Detroit! Detroit’s parade is one of the country’s oldest and most celebrated Parades and will step off at 9:05 a.m. on Woodward Avenue and Mack and end at Woodward Avenue and Congress in downtown Detroit. The Parade Company has recently announced that Art Van Furniture has become the presenting sponsor of America’s Thanksgiving Parade®. The Van Elslander family will proudly walk the Woodward Avenue parade route, waving to the millions of spectators watching in person and on television across the country. This exciting news furthers the great momentum already building at The Parade Company for this year’s parade. They have announced a record eight new floats to be unveiled this parade season and an extended route for America’s Thanksgiving Parade®. The iconic parade will now travel more than two miles. With 10,000 grandstand seats available for parade goers, this year’s route will offer views of some of Detroit’s most notable landmarks on Woodward Avenue including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Orchestra Hall, Comerica Park, the Fox Theatre and Campus Martius Park. The more than two mile long parade will feature 60 parade units, award-winning marching bands, 500 clowns, specialty acts, celebrities, the Big Head Corps donning Italian-made papier-mâché heads and the Distinguished Clown Corps celebrating its 30th year. This year’s theme is “Downtown Our Town.” The parade is free to the public with grandstand tickets available starting at $40. For more information, visit theparade.org and follow The Parade Company on Facebook and Twitter.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013 Time: 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. CST. Place: Downtown Chicago on State Street—from Congress to Randolph The parade boasts of Giant helium balloons, remarkable floats, award-winning marching bands, talented equestrian units, unique performance groups, local and national celebrities In 1934, the United States had been in the Great Depression for
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six years. Many leaders in Chicago searched for ways to boost the economy as well as public spirit. Walter Gregory, President of Chicago’s State Street Council, proposed a Christmas parade to Chicago Mayor Edward Kelly in the hopes that it would improve the moods of Chicago residents. The Mayor agreed to the parade, being primarily interested in its potential to improve Chicago’s economy. Chicago’s first Christmas Parade was on State Street on December 7, 1934. Gregory and a costumed Santa Claus led the caravan, which was filled with toys and various merchandise from State Street businesses. As the city’s government offi-
cials had hoped, the parade contributed to desirable growth in the local economy and 1934 held the city’s largest holiday buying period since 1927. This was both exciting and surprising for the entire city. Not only was it the Depression, but that day held dangerously low temperatures throughout the entire state. Some areas of Illinois were as low as fourteen degrees below zero. Through trial and persistence the tradition of this fantastic parade has survived and grown. Ring in your holiday season with the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade! Enjoy classic gigantic balloons, the nation’s finest marching bands, majestic horses, festive
floats, incredible performance groups, celebrities, and even an appearance from Ronald McDonald ® and Santa Claus! The parade takes place in Downtown Chicago on State Street—from Congress to Randolph. Find the prime viewing spots anywhere on State Street, between Congress and Washington has excellent viewing. The best place to view the parade is in the VIP Experience section, located on State Street between Washington and Randolph. If you want to watch from the comfort of your home, live national broadcast on WGN America, is also available in approximately 75 million households.
“Big Head” corps grows even bigger
America’s Thanksgiving Parade®, produced by The Parade Company, has become a unique and eagerly awaited holiday tradition...uniting families and individuals throughout the community and the nation in a celebration of spirit and storybook wonder. One of The Parade Company’s grandest attractions is the world renown papiermâché head collection. These colorful artifacts were originally acquired from artists in Viareggio, Italy with some dating back to the 1940s. The ever expanding collection of nearly 300 heads are restored by the seasoned artists at The Parade Company that have been trained by the talented artisans from Viareggio. These cherished parade characters can be seen throughout the year on display in the studio and along the parade route. This year will mark the 6th year the Big Head Corps makes it’s march down Woodward Avenue. This year also plans to be even bigger and better with many exciting new activities planned throughout the year for our members. 2013 “Head Honcho” Cassie Sobelton is confident in making an even bigger impact in the community this year. This group of enthusiastic young professionals will put on their heads Thanksgiving morning and march down Woodward Avenue, all in hopes of bringing smiles to people’s faces and shedding light on one of Detroit’s hidden treasures.
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No Ordinary Thanksgiving Meal
Dinner with the Queen
November 8-10 Queen Victoria Weekend Historic Downtown Cambridge, Ohio Plan your visit to explore the Dickens Victorian Village display during “Queen Victoria Weekend”. Meet the Queen at various events during this celebration. Watch the Queen’s Parade, explore the old fashioned “Street Faire” and Mingle with the Monarch at the Queen’s Tea or Dinner with the Queen. Learn about Victorian Funeral customs at the “Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Funeral and Mourning Program” Start your visit at the Dickens Welcome Center at 643 Wheeling Avenue where you can pick up your official Visitors Guide with detailed map of Historic Downtown Cambridge. Explore the Imagination Station’s costumes and props to dress the part as you try your hand at becoming a true Victorian Lady or Lad. Visit: www.DickensVictorianVillage.com
Thanksgivining Dinner with Abe Lincoln
November 16, 2013 Welcome Thanksgiving with a serving of history! Hale Farm & Village welcome you to a different kind of celebration! Located in the Cuyahoga Valley near Bath, Ohio, is an outdoor living history museum and a premier collection and property of Western Reserve Historical Society. Daily mid-19th century life is depicted through dozens of historic structures, farm animals, heritage gardens, cooking demonstrations, and demonstrations of Early American craft and trades. During this Thanksgiving celebration, discover the real story behind the holiday; meet President Lincoln, enjoy Civil Warera music and taste Hale Farm grown-andmade savories at this special dinner. Location: Hale Farm & Village Contact Phone: 330-666-3711 Contact Email: halereservations@wrhs. org
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Special Feedings and Free Admission Let the dinner dishes soak and set the DVR to record the game – it’s time to make family Thanksgiving memories at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. As a way of saying thank you to the community for another great year of support, admission to the Zoo and The RainForest is FREE for everyone on Thursday, November 28. So no matter how big your holiday herd is it’s easy to bring everyone to the Zoo for a visit. Visitors can watch the animals enjoy special holiday treats during enrichment demonstrations throughout the day. There’s even complimentary heated transportation through the Zoo on Thanksgiving and all winter long. A full schedule of Thanksgiving at the Zoo activities will be taking place. Check the zoo’s website at : www.clemetzoo.com.
