The Tradition behind the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

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In 87 years of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, bad weather's only grounded the giant balloons once -- in 1971. The giant balloons for tomorrow's parade have been crafted by 28 full-time workers at the Macy's Parade Studio in North Jersey and will be inflated tonight. The balloons that floated over the streets of New York City 80 years ago were nothing like these inflated billboards designed as commercials to be viewed by millions on TV. We hear more from Laura Petrecca, New York City Deputy Bureau Chief for USA Today, and Philip Bump, staff writer for TheWire.com.

Credits

Guests:
Laura Petrecca - USA Today - @LauraPetrecca, Philip Bump - Washington Post - @pbump

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg, Christian Bordal, Lata Pandya