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Macy’s Day Parade Live Blog

December 3, 2007

By Courtney Herrig

81st Annual Macy Day Parade: Live Blog

9:10am Parade opened with Broadway Camp’s performance “Making Magic.”

9:15am The children of military parents stationed in Iraq lead the parade.

9:18am Laura Bell Bundie sang a hilarious scene from Broadway’s Legally Blonde.  The cast performed the scene where Elle Woods is accepted into Harvard Lay School.

9: 30am Young Frankenstein Broadway danced and sang to “Transylvania Mania”

9: 40am The Mary Poppins Musical performed “Supercalifajalisticexpialidocious”.

9:52am The 72 famous legs slow danced to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” originally sung by Judy Garland in “Meet me in St. Louis”.

10am Dolly Parton, 61, performed like a youthful Carrie Underwood.

10:11am New floats in the parade this year will be William Steig’s swamp-loving ogre Shrek, Sesame Street’s fairy-in-training Abby Cadabby and Hello Kitty Supercute, the cape- and tiara-wearing feline superhero.

10: 23am Abby Cadabby makes her debut at the parade. Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby, is the first new female muppet on Sesame Street in 13 years and is a playmate of Elmo, Zoë, Baby Bear and the gang. Being the new girl on the block, she is meant to bring a further opportunity to share lessons on the differences of people from different backgrounds.

10:30am Jonas Brothers sang the pop song “ Hold On“.  Jonas Brothers, the newest Hanson, use rock instrumentals and vocals but with less rebellious rock undertones.

10:42am Utah State band champions played as Hello Kitty, a new float this year, drifted above their performance.

10:50am Bindi, 9, and Terry Irwin danced and sang Animal Planet’s “Animal Wonders” float.  The Ronald McDonald float drifts behind the Bindi performance.

11am Rachel Smith, Miss USA, from Tennessee and the bobble head founding fathers floated in front of Virginia Tech’s marching band.

11:12am The second band to perform was “Lifehouse”.

11:20am The ever-popular “Hairspray” sang to “You Can’t Stop the Beat” at a quarter till 11.  After the John Water’s Broadway remake, The National Dance Institute choreographed a fun routine to an Irish Folk song.

11:25am Jeff Koons, well-known American artists, 1985 sculpture, “ Rabbit”, was remade into a helium version for the 81st Macy’s Day Parade.   The balloon is a post-modern design, just like the sculpture.

11: 28am Ashely Tisdale performed “Last Christmas” sans Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgen – her High School Music costars. There has been many tabloid references made of the absences of the lead co-stars at high profile events.

11:35am The Mr. Potato Head balloon was wearing tennis shoes to promote fitness and healthful eating by the National Potato Association.

11:38am Jordon Sparks snag on the Pillsbury float alongside the doughboy himself.

11:44am Foot juggler drops his partner on national television . . .

11: 45amWillard Scout ushered the queen of the day  – She is a hundred years young!

11:50am Wynona Judd performs “I’ll be home for Christmas.”

11:56am Santa Arrives! The holiday season has now officially begun.

The Earth Pottery 5th Annual Show

December 3, 2007

By Priscilla Mader

The 5th annual holiday pottery sale promoted by the Tampa local artists, Wesley and Takashi started today at Old Hyde Park Village in the Tampa Artist Emporium (the space was formerly Ann Taylor’s).

In addition to all the functional stoneware pottery, they also introduced new wall hangings and also new lines of tile that can be special ordered.

The sales will continue tomorrow, December 2nd (Sun) 10AM – 2PM.

The Old Hyde Park Village is located at 1618 Snow Ave., Tampa 33606

For further information, please visit the website http://www.fromtheearthpottery.com or call Wesley Allen at (813) 727-7341

Live Blog of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

December 3, 2007

Christine Wolstenholme
Live Blog

November 22, 2007 9:00 a.m.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Pre- Parade begins with 600 kids from Camp Broadway singing and dancing. The parade is held in Harold’s Square in front of Macy’s department store.

November 22, 2007 9:03 a.m.
Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer are hosting the show on NBC. There are 3.5 million people at the parade.

November 22, 2007 9:04 a.m.
Al Roker, also hosting the show, is at 77th & Central Park West with the parade’s executive producer Robin Hall. Hall says there are 10,000 people in the parade, including children whose parents are currently in Iraq. The parade will be aired in Iraq for them. Hall cut the ribbon.

November 22, 2007 9:07 a.m.
An aerial view showing the crowd and floats, while naming the celebrities that will be in the parade.

November 22, 2007 9:11 a.m.
Another aerial view from Central Park West & 2nd Street, showing beautiful, colorful trees and millions of people lining the streets.

