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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: All You Need to Know to Go

October 25, 2016
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – a beloved tradition and grand spectacle. Photo: Macys.com

Every Thanksgiving, New York City celebrates the cherished American holiday with a grand spectacle – the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The immense parade marches through the canyons of Manhattan with giant helium balloons, extravagant floats, marching bands, thousands of clowns and celebrity performances.

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Cordoba’s Fiesta de los Patios: a Celebration of Andalusia

April 28, 2016
Cordoba Patio Festival

A classic patio of Cordoba. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Every Spring the city of Cordoba throws open the doors to its gorgeous courtyards for the Fiesta de los Patios (Courtyard Festival). During the festival (which UNESCO declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage site), visitors can tour approximately 50 of Cordoba’s private courtyards (los patios), which are brimming with colorful flowers, plants and traditional decor. Adding to the festivities are concerts, flamenco performances, street parties, and lots of tasty tapas.

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The National Cherry Blossom Festival: Washington, DC’s Spring Fling

March 18, 2016
Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington DC’s Tidal Basin in bloom. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Washington, DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s grandest springtime celebration. In addition to its dazzling cherry trees, the nation’s capital gets decked out in pink and white and hosts three weeks of events and entertainment. Japanese cultural programs, parades, fireworks, concerts, exhibitions and great food are all part of the festivities.

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New York’s Easter Parade: A Spectacular Celebration of Springtime.

March 9, 2016
New York Easter Parade

Springtime mayhem – NYC’s Easter Parade. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

In a city that loves a parade, New York’s Easter Parade is one of its most festive and fun. Unlike Easter rites the world over, NYC’s Easter Parade is secular rather than sacred – a celebration of color, creativity and the rejuvenation of springtime. In fact, the Easter Parade is not even an orderly procession but a jubilant gathering in which participants, pets and performers display their Easter finery (particularly Easter bonnets). The Easter Parade is a street party that celebrates the season, spectacle and outrageous fun.

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Christmas in New York: NYC’s Spectacular Holiday Traditions

November 30, 2015
Christmas, Rockefeller Center, New York, NYC

Rockefeller Center’s Channel Gardens is dazzling for Christmas. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

New York City celebrates the holidays in a big way. From Thanksgiving to the New Year the city is decked out in dazzling decorations, its department stores are bursting with shoppers, and there is a bounty of holiday events and performances. In fact, there are so many holiday sights and celebrations, it can be difficult to keep track of the festivities.

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