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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
It seems that the state of South Dakota has a beef with Joan Jett. Or a lack of beef, more accurately. Jett, who spent her formative years in Rockville , is a vegetarian and an animal rights activist. She's so committed to animal rights that she's about to appear on some PETA-themed United States Postal Service  stamps.  And that means the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association has a problem with Jett appearing on the state's float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City , according to CNN .  "Many livestock producers expressed concern about whether Joan Jett was an appropriate representative for an agriculturally oriented state like South Dakota," association executive director Jodie Anderson told CNN. So Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were moved off of South Dakota, to another, unspecified state.  "I've decided to switch from South Dakota to another float because people's political agendas were getting in the way of what should be a purely entertainment driven event," Jett said in a statement, according to CNN .  "I will remain focused on entertaining the millions of people watching, who will be celebrating a great American tradition," she said.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
It seems that the state of South Dakota has a beef with Joan Jett. Or a lack of beef, more accurately. Jett, who spent her formative years in Rockville , is a vegetarian and an animal rights activist. She's so committed to animal rights that she's about to appear on some PETA-themed United States Postal Service  stamps.  And that means the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association has a problem with Jett appearing on the state's float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City , according to CNN .  "Many livestock producers expressed concern about whether Joan Jett was an appropriate representative for an agriculturally oriented state like South Dakota," association executive director Jodie Anderson told CNN. So Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were moved off of South Dakota, to another, unspecified state.  "I've decided to switch from South Dakota to another float because people's political agendas were getting in the way of what should be a purely entertainment driven event," Jett said in a statement, according to CNN .  "I will remain focused on entertaining the millions of people watching, who will be celebrating a great American tradition," she said.
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By Martin C. Evans | November 18, 1990
Even the children noticed there was something strange about the way Santa Claus arrived in Baltimore yesterday.Rather than appearing in a dainty sled that flew high over the rooftops, the man in red rode into town in a big oak wagon with spoked wheels. And instead of eight reindeer leading the way with graceful dancing and prancing, a pair of huge English shire horses named Travs and J. J. had the honors.For the thousands of children who lined downtown streets yesterday for the Thanksgiving Day parade, however, it didn't seem to matter how Santa arrived, just that he had come.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2010
One of the highlights of this holiday week each year is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. This year is no different. The 84th annual parade kicks off on Thursday at 77th Street and Central Park. Weather forecasts are a bit shaky — some call for rain — but unless it's really windy, the parade will march on. This year's performers include Kanye West, Jessica Simpson, Jimmy Fallon and Michael Grimm. There are seven new floats, with themes ranging from Dora the Explorer to Mount Rushmore, and two new balloons.
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November 18, 2004
Last week's question What do you think about Eminem? He's clever 31 percent He's a genius 9.5 percent He's misunderstood 0 percent He's a poser 11.9 percent He has potential 2.4 percent He has no talent 7.1 percent He should stay out of politics 7.1 percent I don't think about him 31 percent 42 total votes This week's question: What is your favorite thing about Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? The balloons / floats The marching bands The musical numbers from Broadway shows The Rockettes Santa's arrival I hate all of it I've never seen it Vote at www.baltimoresun.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 22, 2003
NEW YORK - This may not be the biggest bit of fallout from Michael Jackson's arrest on child molesting charges, but when one high school band struts in front of the cameras during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade next week, the trombonists, sousaphonists and mellophonists will not play the piece they rehearsed for months. That would be Jackson's 1983 hit "Thriller." Instead, in a late scramble to keep everyone happy in Herald Square on Thursday, the marching band from Bloomington High School North in Bloomington, Ind., will strike up "R.O.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff writer | November 28, 1991
A 6-year-old Riviera Beach boy has a chance today to ride the biggest float in the nation's largest Thanksgiving Day parade.Freddie Sutherland was one of 88 children chosen to be in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City at 9 a.m. today.A first-grader at Calvary Baptist Church Academy in Glen Burnie, Freddie won his position on the Showboat Float by competing in Macy's"Be a Star" contest.Although Freddie's mom said she's nervous about the parade, he said he isn't, and "can't wait" to be on national television.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | November 22, 2009
Macy's 83rd annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Where: : 77th Street and Central Park West, New York When: : Thursday, beginning at 9 a.m., but many spectators arrive earlier. What: : The 83rd annual parade has a bit of a twist and turn this year: a new route that directs it away from Broadway for the first time in 82 years. (However, it's not the first change to the route.) The parade begins at 77th Street and Central Park West and will turn onto Central Park South, instead of going down Broadway.
