My daughter & I had a fabulous time Sunday watching the Stamford UBS 2015 Parade.  Seeing the balloons up close brought back fund memories of my time with the Northern Lebanon High School band when we marched in the 1985 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Has it really been 30 years?!?!

Stamford UBS 2015 Parade – A Stamford Tradition

The 22nd annual event will feature 14 “colossal helium balloons,” among them Big Bird, Elmo, Paddington Bear, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Scooby-Doo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar — some reaching 60-feet high. Providing “care and guidance” for these creatures will be 1,000 or more volunteers walking with their charges along the parade route.

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It’s one of the largest balloon parades in the country, and tens of thousands of residents from across Fairfield County flock to Stamford to watch volunteers pull 14 giant helium balloons down city streets. Each year, as many as 200,000 spectators come to Stamford, according to festival organizers.

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Kung Fu Panda

Our biggest surprise was when  Kung Fu Panda turned the corner!

This year, a balloon of Kung Fu Panda made its debut, kicking off a new tradition in the event. This was the 22nd year the parade stepped off, with the giant balloons winding through the city’s downtown.

Source: http://stamford.dailyvoice.com

Stamford Balloons Soar To New Heights, Kick Off Holiday Season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Via: http://stamford.dailyvoice.com

 

 Twitter Reacts

Below are some of the site & sounds via Twitter:

Muppets Rule

How can you not love Animal… or any of the other Muppets for that matter? 🙂

 

stamford ubs 2015 parade Animal

Family Fun

My daughter expresses her joy as the parade comes to a close.

Stamford UBS 2015 Parade

Needless to say Abbi & I can’t wait until next year!