Sandra Conner’s Thursday’s windows has come around once again.
On this Thanksgiving Day, I decided to post a shop window in Venice for the theme.
You might be wondering what Pinocchio has to do with Thanksgiving. Well, really not a lot, except that he was first seen floating through Times Square with his 44 ft nose, in the 1937 Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
Photo from The New York Times Photo Archives.
This parade has been held almost every year since 1924, when Macy’s Department Store held its first Thanksgiving Day parade. It has been cancelled only twice, during World War II, when rubber and helium were needed for the war effort. This year will be the 86th annual parade, and once again, Pinocchio will be there amongst the sixteen giant balloons which will be marched down the parade route. They’ve certainly scaled down his nose this year, and he no longer looks as though he’s been stung by a whole hive of angry bees. 🙂
Photo from Google Images.
My son and grandchildren are there in the thick of it, and he informs me that later today, they are expecting fifty people for Thanksgiving dinner, and twenty of them are small children. 😯
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Love the Venice shop photo the most!!
Thanks so much, Cindy. 🙂
This brings back memories. When we were kids we would get up early to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
My son got up early to take his kids into the city. “)
Just two days ago I was admiring pinocchio dolls in Rome :D. Thank you for the story, AD 🙂
You’re welcome, Paula. Oh to be in Rome again. 🙂
Something very special about the Pinnochio story – wouldn’t like cooking for fifty people but would love having twenty kids over
Yes, I agree with you about Pinocchio. Fond memories of reading that book. My son tells me that they actually had 60 people turn up, some who he didn’t know from Adam. 🙂 It all went off very well though. Crazy for a sit down dinner. Lots of tables involved. 😀
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It would have been interesting to be there! When I was a child I thought the Pinocchio story was a bit scary…
Yes, the story was scary in some parts, especially where Pinocchio died, but thankfully, there was a happy ending. 🙂
Oh thats a fantastic tie -in with Windows Thanksgiving et al ! Hope it all went well with the HUGE crowd for your family 🙂
I think Pinnochio has lost something with his make over .. not just his nose lol he looks less cheeky !
Thanks so much, Poppy. Spoke to my son this morning, They actually had 60 people turn up for the dinner, some of whom he didn’t know at all. 😀 It went off very well, but there was no turkey left over.
I agree with you about Pinocchio. His ‘nose job’ is a bit too cute. 🙂
I like the scaled down version. The eyes are the windows of the soul, and that kid had soul – and heart. 🙂
Yes, the eyes are wonderful, but the plastic surgeon did bit too drastic a change to his nose. 🙂
I just so love that story
Excpet for the sneaky cat
That is funny… I haven’t seen him in a parade in ages. 😉
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Thanks, Elizabeth. Thanks for the weekend wishes. I hope yours is a splendid one. 🙂
The parade sounds interesting. 50 guests for thanks giving, wow! I hope they have caterers?
My son told me today, that they had 60 people actually turn up for Thanksgiving dinner. Some of the invited ones had brought along their friends too. A bit of a cheek, I think, but it went very well. No, they didn’t have caterers. Did it all themselves. 🙂
yes a basic knowledge in Italy: Pinocchio – I have two semi-Italian grandsons …
I read Pinocchio when I was a small child, and loved it. Can you believe that it was written almost 130 years ago?
What a great picture of that Pinocchio float back in the day. It’s hilarious. The nose. Ha must have taken a lot of volunteers pulling that float down the streets of New York, but it doesn’t look like too many. The new Pinocchio looks much improved, what face lift 🙂 Hope you had a good Thanksgiving, although don’t know if you celebrated out there in South Africa, if you didn’t well … I hope you had a great dinner. 🙂
I’m living in Florida until April, and we did celebrate with a wonderful dinner at the golf club. Far too much food though. 🙂
Such a little know fact. Your post is beautiful, fun, interesting, and yes, I love it!!! 🙂
Thanks so much, Marsha. 😀
🙂 plus I didn’t know you are English.
Yes,, born in England, now living half in South Africa and half in America. 🙂
Love the Venice shop window. And I would have never thought of Pinocchio and Thanksgiving being tied together. I guess the new Pinocchio has become more honest in his old age! Happy Thanksgiving, Sylvia!
Thanks, Cathy. Yes I saw my photo, and wondered if there could be a link to Thanksgiving, and sure enough, there was. 😆
Inspired, once again! 🙂
Awesome post my friend ,I love it 🙂
Thanks, Jake. 🙂
Wow…. what a great imaginative take on the theme (as usual) Sylvia! I loved the first picture! The thought of 50 people for dinner is giving me fits. I think I need to go lie down…. 😉
Thanks, Gunta. I think I have a mind that sometimes goes off at a tangent. I also couldn’t begin to imagine what 50 people for dinner must be like. I’m glad we didn’t go up there to add to the number. I’m sure they all had great time though. 🙂
He’s probably turned a new leaf AD 🙂 Superb shots! Happy thanksgiving 🙂
Thanks, Madhu. I hope Pinocchio doesn’t tell lies any more. 🙂
Wonderful photos! I don’t know if I could handle 50 people for dinner (and that many children at once) – your son is a very brave man! 🙂
Have a lovely Thanksgiving!
Me neither, Dianne. My son and his wife just adore having people around. The more the merrier, and they always make a plan. 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving AD 😀
Thanks so much. You too. 🙂
Fab photos, both yours and the old one!
Thanks, Gilly. 🙂
That’s one bigggggg nose… love the hype around the day, sounds such fun… and a big party at your son’s….
It certainly is. 🙂 Yes, Thanksgiving is the BIG one in America, and they really go all out.
Always loved him. Nice pics 🙂
Thanks, Cin. He’s been such a well-loved character for more than a century. Amazing!
Wonderful photos. 🙂
Thanks, LuAnn. 🙂
Those puppets in Venice are amazing. Definitely going to have to visit there sometime.
Thanks, Susan, Yes, you definitely must see it for yourself.
I remember the Macy Parade from my years in New York. With small children we did not miss it.
Yes, it’s well worth the effort to go there. The children love it. 🙂
An interesting post Sylvia. 🙂
Thanks, Adrian. 🙂
That photo from the NY Macy’s parade is the BOMB!
Gosh!!! 50 people!!! He took the saying – Go big or go home seriously!! In both instances 😉
And that first Pinocchio – now that is a nose!!!
I think the Thanksgiving guest list just “growed” like Topsy in that old novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” 🙂
‘spose it’s no longer PC to draw attention to long noses.
Yes, isn’t that a lucky thing for some. 🙂
I’m currently watching Macy’s parade hs it is magical. Fun post!
Me too. It’s amazing, isn’t it. