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EventCrazy Staff Picks of the Week 11/23/2014

By: Maria King
Date: November 23, 2014
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From now through New Year’s Eve, we will be featuring holiday events. You know what they say, ‘tis the season!

Events are the life blood of a society. They are occasions that gather people together united in a common theme, cause or celebration. Events bring people together to pay tribute to their heroes, to raise awareness of a cause or to witness history in the making. Events can be as simple as a child's kindergarten graduation or as dramatic as the Super Bowl. It doesn't matter what your preference is or even if it is constantly evolving. What does matter is that you are "experiencing" something that will give you great satisfaction and a lifetime of memories.

This list represents the EventCrazy staff choices of the events for the week. If you live nearby, any of these would be an excellent way to spend your weekend. If it is not geographically possible, you are encouraged to search the site for the personal experience that is just right for you. We hope that you find EventCrazy to be an excellent tool as you search for ways to create your own lifelong memories each and every week.

Nov 28, 2014
Since 1888, the nations oldest Santa Claus parade featuring 88 units of costumed characters, novelty walking units, horse units and decorated floats will surely get you in the holiday spirit and certainly delight the children along the route.
50,000 Attendees
Nov 27, 2014
Since 1934, State Street comes to life on Thanksgiving morning when the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade® marches into downtown Chicago. Start your holiday tradition by watching all the action live on the street and be blown away by performances from some of Chicago’s favorite theater troupes, bands, horses, and giant balloons. Maybe catch a glimpse of one of your favorite celebrities including Ronald McDonald®, Santa and more! The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade brings the holidays to your family for free.
420,000 Attendees
Nov 27, 2014
Since 1924. The parade is a national tradition. Floats, bands, stage shows, bands and giant balloons. If you live in the region, and have never been to the parade, come for the time of your life. The parade ends in front of Macy's Department Store.
2,000,000 Attendees
Nov 27, 2014
The oldest parade of its kind celebrates the beginning of the holiday season with elaborate floats, toe-tapping music and the arrival of santa claus. The parade features the largest number of helium balloons in the country and Marching bands are encouraged to partcipate in the parade.
500,000 Attendees
Nov 28, 2014
Straight from the North Pole, Santa Claus will be spreading joy and good cheer as he winds his way through the streets of Downtown Portland on his brand new sleigh. Accompanied by inflatable floats, costumed characters and local community groups, Santa will lead the parade to the downtown Macy's where he will open Santaland at 11am for the holiday season. The Macy's Holiday Parade, one of Oregon's most treasured family traditions, will begin promptly on the corner of NW Park and Davis. The parade will travel east on Davis to Broadway, south on Broadway to SW Alder, east on SW Alder (past Macy's) to SW 4th, north on SW 4th to NW Flanders, west on SW Flanders to NW Park Avenue.
65,000 Attendees
Nov 28, 2014
Since 1981, with trees and bridges illuminated by over 125,000 lights. The spectacular one-hour parade along San Antonio's River Walk has featured illuminated floats with celebrities, bands and lavishly-costumed participants. Over 150,000 people will gather along the River Walk to watch the spectacle live along the parade route. Millions more will join in the fun watching the television broadcast. Reserved seating is available along the parade route.
150,000 Attendees
Nov 28, 2014
Since 1991. Watch Macy’s-style balloons, marching bands, musical groups, dancers, antique cars, community groups, costume characters and more welcoming the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. Special thanks to balloon sponsors Reston Community Center and Reston Town Center Association. many other activities such as Horse Drawn Carriage rides, 6:30pm-10pm, Tree lighting and Sing along at 6pm, Frosty Follies at 5pm, Mini-Train rides 12:30pm-4:30pm, Photos with Santa 12:30pm-4:30pm, Gingerbread Man Mile at 8 am and Ice skating from 8am-11pm.
60,000 Attendees
Nov 27, 2014
Since 1950, a holiday tradition and perennial favorite that includes floats, balloons, marching units and more. Topped off by the always highly anticipated arrival of Santa. Thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of spectators.
250,000 Attendees
Nov 30, 2014
Since 1933, One of the oldest and most exciting Christmas Parades in the world. Christmas celebration features celebrities, floats, equestrian riders, classic cars and Marching bands.
1,000,000 Attendees
Nov 27, 2014
Since 1947, this is one of North Carolina's oldest traditions featuring great entertainment from regional high school bands, clowns, floats, novelty units and much more.
150,000 Attendees
Nov 27, 2014
Since 1937. 100 units including floats, giant helium balloons, equestrian units, clowns, marching bands, drum and bugle corps units from Mexico, royalty, dignitaries, celebrity Grand Marshal, and a wide variety of specialty units from Mexican / Indian dancers to military ceremonial units. The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935. The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day. The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area and brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.
250,000 Attendees
Nov 28, 2014
Since 1991. Springfield kicks-off the holiday season with the Tower Square Parade of the Big Balloons. Springfield's own 75- foot Cat in the Hat returns with a few of his inflatable friends, as well as musical, marching and motorized contingents.
70,000 Attendees
Nov 29, 2014
Thanksgiving weekend wouldn't be complete without the Jacksonville Light Parade. Each year people line the banks of the St. Johns River to celebrate the holiday season. Seafarers and landlubbers of all ages are sure to be dazzled by the area's largest lighted boat parade.
200,000 Attendees
Maria can be reached directly at eventsblog@eventcrazy.com
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