This year for the 94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday November 26, 2020, there will be two new character balloons.”The Boss Baby” by DreamWorks Animation and Universal Studios and “Red Titan from Ryan’s World” by Sunlight Entertainment and Pocket.
The new floats will be “Cruising Cupcakes” by Macy’s, “Her Future is Stem-Sational” by Olay, “Big Turkey Spectacular” by Jennie-O, “Christmas in Town Square” by Lifetime and “Tom & Jerry’s Tourist Trap” by Warner Bros. Pictures
Due to the ongoing 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will undergo several modifications in order to ensure safety for participants. Listed below are several changes that will be implemented for the 2020 Parade.
- The traditional 2.5-mile Parade route will not be utilized this year, the only way to view the celebration is on television.
- All participants, staff and performers will be tested for COVID-19 and undergo wellness checks prior to their Parade participation
- All participants will be appropriately socially distanced during staging and performances, and required to wear face coverings; additional personal protective protocols will be implemented based on the participant’s role
- The overall number of participants have now been reduced by approximately 88%, and split over three days
- No participant in the Parade is under 18 years of age
- The majority of Parade participants hail from the New York tri-state area
- Previously selected regional High School and College Marching Band performances were deferred to the 2021 Macy’s Parade, with locally based cultural and professional marching and musical ensembles taking over performance duties in the lineup
- A minute selection of elements will be showcased on television from previous Parade appearances
- A selection of Macy’s signature giant character balloons will be flown without the traditional 80-100 handlers and instead employ an innovative, specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five specialty vehicles tested and approved by the NYC Department of Transportation and the NYPD
- Macy’s traditional Giant Balloon Inflation public event in New York City, the evening before Thanksgiving, will not take place
- 60 members of the Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree Choir will be invited back to virtually perform an original Christmas carol, composed by Judith Clurman.
- All balloons (with the exception of the Boss Baby, Red Titan from Ryan’s World, Opening Macy’s Stars, & Love Flies Up to the Sky) will be pre-recorded from past parade telecasts
The giant balloon will include:
- Astronaut Snoopy (Peanuts Worldwide) – 2nd time
- The Boss Baby (DreamWorks Animation and Universal Studios) – 1st time
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams Children’s Books) – 5th time
- Sinclair’s DINO (Sinclair Oil Corporation) – 6th time
- The Elf on the Shelf (The Lumistella Company) – 9th time
- Chase from PAW Patrol (Spin Master and Nickelodeon) – 4th time
- Pikachu (The Pokémon Company International) – 7th time
- Pillsbury Doughboy (Pillsbury) – 7th time
- Red Titan from Ryan’s World (Sunlight Entertainment and Pocket.Watch) – 1st time
- Ronald McDonald (McDonald’s) – 6th time
- SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary (Nickelodeon) – 2nd time
- Trolls (DreamWorks Animation) – 5th time
The Heritage Balloons include:
- Love Flies Up to the Sky (Yayoi Kusama) – 2nd time
- Fleck, Bjorn Jojo and Hugg (Netflix) – 2nd time
- Smokey Bear (United States Department of Agriculture – Forest Service) – 2nd time
- The Nutcracker (Universal Orlando Resort) – 3rd time
- Big Turkey Spectacular (Jennie-O) – 1st time
- Blue’s Clues & You! (Nickelodeon) – 2nd time
- The Brick-Changer (The LEGO Group) – 2nd time
- Central Park (Delta Air Lines) – 11th time
- Christmas in Town Square (Lifetime) – 1st time
- Cruising Cupcakes (Macy’s) – 1st time
- Elf Pets (The Lumistella Company) – 3rd time
- Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop (Entenmann’s) – 4th time
- Harvest in the Valley (Green Giant) – 4th time
- Heartwarming Holiday Countdown (Hallmark Channel) – 6th time
- Home Sweet Home (Cracker Barrel) – 2nd time
- Mount Rushmore’s American Pride (South Dakota Office of Tourism) – 11th time
- Her Future is STEM-sational (Olay) – 1st time
- Rexy in the City (Coach) – 2nd time
- Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon) – 3rd time
- Santa’s Sleigh (Macy’s) – 12th time
- Splashing Safari Adventure (Kalahari Resorts & Conventions) – 3rd time
- Tom & Jerry’s Tourist Trap (Warner Bros. Pictures) – 1st time
- Tom Turkey (Macy’s) – 3rd time
- Toy House of Marvelous Milestones (New York Life) – 2nd time
- Big Red Shoe Car (McDonald’s) – 21st time
- ”Give. Love. Believe.” Banner (Macy’s) – 1st time
- Rocking Flamingo (Macy’s) – 4th time
- Rocking Giraffe (Macy’s) – 11th time
- Rocking Horse (Macy’s) – 64th time
