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Did You Know?? 2008 Parade Fun Facts

Photo courtesy of: Lovio|George|Inc. / The Parade Company

A sketch of the new float, Putting America on Wheels, sponsored by UAW-GM.

 

Has Anyone Seen Christmas?

  • St. Patrick's Day’s pot of gold large enough to hold one million pennies - that's $10,000!
  • The 5 foot tall ice cream cone is enough to make 640 ice cream cones
  • The turkey representing Thanksgiving is enough to feed all the players in the National Football League
  • If the heart were made of real chocolate, it would be equal to 500 full-size Hershey Bars
  • It took one gallon of paint to dye each Easter egg
  • Santa's Castle features a list of good little children that is as long as a giraffe's neck.

Thanksgiving Facts

  • The editorial staff at MSN.com ranked America’s Thanksgiving Parade® as the number one thing everyone must see in Detroit during their lifetimes.
  • It would take a float more than one month to drive nonstop from Detroit to Los Angeles at its average Parade speed of 3 miles per hour, not accounting for traffic lights, stop signs and road construction!
  • After Mardi Gras parades, America’s Thanksgiving Parade® is the 2nd largest distributor of beads along a parade route.
  • Only 7 other nations in the world have official Thanksgiving Day holidays – Switzerland, Argentina, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Korea and Liberia. Other

Parade Floats & Balloons

  • New float: Building a Life, sponsored by National City Bank
  • New float: Putting America on Wheels, sponsored by UAW-GM
  • Let Freedom Ring can be disassembled into 32 pieces and transported in a semi-truck allowing this patriotic masterpiece to be shared with communities across the country.
  • Each of the 37 pairs of high fashion shoes on Twelve Dancing Princesses was handcrafted by Parade artists in size 59 “Superwide.”
  • The wall on Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory on the new Energy Innovators float, includes more than 800 jumbo “bricks”.

Source: Lovio|George|Inc. / The Parade Company

 

Photo courtesy of: Lovio|George|Inc. / The Parade Company

A sketch of the new float, Building a Life, sponsored by National City.

 

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