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Macy's on Parade! - A Look Inside
Macy's On Parade pop-up book illustration
photo credit: Seth Tice Lewis

The Pop-Up Scenes

The pop-up book Macy's on Parade! is the perfect gift for the family that loves the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The large book features the following 7 double-page spreads, each about 11" X 22," highlighting a different aspect of the parade:
  • The opening of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, featuring clowns, giant balloons, a countdown and a ribbon cutting with a giant pair of scissors, plus two little pockets, one holding a parade map and the other, a small bag of confetti
  • Marching bands that come from high schools and colleges from across the United States
  • A variety of giant parade floats that captivate parade watchers (See the photograph above.)
  • Clowns who perform for spectators as they march by them - juggling, throwing confetti, walking on stilts and more
  • The giant inflatable balloons of characters and animals, one of the most popular features of the parade
  • Performances by celebrities, including the Radio City Rockettes, at the parade stage at Herald Square
  • The grand finale, ushering in the holiday season, with Santa Claus, his reindeer and sleigh, plus Santa's marching band and elves.

The Story of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Macy's on Parade! features a surprising amount of information about the parade, in a way that makes it accessible to a wide range of ages. As you can see in the photograph above, on either side of each pop-up scene is a column of information about the parade and the specific scene. Below the scene, in larger type, there is information about the scene for a younger audience, which can be used when you are reading the book aloud to young children or read independently by 8-12 year olds, some of whom may also enjoy the information in the two columns that is geared towards older children, teens and adults. Although I would keep the bag of confetti away from small children, Macy's on Parade! is definitely, as the subtitle states, A Pop-Up Book for Children of All Ages.

Parade Trivia

Throughout this nonfiction book, the author includes all sorts of trivia that illustrates the size and impact of the parade. Some of my favorites include:
  • Fifty million people watch the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on television and more than 2.5 million people attend the parade.
  • More than 6,000 Macy employees serve as parade volunteers.
  • More than 1,000 pounds of confetti are released during the parade.
  • Participating bands travel an average of 1,500 to take part in the parade.
  • More than 800 colorfully costumed clowns participate in the parade each year.
  • The giant helium-filled balloons for which the parade is known can be as big as 30' x 70' in size.

My Recommendation

Since I grew up in New Jersey and can still remember the excitement of going to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade when I was a little girl, I was particularly interested in looking at and reading Macy's on Parade!. However, I don't think you have to have been to the parade or watched it on TV to enjoy this colorful book. While the paper engineering is not as sophisticated as that in some pop-up books, it is, happily, entirely free of any problems involving pop-up scenes that get stuck. As I mentioned, I think this book would be an excellent gift for a family of parade fans.

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