- Rocking Lobster (Macy’s) – 31st time
- Rocking Moose (Macy’s) – 5th time
- The FDNY Emerald Society Pipes & Drums
- Heritage of Pride Lesbian & Gay Apple Corps: will perform “Dancing Queen“
- NYPD Marching Band; will perform “God Bless America“
- West Point Marching Band; will perform “The Hellcats“, “This is My Country“, and “The Army Goes Rolling Along”
- Lauren Alaina; will sing “Run” (Mount Rushmore’s American Pride)
- AJR (Splashing Safari Adventure)
- Ally Brooke (Blues Clues & You)
- Sofia Carson (Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop)
- CNCO; will sing “Tan Enamorados” (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
- Darlene Love; will sing “Marshmallow World” (Toy House of Marvelous Milestones)
- Karol G; will sing “Tusa” (Her Future is Stem-Sational)
- Christopher Jackson
- Matthew Morrison
- Goo Goo Dolls (The Brick-Changer)
- New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Ashley Bouder (Central Park)
- The Cast and Muppets of Sesame Street
- Tori Kelly; will sing “25th” (Christmas in Town Square)
- Patti Labelle; will sing “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year“
- Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier
- Keke Palmer (Rexy in the City)
- Dolly Parton; will sing “Holly Jolly Christmas” (Home Sweet Home)
- Pentatonix (Heartwarming Holiday Countdown)
- Bebe Rexha; will sing “Baby, I’m Jealous” (Big Turkey Spectacular)
- Brett Young; will sing “Catch” (Harvest in the Valley)
- Ronald McDonald, Grimace and The Hamburgalar (Big Red Shoe Car)
- Chippey and Snowflake (Elf Pets)
- Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree Choir, will sing “We Believe“
- Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus (Santa’s Sleigh)
- The Big Apple Circus
- Coney Island USA’s Mermaid Parade
- Troop of Dancing Pikachu
- The National Puerto Rican Day Parade
- West Indian American Day Carnival Association
- Zeta Phi Beta; will perform “100 Yearz of Finer“
- City Tourist Clowns
- Corny-Copia Clowns
- Funny Flurry Clowns
- Half-Baked Holiday Sweets
- Nutty-Cracker Ballet Clowns
- Toy Blocks
- Turkey Tech Players & Sports Fans
- Entenmann’s Bakers
- Taxi Cab of Clowns
- Half-Baked Delivery Truck
- Jimmy Fallon and The Roots; will perform “Dancing in the Streets“
- Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations; will perform “Get Ready” and “My Girl“
- Mean Girls; will perform “Somebody Gets Hurt“
- Hamilton; will perform “The Schuyler Sisters“
- Jagged Little Pill; will perform “You Learn“
- The Radio City Rockettes; will perform “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers“
PUBLIC Hotel’s Holiday Bash Warms Up the Season in Style
This past week at PUBLIC Hotel’s holiday celebration warmed up the chilly season in style. The launch of the popular rooftop igloos was the toast of the town.
Guests enjoyed music by Chelsea Leyland and a special performance by Frex, who performed four songs including her upcoming single “used to” featuring Jordan Ward.
Discover your own luxury and style at Ian Schrager’s hotel in the heart of New York City. With a chic and sophisticated vibe, there is nothing as unique and superb as this fabulous location.
Private, heated Igloos are now open. To make a reservation, click here.
Be sure to indicate igloo seating or indoor seating within your request. Each igloo has a capacity of 8-10 people with a 2 person minimum and 2.5 hour time limit when making a reservation.
Photos by @shutherspeed
Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff Hosts ‘Silver and Gold’ Celebration for Fashion Designer Malan Breton
Philanthropist and author, Jean Shafiroff held a special ‘Silver and Gold’ cocktail reception in Manhattan to celebrate fashion designer and goodwill ambassador, Malan Breton.
The reception also raised funds to benefit the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, Inc. The Center provides mental health services to individuals and families in Palm Beach County who would otherwise be unable to afford the help they so desperately need. In addition, The Center hosts the Old Bags Luncheon which will take place on Wednesday, February 21st, 2024 at The Breakers Palm Beach. The events boasts an extraordinary silent auction offering a variety of new or gently used authentic designer handbags, a beautiful lunch in one of the Breakers’ oceanfront ballrooms and a celebrity speaker.
Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Malan Breton, Ray Angry, Flo Anthony, Danny Burstein, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, Ian Mellencamp, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Elton Ilirjani, Baayork Lee, Angel Pai, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Baayork Lee, Linda Lew Woo, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, New York State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Edgar Batista.
