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Enormous Hoop Skirt

Eventually, women pushed back against extreme fashions. But not before the grandmother of Cathy Rozman wore an entire parade float: My grandmother, Mary Svetich Rozman, was 16 years old when she was Queen of the May at the May Day parade in Calumet, Michigan in 1917,” writes Cathy Rozman from Plymouth. “The trick to this float is [...]

Making Your Own Disneyland Parade

Alex George is a bit of a tinkerer. He got his hands on the Disneyland Main Street Collection, a series of miniatures that replicates the Main Street attraction at Disneyland — including various floats that go by in its lighted Main Street Electrical Parade. But there’s one big problem: the miniatures don’t [...]

80-Foot-Tall Superman Balloon From 1940 Macy’s Parade

As it gets closer to Thanksgiving, some of us look forward to the public spectacle of giant balloons floating through NYC streets that is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This vintage shot from the 1940 parade shows a simpler balloon version of the Man of Steel taking his place in the parade. Boy, parade balloons sure [...]

Costumes From the Tompkins Square Parade

New York’s Tompkins Square Dog Parade is the biggest dog costume contest on earth and this year’s participants certainly did not fail to disappoint. You can enjoy 50 pictures from this year’s event over at BuzzFeed, but my personal favorite is this Bulldog of Frankenstein. Link

25 Facts About Your Favorite Christmas Movies

25 days ’til Christmas, 25 facts about your favorite Christmas movies. Makes sense to me! (Wait, there are only 17 days ’til Christmas? Shoot. I’ve got some shopping to do.) Anyway, enjoy these elf-sized tidbits about some of the movies you’ll catch on TV in the next couple weeks. Scrooged 1. It just goes to show you: [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Unfamiliar Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

We’re all used to seeing Snoopy, Spongebob and Spiderman balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. They’re the A-Listers of the parade; the ones everyone anxiously awaits. It hasn’t always been that way, though – before these illustrious inflatables took center stage, there were other stars of the show. Check out these 10 balloons of [...]

The Quick 10: The Tournament of Roses Parade

This may make me a total dork, but my favorite part about New Year’s Day is getting up and watching the Rose Parade in my pajamas. I’m really not interested in the Rose Bowl itself at all – in fact, I think I’m swearing off football in 2010 following my painful Fantasy Football loss to [...]

Friday Happy Hour: Unofficial Graduation Requirements & Bizarre Lies

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. A few years ago, we replaced our old radiators with baseboards. The guy we hired to do the [...]