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Toys R Us, Wonder Bread to debut floats at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Let’s have a parade!

When the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marches through New York City on Nov. 24, the 96th iteration of this mega celebration will include three new — and very recognizable — floats.

Hot on the heels of its reincarnation, Toys R Us will debut Geoffrey’s Dazzling Dance Party. America’s favorite giraffe will DJ a dance party to Herald Square.

A gigantic balloon art-looking Geoffrey will march alongside the float. Fun fact, Macy’s says, the inflatable costume will include two people inside!

This next float might be the best float since, well, sliced bread.

Wonder Bread will debut The Wondership, described as a “whimsical, one-of-a-kind airship float, which appears to be traveling high above fluffy clouds that mimic the brand’s iconic bread.”

As Wonder Bread celebrates 101 years, it has also teamed up with Feeding America to donate 10,000 loaves of its classic white bread to City Harvest, New York’s first and largest food rescue organization, this holiday season.

And, last but certainly not least, is Baby Shark!

That’s right, parents, Baby Shark will debut a float in the Macy’s Parade this year. Joining Baby Shark (doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo) will be Mommy Shark (doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo) and Daddy Shark (doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo) and Grandma Shark (doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo) and Grandpa Shark (doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo).

And, be sure to look out for the Baby Shark balloon flying above behind the float!

Check out these behind-the-scenes videos of the preparation it takes to get to Thanksgiving Day.

And, of course, the parade is FUN. But it’s also a great teaching tool. Check out these great resources to bring the science of the parade into your home or classroom.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide in the United States on NBC and stream on Peacock, on Thursday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones.


New Year’s traditions focus on bringing good luck

For the new year, do you eat a pretzel? Kiss someone? Eat pork and sauerkraut? Clean the house?

These are just a few of the many, many, many traditions observed to usher in a new year.

If you make any New Year’s resolutions, you’re taking part in a tradition that is said to date to the ancient Babylonians — about 4,000 years ago.

Kiss someone at midnight? The tradition is said to have many origins. One such story dates to Europe’s Renaissance masquerade balls where, according to, “Regardless of a person’s gender and class, sexual license was tolerated at masked balls so that men and women were free to indulge their sexual proclivities with persons of whatever sex and class they chose.”

And, the Washington Post says, English and German folklore suggests kissing the first person one comes in contact with “dictated the year’s destiny,” according to Joanne Wannan, author of “Kisstory: A Sweet and Sexy Look at the History of Kissing.”

And, in Scotland, revelers kissed everyone in the room. This way, apparently, nobody was left out!

By the way, what does your New Year’s kiss style say about you?

Among Irish traditions for ringing in the new year include cleaning, banging Christmas bread and the direction of the wind, according to the Irish Post. And, if you don’t have someone to kiss at midnight, place sprigs of holly, ivy or mistletoe under your pillow and you’ll dream of your future lover.

In Saratoga Springs, New York, smashing peppermint pig-shaped hard candies are said to usher in good luck.

Slow-cooked pork and sauerkraut are on the menu in many homes across Pennsylvania and Ohio on New Year’s Day. This German tradition was brought to America by the Pennsylvania Dutch.

Like many other traditions, this one is said to bring both good luck and prosperity.

The Germans brought another tradition — a New Year’s pretzel. And, you guessed it, this tradition is also said to bring good luck.

Spanish tradition calls for eating 12 grapes. You guessed it — for good luck.

Other traditions include choosing the correct color of underwear, breaking fruit, jump into water and light candles.