Today I learned about how in 2008 during the macy's thankgiving day parade, during the final performance of the "foster's home for imaginary friends" float the pre-planned musical number, the music was cut, only for Rick Asltey to come out and perform "Never Gonna Give You Up" live telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Because of their massive balloons during Thanksgiving parades, Macy's is the second biggest consumer of Helium in the world after the US Military. wbaa.org/post/helium-shor…
On Pretzel Sunday, a spring celebration in Luxembourg, the Pretzel Queen and a group of bakers parade through the city of Luxembourg and hand out pretzels for free, accompanied by a small tourist train decorated with pretzels and a marching band. justarrived.lu/en/the-bre…
Gene Autry wrote "Here Comes Santa Claus" after hearing children repeatedly scream the phrase during the Hollywood Christmas Parade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
The Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City was first held in 2016 and was inspired by the opening scene from the James Bond movie Spectre. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned of 'If Day'. In 1942 Winnipeg, Manitoba simulated a Nazi German invasion and occupation of the city. It included a staged firefight, the internment of prominent politicians, the imposition of Nazi rule, and a parade. The event was a fundraiser for the war effort: over $3 million was collected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
That, as Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, Dennis Kucinich had a hit placed on him by the mafia in 1978, for refusing to sell public utility company Municipal Light, the plan fell apart when Kucinich fell ill and missed the Columbus Day Parade, where the shooting was supposed to take place en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
There's a group of people which make hearse parades and they hold the world record for the longest hearse parade that they made in Hell, Michigan worldrecordacademy.com/tr…
, that to raise money for the war effort, the City of Winnipeg, Canada, staged a Nazi invasion and Occupation of the city. The events included, a mock battle, a book burning, arrest of politicians and civilians, a parade and more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
Tultepec, Mexico holds an annual parade of bull-shaped floats filled with fireworks. When set off, attendees are encouraged to get as close as possible. Injuries and scars received from fireworks are held as badges of honor. youtube.com/watch?v=Rifjq…
In 2001, Berlins Love Parade techno party was so loud that vets at the nearby zoo said it gave half the animals diarrhea. quiet.org/noiseletter/spr…
Today I learned about the celebration of Neewollah (Halloween spelled backwards) in Independence, Kansas. Originally started to provide alternative activities for children instead of Halloween pranks it evolved into a 10 day celebration consisting of parades, a carnival, a beauty pageant, and a musical. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nee…
Today I learned of Tyra Winters, a Highschool cheerleader who saved the life of a choking toddler during a homecoming parade. She was on a float and jumped down from it when she spotted the suffering boy in the crowd. She’d gotten CPR training in the 8th grade and used it to save his life. edition.cnn.com/2019/10/0…
Sep 22, 1939 there was a joint Soviet-Nazi parade in Brest-Litovsk. It marked the withdrawal of German troops to the demarcation line secretly agreed to in the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, and the handover of the city and its fortress to the Soviet Red Army en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
In 1886, the Germans sent a mission to Chile to help train and modernise the Chilean army. As a result of the Germans overhaul of their army, the ceremonial uniforms, weapons and marching songs are all German or German based, and military parades look like a step into Germany 150 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
One time Queen Victoria was opening a new building when a Chinese man jumped out of the crowd and bowed. They assumed he was some dignitary, so they put him in the parade and walked round the building, but he was just a ship captain who was trying it on youtube.com/watch?v=lunN7…
Composer Erik Satie's ballet "Parade" came close to starting a riot, got Jean Cocteau beaten by the police, and landed Satie in jail for 8 days for calling a critic "an arse." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned of Holy Week in Malaga, Spain, an event that takes place during the last week of Lent. During the event a massive parade is held where between 120 and 270 people will carry a 3000 pound throne depicting the Virgin Mary or crucifixion of Christ. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Today I learned that John Adams wanted to celebrate Independence day on July Second with, "Pomp and Parade with shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations" constitutioncenter.org/bl…
Today I learned about British general J.F.C. Fuller, whose theories influenced the Nazi's adoption of the blitzkrieg. In 1939, Hitler staged a parade of his mechanized army and asked Fuller "What do you think of your children?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
The small suburb of Anoka, Minnesota considers itself the Halloween Capital of the World. It has hosted a safe, family friendly Halloween parade almost every year since 1920, which started as a way to curb pranking and vandalism as was common on Halloween in those days. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Notre Dame students once stormed a KKK parade in Indiana, ripping robes and hoods off the Klansmen and driving them out of the area, ruining the rally. nd.edu/features/a-clash-o…
