Well, maybe not everyone loves a parade, but I know I love watching them on television. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is a tradition for me- I always have my breakfast while I’m watching the parade and also keep the tv on while I start whatever cooking I need to do for the day. From the time I was a child, watching in my pajamas, to now- I can’t think of a Thanksgiving without the parade. So when I had the opportunity to interview one of the lead balloon designers, John Piper, I couldn’t possibly let that pass me by! I have the full audio of the interview and I’m so happy to be able to share that with you. Speaking with John was such a treat. After speaking with him, watching the parade in a week will take on a whole new meaning for me.
First, did you know that one of the six new balloons in this year’s parade is Thomas the Tank Engine? That’s right! But this took awhile because of the development in technology. In fact, let’s take a look:
The balloons have really come a long way since then. In fact, I asked John about the balloons and specifically about Spongebob, since he isn’t a typical round shaped balloon. As you’ll hear in the interview, John confirmed that Spongebob was a predecessor in terms of technology for getting Thomas the Tank Engine in the parade.
And, I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of Spongebob but that tune is catchy…
Here are some information about Thomas, courtesy of Macy’s:
And here’s some information about Paddington from Macy’s
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