Thanksgiving looked a little different to many people this year and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was no exception. Even without people lining the streets of New York City, the parade continued. In case you missed it, we’re sharing the top performance moments of the parade.
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Country Star Brett Young played his song, Here Tonight, atop the Green Giant float this year. Brett is a Neon Entertainment Alum who performed at colleges across the United State and at NACA conferences. Brett’s been nominated for the CMA Country Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and the Teen Choice Awards and becoming a staple in Country Music. We’re proud that Brett is part of our Neon Alumni and loved watching his performance this Thanksgiving.
This year, Macy’s included a Wampanoag Language Blessing to the parade festivities, honoring people of Native American tribes. In English, the blessing translated into: “Creator and Ancestors, we honor you for all things. We honor the Lenape people of Manahatta. We honor all our relations because, long ago, we were here. Now we are here and we will always be here. And so it is,” At the time of Columbus, as many as 10 million Native Americans lived in North America. This blessing was a significant contrast to previous years, as indigenous communities have been marginalized throughout history.
We recognize that celebrating diversity, including indigenous cultures and heritage, is imperative to building community on campuses and in the workplace. Neon Entertainment represents the Piscataway Nation Singers & Dancers that carry on the long-standing traditions, culture and heritage of their indigenous ancestors. The Piscataway were the first Native Americans to encounter Captain John Smith along the banks of the Potomac River in 1608. The Piscataway Nation Singers & Dancers presenting a colorful, educational and entertaining pow wow-style campus event featuring American Indian Dance, Drum & Song. The Piscataway Nation Singers & Dancers welcome the opportunity to educate and entertain audiences who want to learn more about American Indian history, culture and traditions.
Continuing their commitment to diversity, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade featured a balloon by acclaimed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. This balloon debuted last year and is a step forward in recognizing Asian American Art.
Letter Brush Art is another Asain art form. In the Ancient Orient it was thought that having one’s name painted brought Good Luck and Fortune! New to Neon, our skilled artists continue this colorful art form today. Our Artists virtually transformed words and names into their own unique image of an animal, plant, flower or branded character.