Philadelphia Threw a WWI Parade That Gave Thousands of Onlookers the Flu smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The British monarch celebrates two birthdays, one on their actual birthday and then officially in the summer when the weather is nice enough for a parade. bbc.co.uk/newsround/36489…
Queen Elizabeth has two birthdays: her actual date of birth and her "official" birthday. On her official birthday she is joined by members of the royal family for the Trooping the Colour parade. Btw, Happy actual 94th Birthday to the Queen today! royal.uk/queens-birthday
Moscow did not cancel May Parade in Kiev just 4 days after Chernobyl meltdown. Empty reviewing stands prove that even the local party leaders knew the danger, but let the unsuspecting ordinary people absorb the radiation time.com/4313139/post-che…
Actor George C. Scott declined his best actor nomination for "Patton" in 1970, and had the decency to let the Academy know that he would refuse the award if he won. He won anyway, and reportedly called the Oscars a "two-hour meat parade." businessinsider.com/stars…
The British king or queen has two birthdays: their real birth date and one assigned to them during the summer, to ensure better weather for the parade bbc.co.uk/newsround/36489…
Mexico City's government was so impressed by the Day of the Dead parade in the film Spectre (2015) that they recreated the event for locals and tourists in 2016; 250k people attended the event and it has been annually ongoing ever since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
The 1918 flu was introduced to Philadelphia from nearby Army camps during a parade to promote war bonds. Within weeks of the parade, the flu killed over 12,000 city residents smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Cato the Younger invented the filibuster to stop a young Caesar celebrating his triumphal parade. Caesar slept with Cato's sister, defeated his side in battle, and celebrated four triumphs. Cato killed himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
"Bulls on Parade" by Rage Against the Machine made its international debut on Saturday Night Live. The band was going to play two songs, but as they hung inverted American flags from their amplifiers, they were expelled from the building after finishing the first song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
Leonard Nimoy only appeared once in public as Spock as the grand marshal of the Pear Blossom Parade in Medford, Oregon in 1967 handitv.com/allstartrek/s…
Red Army parades are still held by Russia almost 30 years after the fall of the USSR youtu.be/ORa9a2AfATY
A mock-Nazi invasion was staged in Winnipeg in 1942 in order to encourage Manitobians to invest in victory bonds. The "invasion" included the internment of prominent politicians, the imposition of Nazi rule, and a parade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
"Monty Python’s Flying Circus" considered other names before settling on the one they did, among them "Arthur Megapode’s Cheap Show", "Owl Stretching Time", "Vaseline Parade" and "A Clump of Plinths" spectator.co.uk/article/a…
When Macy’s added giant balloons to the Thanksgiving parade in 1927, they were released at the end of the parade. Anyone who recovered and returned one got $100. time.com/3594677/balloons…
The Finnish Air Force had used the swastika as an insignia since 1918, before the Nazi's existed, they were forced to change it in 1944 but still use it today in parades. businessinsider.com/swast…
In the 1997 Macy's Day Parade, strong wind gusts caused the six-story-tall Cat in the Hat balloon to hit a light pole. It broke and struck Kathleen Caronna. She suffered traumatic brain injury, leaving her in a coma for 24 days. The multimillion dollar lawsuit was settled out of court. nytimes.com/2001/03/07/ny…
A Taiwanese school principal resigned after his students held a mock Nazi rally with a cardboard tank as part of their Christmas parade. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia…
A parade was held in the Cleveland Browns' honor in 2017 for a "perfect season", where the Browns lost every single game tampabay.com/sports/The-f…
The Paris Fire Department is part of the French Military, and thus all of the firefighters are members of its Engineering Arm. During the Bastille Day Parade, members are armed with Famas rifles to signify this military connection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Mexico City started making a parade on 'DΓ­a de muertos' (Day of the dead) inspired by the scenes shown on James Bond movie Spectre where the agent is chasing down a villain during the holiday. Prior to the movie, this event did not exist bbc.com/mundo/noticias-37…
The Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA was started in 1890 as a way to convince East Coast residents to move to California by "showcasing California's mild weather" by proving the "flowers are still blooming and oranges are about to bear." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
In 1990 the grand marshal of the LA Gay Pride Parade was an 82 year old retired straight female professor. Her research in the 50s led to homosexuality no longer being considered a mental illness in the United States. articles.latimes.com/1990…
Today I learned about the Special Powers Act that was passed in 1922 to "keep peace and order in Northern Ireland". It enabled police to search without a warrant, arrest and imprison people without charge or trial and ban any assemblies, parades, or publications. It wasn't repealed until 1973. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civ…
The parade scene in Ferris Bueller Day off was shot during the actual parade and Nobody knew what it was including all the people on the reviewing stand, including the governor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
On September 24, 1978, Boba Fett made his first public debut. He marched in the San Anselmo Country Fair parade. starwars.com/news/the-rea…

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