November 22, 2007 9:13 a.m.
Matt and Meredith are at 34th & Broadway in front of Macy’s. A “Legally Blonde” skit from Broadway is being performed.

November 22, 2007 9:20 a.m.
Al Roker speaks with Patti LaBelle about her appearance in the parade and her new holiday CD.

November 22, 2007 9:22 a.m.
Another performance from Broadway, it’s called “Young Frankenstein.”

November 22, 2007 9:29 a.m.
Bob Saget is flying over the parade in a helicopter.

November 22, 2007 9:31 a.m.
A “Xando” skit from Broadway is being performed.

November 22, 2007 9:37 a.m.
Al Roker speaks with Masi Oka and Ali Larter from the cast of Heroes.

November 22, 2007 9:38 a.m.
The 5th or 6th round of commercials are airing. There’s too many and they are more annoying then usual.

November 22, 2007 9:43 a.m.
The cast of “Mary Poppins” from the Amsterdam Theatre is singing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

November 22, 2007 9:51 a.m.
The Rockettes are performing for their 75th year.

November 22, 2007 9:58 a.m.
The Rockettes dance the 81st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade into Harold’s Square, followed by the NYPD.

Macy’s Great American Marching Band, made up of kids from 50 different schools, is performing “Swing, swing, swing.”

Dolly Parton sings on a 42 ft. long “Showboat” float.

A Plymouth Rock float floats by with pilgrims and a giant Tom the Turkey float.

November 22, 2007 10:04 a.m.
Cast members and muppets from Sesame Street sing as they float by.

Stephenson High School Band, which has 180 members, plays Medley from “The Wiz.”

A Scooby Doo balloon float goes by.

A “Build A Bear” float with the Jonas Brothers stops so they can perform a song.

November 22, 2007 10:15 a.m.
The float: Barbie the Island Princess stops so Barbie can sing a song.

American Fork High Marching Band from Utah performs.

A balloon float of Hello Kitty dressed as a super hero floats by.

November 22, 2007 10:22 a.m.
“Up with People” performs in front of Macy’s.

Animal Planet presents “Animal Wonders,” a float with Steve Irwin’s wife and daughter performing.

Another high school band from Tennessee dressed as clowns is performing.
McDonald’s Big Red Shoe Car drives by with Ronald McDonald, then the Ronald McDonald balloon float follows behind.

An M&M float goes by with some musical performers.

November 22, 2007 10:32 a.m.
A giant Lady Liberty float goes by with Rachel Smith, Miss USA, along with giant balloon floats of Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

Virginia Tech’s Marching Band performs.

The United States Postal Service has a float with stamps from every state on it, along with the band Lifehouse performing a song.

The Snoopy balloon float goes by.

November 22, 2007 10:41 a.m.
Amica Insurance has a float that looks like an old fashioned diner with performers doing a skit from “Hairspray.”

The balloon float JoJo from JoJo’s Circus flies by.

Six hundred cheerleaders rock out to a medley of songs from the ‘60s.

Ne-Yo floats by performing one of his songs.

November 22, 2007 10:50 a.m.
One hundred members of the National Dance Institute are dancing down Broadway.

The Big Apple float goes by with Latin boy-band Menundo performing.

Concord High School Marching Band performs a song from “West Side Story.”

Harold the Fireman, a balloon float, goes by. Following closely behind is a Hess float that looks like the Brooklyn Bridge with a bunch of Hess trucks around it. Good Charlotte is on the float performing “I Don’t Wanna Be In Love.”

The Duracell Energizer Bunny balloon float goes by.

November 22, 2007 11:02 a.m.
Sarah Brightman performs on the Macy’s pirate ship float.

A giant pirate balloon float goes by.

The Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Band performs “The Nutcracker.”
A giant Shrek balloon float swoops over the crowd on Broadway.

November 22, 2007 11:09 a.m.
The Cartoon Network’s “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” float sings “You’re My Best Friend” as it floats by.

“Rabbit,” a 54 foot tall helium balloon, goes by.

Albertville High School Band performs “Oh! Susanna.”

Echo Unlimited’s float, Mt. Rhino, goes by with Ashley Tisdale singing “This Christmas.”

Sailing down Broadway is a giant balloon float of “Dora the Explorer.”

November 22, 2007 11:19 a.m.
Cotton’s cornucopia float has the Cherokee National Youth Choir singing “Jingle Bells” in their own language.

A giant Mr. Potato Head balloon float goes by.

The University of Oklahoma’s Marching Band performs as it goes by.

November 22, 2007 11:29 a.m.
The Huesca Brothers perform circus tricks in front of Macy’s.

