The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is as old as your bubbe at 87 years old. The New York City based parade is the official kick-off of the holiday season. And when I say holiday season, I mean the Christmas season. The parade features several Santa Claus floats, helium-filled balloons of Santa’s elves and children sending letters to the North Pole. But, the parade has never featured a Jewish themed float or balloon. I’ll tell you what I think is full of hot air, and it ain’t those balloons.
Before 2006, there were more Jews living in New York City than Tel Aviv at 1.57 million. Roughly 18.5% of the total population of New Yorkers are Jews. How is it that after 87 years of suffering through the biggest parade of the city are Jews represented for the very first time? But, finally! Victory at last.
On November 28, 2013, a 3-story spinning Dreidel balloonicle will dazzle and dance down 2.5 miles of Manhattan streets for the first time. But, don’t bet all your gelt on seeing it again next year. Since, Thanksgiving and the first night of Hanukkah fall on the same day, Macy’s is honoring the special occasion with its first Hanukkah float. It seems that the Macy’s parade team has kept pictures of said Dreidel close to the chest, so tune in on Thanksgiving morning at 9 AM to noon (EST) on NBC to see it yourself.