What’s My Age Again? The Highlights and Buzzkills of the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Amidst final papers, quarter-life crises and other various #BrownUProblems, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade provides a respite from an ever-changing, fast-paced and stressful world and is also quite the nostalgia trip. Fortunately for those looking to regress over the holiday, this year’s parade didn’t disappoint—remember Gordon and Bob from Sesame Street? Buzz Lightyear? Tommy Pickles? Sonic the Hedgehog? These Thanksgiving Day Parade regulars made us feel like it was 1996 again. All we’re missing is Danny DeVito that weird monster that held its eyeballs in its hands from Aaahh!! Real Monsters. Oh yeah, and the fairest biddie of them all, Patty Mayonnaise.

Unfortunately, Macy’s introduced new balloons/performers that reminded us that we’re old and that the ’90s are long gone — and sometimes taken for granted. For example, I think we can all agree that the Diary of Wimpy Kid Balloon is just a paler, uglier version of  Doug. Also, the recent addition of a Kung Fu Panda balloon makes us contemplate and realize that if Kung Fu Panda/Jack Black is the best character/talent of the past five years, we have a serious issue.   Continue Reading