I immediately call in and register for the first meeting. This isn't any meeting, it's the meeting that allows me to be one of the Emmy Nominated Makeup Artists for the Clown Makeup in the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
The meeting is held at Macy's on 34th Street in Manhattan, right where it all began!
Floats from the first years of the parade...
A float from recent years....
And what would a parade be without clowns? There around approx 1000 clowns in the Macy's parade, and I get to be one of the makeup artists working on those clowns, starting at 5am Thanksgiving Morning! So as you are just getting up to prepare your turkey's to go in the oven, I am up and already in NYC for no later than 445am to make sure each clown is accounted for and ready by 815am - that's when the last bus for the clowns leaves the New Yorker hotel (where we get them ready) to get to the beginning of the parade route.
Even though the parade may seem as if it is just a bunch of people waving and walking a route, it is sooooo much more than that. As soon as the holiday season is over, Macy's parade committee starts to think about the following years parade.
And in recent years, the Thanksgiving Day Parade was nominated for an Emmy for the makeup artistry of the clowns! Love that I was, and still am, part of that group!
Hope that you all watch this year - if it's just for the background noise - it really is a great show to see! Starts at 9am Thanksgiving Morning!