Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade kicks off Christmas and offers costume ideas!

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a holiday tradition. Broadcast on NBC every Thanksgiving morning, this past year marked the 83rd time the Parade made its way down Broadway in New York City. Always entertaining, the parade mixes beautiful floats with popular characters and gigantic character balloons that fly overhead above the all-ages throngs of those in attendence lining the parade route.

A great barometer of what’s new and hot in animated fare, as well as Broadway shows with a dash of nostalgia mixed in, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade offers some insight into some possible costume choices for the year ahead. As always, some of the classics were on hand including Sesame Street, celebrating its 40th anniversary, Snoopy and his pal, Woodstock, and Spongebob Square Pants.

Clocking in on the nostalgia factor this year was the Pillsbury Doughboy, looking as adorable and “poppin’ fresh” as ever and the Smurfs, those loveable little blue critters who are slated to be making a comeback in 2011 with a new feature film.

Broadway yielded some fun costuming ideas with the new musical interpretation of Shrek with actors donning costumes of the big green ogre, his beloved Princess Fiona and the rest of their twisted fairy tale pals. In terms of Broadway revivals, “Bye Bye Birdie” is back on the Great White Way with John Stamos as an agent who for a ’50s teen hearthrob going off to war. Slimline men’s suits and ’50s poodle skirts and crinoline with saddle shoes and pony tails.

And as for the Santa Fashion Report: Jolly Old St. Nick was decked out in traditional Santa red and white with a Germanic twist bearing brown leather trim on his jacket with golden jingle bells standing out against the brown leather — a little bit of the classic Norman Rockwell santa with a dash of “old school” Father Christmas flavor!

Hope you’re already catching the spirit of the season! Happy Holidays!

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