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The Man Behind The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Vice president of Macy's Parade Studio John Piper directs operations as float handlers inflate and secure a Sonic the Hedgehog float during 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Inflation Eve on November 23, 2011 in New York City.  (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Vice president of Macy's Parade Studio John Piper directs operations as float handlers inflate and secure a Sonic the Hedgehog float during 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Inflation Eve on November 23, 2011 in New York City. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a tradition since 1924. Preparation takes all year, and involves a team of designers, painters, sculptors, carpenters, metal workers and others to create the parade’s balloons, floats and other elements.

John Piper, vice president of the Macy’s Parade Studio, talks with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti about getting the parade off the ground.

Guest

  • John Piper, vice president of the Macy’s Parade Studio.

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