When I looked at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade characters for 2013, there were three I never heard of: Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, Toothless, and The Elf on the Shelf. I must be getting older!! Some of the others seemed predictable: SpongeBob SquarePants, Snoopy and Woodstock, Hello Kitty, Buzz Lightyear, Pikachu, Pillsbury Doughboy, and Spider-Man. I didn’t realize that Pokémon was still popular!! Maybe its time to exchange Pikachu for something Lego related? Here are the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon characters and where to spot them in Soho:
Snoopy and Woodstock - Uniqlo and Forever 21 - Uniqlo is a Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer and Forever 21 is an American chain of clothing retailers selling clothing and accessories for young women, men, and teen girls. Uniqlo is located at 546 Broadway and Forever 21 close by at 568 Broadway.
Hello Kitty – Sephora – Sephora is a beauty store that features more than 100 brands and thousands of products including its own private label such as makeup, skincare, body, fragrance, color and haircare. Sephora is located across the street from Uniqlo at 555 Broadway.
Hello Kitty and Buzz Lightyear - Crocs is a shoe manufacturer of foam clog shoes which was originally developed as a spa shoe. Many nurses and children originally were targeted for these shoes because they were marketed as microbial-free, however, Crocs settled a $230,000 lawsuit because of the false representation. Crocs is located at 143 Spring Street.
SpongeBob SquarePants - Billionaire Boys Club (BBC) - I originally wrote about the SpongeBob SquarePants line in September 2013 here. BBC is located at 456 W Broadway.
- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which started in 1924. It is the second oldest Thanksgiving parade by four years, to the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts parade in Philadelphia.
- The parade is three-hours starting at 9:00 am on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013.
- The parade consists of floats, professional bands, and inflatable balloons.
- In the 1920s, many of Macy’s department store employees were first-generation immigrants and originally marched from 145th Street to the Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street. Currently the parade starts at 86th Street.
- Today, more than 44 million people watch the parade on television each year.
If anyone knows of other cartoon character lines sold in retail stores in Soho, please comment!!