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By ANDREA GROSSMAN | November 18, 2007
Travel to New York City to be a part of one of the most celebrated holiday events, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. More than 2 million people are expected to brave the cold in New York on Thursday to catch a glimpse of their favorite inflatable balloon as it soars over the 2 1/2 -mile route. The parade, which kicks off at 9 a.m., also features floats with celebrities and musical acts. This year's marching band lineup will include Baltimore's Marching Ravens, marking the first time an NFL band has been invited to perform.
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By Gwynn L. MacDonald and Gwynn L. MacDonald,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 22, 2001
This is George. He lived in Africa. He was a good little monkey and always very curious. More than 60 years ago, H.A. and Margret Rey introduced Curious George to the world, and today, the mischievous monkey will be floating down Broadway for the first time to lead the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It's an awesome responsibility for a character known more for his adventures than for his ability to follow directions. But Houghton Mifflin, who recently celebrated George's 60th birthday with a new compilation of the seven original tales written by the Reys, believes George is up to the task.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 24, 2009
Kristen Ulloa, along with the rest of the Towson University marching band, is used to playing in front of a few hundred people, maybe even a few thousand at TU football and basketball games. But when they march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Thursday, an audience approaching 50 million people will be watching. But like most of her fellow Marching Tigers, she insists she's too excited to be nervous. "This is probably the coolest thing that could happen to a band," says Ulloa, a 20-year-old junior from Finksburg who's a member of the band's color guard.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | November 22, 2009
Macy's 83rd annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Where: : 77th Street and Central Park West, New York When: : Thursday, beginning at 9 a.m., but many spectators arrive earlier. What: : The 83rd annual parade has a bit of a twist and turn this year: a new route that directs it away from Broadway for the first time in 82 years. (However, it's not the first change to the route.) The parade begins at 77th Street and Central Park West and will turn onto Central Park South, instead of going down Broadway.
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By ANDREW RATNER and ANDREW RATNER,andrew.ratner@baltsun.com | December 2, 2008
When a viral Internet prank becomes a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, it must mean it's time to come up with a new one. During the parade Thursday in Manhattan, somewhere between the giant Kermit balloon and Santa Claus' arrival, a float appeared that resembled a big cartoon house with puppet characters from a kids' show called Fosters' Home for Imaginary Friends. All of a sudden, British pop singer Rick Astley emerged lip-syncing his 1980s hit, "Never Gonna Give You Up." America had just been "rickrolled."
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June 11, 2008
Catonsville Hike with pets in Patapsco park Patapsco Valley State Park will hold a Pets in Patapsco hike and tour of the Glen Artney and Hilton areas from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 21. Participants should meet at the South Rolling Road parking area across the street from the Southwest Park and Ride in Catonsville. Pet owners will learn how to enjoy the outdoors with their pets while protecting the ecosystem. Participants are asked to take a leash, hiking shoes and bags for pet waste. Children younger than 12 should be with an adult.
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By ANDREA GROSSMAN | November 18, 2007
Travel to New York City to be a part of one of the most celebrated holiday events, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. More than 2 million people are expected to brave the cold in New York on Thursday to catch a glimpse of their favorite inflatable balloon as it soars over the 2 1/2 -mile route. The parade, which kicks off at 9 a.m., also features floats with celebrities and musical acts. This year's marching band lineup will include Baltimore's Marching Ravens, marking the first time an NFL band has been invited to perform.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2004
Last week's question What is your favorite thing about Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? 37.4 percent The balloons / floats 6.6 percent The marching bands 8.8 percent The Rockettes 12.1 percent Santa's arrival 17.6 percent The musical numbers from Broadway shows 14.3 percent I hate all of it 3.3 percent I've never seen it 91 total votes This week's question How do you like your turkey? Brined Char-grilled Deep fried Stuffed Tofu-style In a sandwich Not at all Vote at www.baltimoresun.
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