Cover Art – Jean Shafiroff, Malan Breton (Photo Credit: PMC / Sylvain Gaboury)
A Day of Enlightenment at Caviar for a Cause with Julia Haart & Batsheva Haart
Julia and Batsheva Haart hosted Caviar for a Cause this weekend to raise awareness and support for Israel. Over $18,000 was raised with all proceeds will be donated to Magen David Adom.
A bevy of international supporters came together on Dec. 3 at Caviar Russe on Madison Avenue to collectively raise their glasses and voices in unison to battle antisemitism.
Julia, who is a self-made businesswoman, designer, and bestselling author also happens to be one of the most influential people in fashion. Knowing the power of the afternoon, she stood before guests at the New York City affair and shared a powerful message.
With a purpose to bring peace to the world she told the crowd with great passion as a changemaker: “We are living in very tumultuous, dangerous times. I was walking around the room, and someone said to me this is all been dormant. Unbelievable. This is what people have been thinking and feeling about the Jewish people behind closed doors. And now they’ve come out of hiding. Now, you see them being openly anti-Semitic……How can we change this tide that has been present for 1000s of years? I may be naive, but I do believe in the goodness of mankind. The way to eradicate Semitism is to talk to be loud, to fight to make noise. We cannot say this too shall Pass. We have to be louder than the hate. We must be stronger than the anger.”
Guests shared the message of hope and harmony throughout the afternoon that was sponsored by Caviar Russe along ALB Vodka. The crowd delighted in delicious hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails as Richie Nuzz put on a grand performance.
Magen David Ado is Israel’s official representative to the International Red Cross. MDA relies on support from donors, including those from the United States, to keep its dispatch systems, training, and equipment the best in the world. When you support Magen David Adom, you are helping save lives, every day.
For more information on how to donate, please visit ttps://www.mdais.org/en/
The Glorious Corner
CHRIS CARTER — (Via Maz Digital) Chris Carter was 7 years old when his mother bought him Rubber Soul, the Beatles’ sixth studio album, at a ShopRite market in Wayne, New Jersey. Fifty-seven years later, he’s the ultimate Beatles expert as host for 22 years of Breakfast With the Beatles, a radio show carried each weekday on SiriusXM’s Beatles channel and Sundays on Los Angeles’ KLOS-FM. The show is celebrating its 40th anniversary, at the same time that music fans are marking the 60th anniversary of Beatlemania.
We talked with Carter about his unique position: He’s a musician too. Carter played bass in alternative rock band Dramarama in the 1980’s and 90’s. “I loved Paul’s bass playing, but I got into wanting to play the bass from listening to Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper records. That really hooked me in.”He was in the right place when he got the job. Carter follows original host Deirdre O’Donoghue, who died in 2001.
The job offer call came just before he went to a Ringo Starr concert. “I knew once I got the job, I would be there ’til I died. This is one of those long-term things and I’m not going anywhere. “Prep keeps it fresh. “I have to handpick 60 Beatles songs a day, or solo Beatles songs, and have them pertain to that day—say, an anniversary or ‘today in Beatles history.’ There’s always something in Beatles history.” On Wednesdays, he spins a wheel to develop a topic for the show, such as “fifth Beatles” or “violins.” “I have to instantly put a set of songs together that matches that category.”
And news events also play a role. When Robbie Robertson of The Band passed recently, Carter made sure to note that by discussing and playing Ringo Starr’s “Sunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond),” on which Robertson and other members of The Band played. “It never gets old. If they handed me a playlist, like they do for so many DJs, and said ‘Chris, play them,’ I would have no passion for that.” He was in the right place when he got the job.
Carter loves to provide tidbits about the songs he plays, so that listeners can experience them with fresh ears. “You’re dealing with 50- to 60-year-old music. If it’s not served up properly, you know, how many times can you hear ‘Hey Jude’? But if you put it in context, like this song was No. 1 for nine weeks. It was the first single over seven minutes long. And it was the first release on their own label. Most Beatles fans, they think they know a lot about the Beatles, but when you give them some information they might not know, then they’ll come back to you and listen again.” He broadcasts in front of a crowd. The satellite radio shows are put together in Carter’s home studio. But many of the shows for L.A. radio are broadcast live from one of three area venues. “I find it fun because in radio you never see your audience. Typically, you’re sitting in a room by yourself with a microphone. You could have maybe millions of people listening, but you don’t know who they are.