Wednesday, November 27, 6–9pm 6–9pm: Visit the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus and meet Snoopy, Woodstock and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Enjoy a Peanuts “Thanksgiving dinner” of popcorn, pretzels, buttered toast, jelly beans and jello sundaes. 7pm: The Ladies of Longford perform celtic music in the Grand Atrium. Entertainment included in admission. $2 per “meal”, $1 hot beverages.
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57. *Power plant 60. *Liverpool group, following “the” 64. Luau greeting 65. *”Posion ___” covered by the Stones and the Hollies 67. Beauty pageant wear 68. Short African 69. Butterfly catcher 70. Cupcake topper 71. Epic poem 72. “Fancy that!” 73. “Who ___?” DOWN 1. *Eagle’s landing spot 2. Fairytale beast 3. Bird’s foot 4. *Oscar winner “_____, Dolly!” 5. Declare with confidence 6. Middle Ages subj. 7. Kind of person 8. North face, e.g. 9. Refuses to 10. Bad to the bone 11. Cote d’Azur locale 12. Casual attire 15. *Detroit’s soul recorder 20. Deceive by a mock action 22. *The Sixties, e.g. 24. Large fleets 25. *Greensboro Woolworth’s event
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What every woman should know about healthcare costs in retirement
On average, women live entitlement reform changes. longer than men and face Knowing the challenges you distinctly different chalmay face with your health – lenges in maintaining their and what they may cost – can health. Perhaps as a result, make a difference in being women tend to spend more prepared. than men on out-of-pocket •Creating an emergency medical expenses in retirefund — Reducing your debt ment. According to a 2012 and saving as much as you Employee Benefit Research can before you retire is the Institute (EBRI) study, resimplest way to prepare for an tired men spent an average unanticipated need — mediof $124,000 on healthcare, cal or otherwise. If your balwhile retired women spent ance sheet is healthy, you’ll $152,0001 — $28,000 more likely be better positioned to than their male counterparts. absorb medical costs not covIn addition, women are more By JoAn Smith, CFP ered by Medicare. likely to need (and to spend •Being proactive about more money funding) long-term care, some your health — Schedule and keep routine of which isn’t covered by Medicare. dental and medical check ups and stay up-toWith these expenses in mind, it’s not date on preventative services including the surprising that the cost of healthcare is one flu and pneumonia vaccines, colorectal canof the biggest retirement planning concerns cer screening and mammography. Thoughtfor Americans. Though it’s essential that ev- ful prevention and early detection can help eryone plan financially for healthcare needs prevent minor medical issues from becomin retirement, it’s especially important that ing major ones. Maintaining a healthy diet, women understand the specific challenges exercising regularly and avoiding tobacco they may face. This knowledge may help and other addictive substances is important women work toward preparing for these ex- to quality of life at any age. It’s also one of penses and to help avoid a financial shortfall the best and most inexpensive ways to keep in retirement. Start by: •Estimating your healthcare costs — Crossword answer from page 6 Begin by assessing your overall health and family health history. Calculate your current annual medical and dental expenses as a starting point. For help projecting what these costs may be in retirement, use an online healthcare calculator or estimator to help you become familiar with treatment costs for a variety of health and dental conditions. Also become educated about various long term care insurance options to determine if a policy might be right for your situation. •Being realistic — If you think you’ve got it covered with Medicare, think again. Today Medicare only pays about 60 percent of retiree healthcare costs and it doesn’t reimburse for most long-term care expenses.2 Plus, there’s uncertainty about how much it will cover in the future due to potential medical bills at bay. •Consider setting up a health savings account (HSA) — An HSA allows you to make tax-deductible contributions when you put money in. The money builds up tax-free and you can withdraw it tax-free for qualified medical expenses.3 Unlike a flexible spending account, you don’t lose money you don’t use. It rolls over and is 100 percent portable. Plus, you can use it anytime during your lifetime to pay for qualified medical expenses. Keep in mind that if you withdraw funds for non-medical purposes, you are subject to a tax penalty. Unfortunately, when it comes to healthcare costs in retirement, there is no silver bullet solution. But by following these tips, you can help take control of the things you do have influence over now to help prepare. Consider working with a financial professional who can help you factor real and potential healthcare costs into your overall financial plan for retirement.
### 1 & 2 Employee Benefit Research Institute, “Savings Needed for Health Expenses for People Eligible for Medicare: Some Rare Good News,” October 2012. 3 Note that an HSA is only available with a high deductible health insurance plan JoAn M. Smith, CFP®, is a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Delphos, Ohio. She specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice 26 years. To contact her, call 419-695-7010 or
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