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.
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.
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.
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.
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.