“The Beatles are fans. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have each called into the show for interviews, but Carter doesn’t have his head in the clouds about it. “They’ve got to sell a solo record. You’re on the radio. They need you for publicity. They know you’re there for them. Even though they’re the gods of the world, they still need you to sell their records.”SHORT TAKES — (Via Deadline) The meteoric political rise of George Santos and the web of fabulist tales it was built on are getting a movie treatment. HBO Films has optioned the rights to Mark Chiusano’s new book The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos, which was published on November 28, 2023. My only comment is, why? If this ever gets made, it will not be a hit. Exploitative? Definitely and not needed at all …
I’ve watched the two episodes of Hulu’s Fargo so far this season and though somehow intriguing, but didn’t I just see this show on Netflix – Who Is Erin Carter? Fargo’s creator Noah Hawley must have been transfixed by Carter. Odd for sure …
Also, just for the record, why was there so much Russian-dialogue in episode 4 of Apple TV+’s For All Mankind without any sub-titles? Clearly this show has suffered some major budget-cuts, but that was a huge error for sure. Ronald D. Moore’s creation started out brilliantly, but has become something like a space-age soap-opera. Sad for sure.
This show was among my favorites … I loved Chuck Lorre’s Big Bang Theory, so I was anxious to see his Bookie on MAX. Sebastian Maniscalco – who I don’t really get at all – left me somewhat underwhelmed. The show’s about a bookie – funny? Somehow it wasn’t. Even a cameo by Charlie Sheen w/o tiger blood was a letdown.
Very disappointed … Joe Cocker-scribe Mark Bego speaks to Zach Martin Wednesday for his NEWHD outpost …
HAPPY BDAY Randy Newman and RIP one of the most adventurous, creative and intriguing women I’ve ever known, Mica Ertegun.
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Kent and Laura Denmark; Steve Leeds; Ira Robbins; Richard Branciforte; Eppy; Barry Fisch; Frank Patz; Bobby Bank; Roger Clark; Edmond O’ Brien; Jonathan Clyde; Richard Johnson; James Edstrom; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Kent Kotal; Bob Kaus; and BELLA!
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CLUB44 RECORDS has released “The Man with the Bag” – the festive and swinging new single from breakout Broadway star Julie Benko. Her full debut holiday EP Christmas with You has also just been released. After skyrocketing to fame as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway last season, Julie has returned to the New York stage in Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s wonderful musical Harmony. “The Man with the Bag” is arranged by Jason Yeager. The EP Christmas with You is produced by Julie Benko and Jason Yeager, with arrangements by Jason Yeager.
Birdland Jazz Club will present the return of Broadway, recording and concert star Karen Mason for her annual holiday show “Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!” on Monday, December 11 at 7:00 PM. With Karen’s unique interpretations of holiday classics old and new, the holidays will never be the same. Sassy, brassy, and tinged with confessional monologs, this show includes a slinky arrangement of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” a heartfelt “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and more.
Debbie Wileman, the singing sensation who captured world-wide attention during the global pandemic with her uncanny recreation of Judy Garland’s legendary voice, as she makes her return to Carnegie Hall on Sunday, December 10, 2023 as the star of “Judy Garland” We Need a Little Christmas.”
Debbie will be joined by special guests, including the legendary Tony Award-winning Broadway icon Chita Rivera and Academy Award winner Margaret O’Brien, the iconic film, radio, television and stage actress and one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, with more guests to be announced. (subject to change)
Debbie will be accompanied by a live orchestra, conducted by award-winning musical director and arranger Steve Orich. She will take to the stage to perform Judy’s signature Christmas songs as well as newly arranged holiday hits that Judy may have performed if she were with us today.
Birdland Jazz Club will present the 14th Annual “A Swinging Birdland Christmas” – starring vocalists Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, and Billy Stritch – for five performances from Thursday, December 21to Monday, December 25 at 5:30 PM. The December 22 show will be available as a special livestream, with tickets available HERE. This wildly successful extravaganza has been celebrating the holidays at this historic music room since 2010. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, the trio of singers will perform swinging arrangements of “The Christmas Waltz,” Kay Thompson’s “Holiday Season,” “Sleigh Ride,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “Snow,” and “It Happened in Sun Valley,” among other favorites. The show will also include a musical tribute to Birdland regular Freddy Cole, who was also a holiday tradition. The vocalists will be joined by Steve Doyle on bass and Daniel Glass on drums.
54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents four award-winning New York cabaret favorites KT Sullivan, Jeff Harnar, Stacy Sullivan and Todd Murray with Music Director jazz virtuoso Jon Weber in the New York debut of We Love The Winter Weather Songs of the Holidays on Tuesday December 5th at 7pm, in-person and with a livestream option.
The show is an eclectic and entertaining holiday songbook including songwriters Irving Berlin, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, Carol Hall, Peter Yarrow, Mel Torme and David Friedman. The seasonal spotlight shines musically on traditional favorites as well as surprises including “Grandma,” Elvis, Peggy Lee and a “Short Attention Span Theater” retelling of the film White Christmas with the quartet donning the roles of Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen and Danny Kaye. This show had its debut at The Brownville Concert Hall in Brownville, Nebraska. This quintet of talent will send you out believing “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
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