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New York: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was spectacular (videos)

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New York: Spectacular was the iconic "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" in New York, organized every year by the famous department store.

The parade tradition began in 1924 and established the Macy's parade as the second oldest parade in the U.S. In the beginning, only store employees took part in the parade that was organized with the hope that the celebration would make customers to shop more in anticipation of Christmas. Some animals were also parading like elephants and camels.

The impressive parade starts at 145th Street in Harlem at 9 a.m. and according to tradition, after a 9.7 km route to Union Square, Santa Claus is welcomed to New York for the Christmas holidays.

Thanksgiving is celebrated in America every year on the last Thursday of November and marks the beginning of the festive season.

The Thanksgiving parade has been televised nationwide by NBC since 1952.

The parade is more like a carnival and its main features are the floats and the huge inflatable structures that have different figures every year, such as cartoons and well-known heroes.

This year's parade included 16 giant balloons, 28 floats, 40 inflatable news and old, 12 bands, 10 performance groups, 700 clowns and a Santa Claus.

Mariah Carey closed out Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.

The star of the classic "All I want for Christmas is you" and "Christmas queen" in America, Mariah Carey, sang yesterday at the annual spectacular parade of Macy's, in downtown Manhattan for Thanksgiving, confirming her title.

In fact, she made sure to make a similar "royal" appearance, with a red, long dress with a furo and a tiara on the head.

However, Twitter went "on fire" with mocking tweets.

The singer who appeared alongside her children to sing "All I Want For Christmas" probably didn't excite many Twitter users who were quick to mockingly comment on her appearance.

What disappointed them most and urge them publish those Tweets was that Carey did not perform the song live but with playback, while she did not dance at all. Many wrote that she was 'just standing there' or that she had a 'queen's behaviour'.

It may be known that all singers perform their hits with playback in the parade - as John Legend had noted in 2018 - but many commented that Mariah made it very obvious with some even writing that -as she does every Christmas- she "came out of hibernation" for the holidays.

The appearance of Mariah Carey
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The whole spectacular parade

Exclusive footage of the Hellenic Daily News from the preparation of the parade