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December 04, 1997 - Image 22

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Clockwise from top left:
* One of the 14 high-school marching bands that appeared at the
* "Dr. Feel-Good" makes his appearance with an aspiring doctor
* N.Y.C. Police on 72nd and Columbus patrol the windy sidelines
* Santa Claus was in full gear with his handy candy-cane assistant to
help distribute the presents for the upcoming holiday
* One of the many sponsored floats appearing in the parade, these
snowmen were sponsored by The Family Channel's Captain Kangaroo


On Nov. 27, 1997, Macy's held its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in
New York City. The event, which began promptly at 9 a.m., started on
Manhattan's Upper West Side and rolled down to 34th Street. Fourteen
marching bands from 13 states, including Michigan, 600 clowns and
1,200 cheerleaders battled winds that reached up to 43 mph. There was
an atmosphere of fear and anxiety in the air. Because of the winds, the
hovering balloons moved unpredictably and dangerously. In an unfortu-
nate occurrence, a woman helping to handle the strings of a giant balloon
got her legs tangled, and due to the harsh winds, she was dragged 20
yards across the pavement on 72nd and Columbus. When the parade
came to an end at about 2 p.m., there was an overwhelming feeling of
relief among the 400,000 spectators of this annual holidspectacl


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