The Big Apple Circus goes by on foot and float.

A giant balloon float of Pokemon Pikachu goes by. It’s the only float in the parade with illuminated cheeks.

Corbin Bleu sings on a Nasa float.

The Planter’s Nut-mobile drives down Broadway.

Baltimore’s Marching Band plays a tune as it walks by.

November 22, 2007 11:38 a.m.
Willard Scott drives in a 1920’s car with a 100-year-old woman who lived in an apartment above Macy’s department store.

“Give Me The Key To This Wonderful City” is performed by Michael Feinstein and Ankita.

Fifty members of the NYPD Marching Band walk by and play “Silver Bells.”

A snowman balloon float goes by.

A Carebears float goes by with Kay Hanley singing on it.

November 22, 2007 11:46 a.m.
The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees do 4,500 dance steps down Broadway during the parade.

Another marching band goes by playing “Babes in Toyland.”

A Gibson guitar float goes by with Wynonna Judd singing “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”

A giant balloon float of Kermit the Frog floats 50 feet above the crowd.

November 22, 2007 11:54 a.m.
The Mike Miller Dance Team makes their 22nd consecutive appearance in the Macy’s Day Parade, dancing to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

“Pix” and “Charlie”, two giant elf balloon floats, go by just before a 50 foot sleigh with Santa Claus completes the parade.

Live Blog: Adam Schlatker’s Bar Mitzvah Experience

December 2, 2007

By Natalie Shultz

7:05 p.m. After a 45-minute drive, I finally arrive at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City with my family for the Bar Mitzvah of the son of a friend of my mom’s.  The theme of Adam’s Bar Mitzvah is chemistry, so the lady at the front door greets us with, “Welcome to Adam’s Laboratory,” and asks me if I have any lab rats in my purse.  We walk down the red carpet and there are all different entertainers dressed like scientists, and then the kids split away from the adults and go down the junior scientist route back to flight simulators…

7:15 p.m. We are having cocktail hour until 8. There are really cool shots in test tubes, for the adults of course. Outback is catering, and the shrimp quiches and crab wontons are outstanding. I think I am going to go back for seconds…

7:23 p.m. The kids are still in the flight simulators. I must admit, I am a little jealous.  The beakers have dry ice and are making the whole room really smoky, so I cannot see very well…

7:40 p.m. The videographer comes over and we all say “mazel tov, Adam” to the camera…

7:50 p.m. Almost time to go into the airplane hangar, which is good because we are starving…

8:01 p.m. There is a periodic table which serves as the seating chart, so we are going to go look at it to find our seats. Underneath the chemical is your name and the answer to a math problem.  The table numbers are math problems, so before we can find them, we have to do the math.  Clearly, as a journalist, this might be a problem. Thank goodness for my brother-in-law, the accountant, who knows the cubed root of 125…

8:10 p.m. Still cracking up watching the old people try to figure out “one squared” and what the symbol pi means…

8:15 p.m. At this point, it has gotten a little ridiculous, and the entertainers are sent out to help the lost quests…

8:26 p.m. Adam makes his grand entrance with some of the entertainers and he meets his mom and dad, Diane and Paul, and his sister Rachel, at the front, and his parents give a formal thank you to all the guests…

8:30 p.m. There is a slideshow of Adam growing up… naked kid pictures are always embarrassing, especially to 13-year-old boy and an eight-year-old little girl…

8:45 p.m. The Rabbi says the Hamotzi, breaks the bread and drinks the red wine, and now we are ready to eat…

9:00 p.m. Dinner is served. There is a huge buffet with lots of different pastas; a carving station with different meats; a table with different breads and dipping sauces; and a salad station…

9:12 p.m. Our table finally called to go up, which is a good thing because I am getting pretty grumpy smelling food and not being able to eat it…

9:30 p.m. We finish eating, and the DJ starts the music so people can start dancing…

9:43 p.m. The entertainers start Adam’s conga line and then throw out different glow-in-the-dark party favors to the audience, like necklaces and bracelets.

9:57 p.m. Adam’s little sister, Rachel, and her group of friends came up and performed a song and dance they made for Adam—“It’s time to celebrate! A-D-A-M…”

10:05 p.m. The entertainers are giving out inflatable instruments now, and some of the kids go back to do the flight simulators again and to take a tour of the airplanes, and there is a camera guy set up with a green screen for kids to take pictures…

10:14 p.m. We start to walk around and say our goodbyes and thank yous…

10:25 p.m. On the way out, the hostess hands me a brown tank top that says “Got Science?” and a test tube of candy (which will keep me awake on the drive) home, and we head to the parking lot for the journey back to Tampa.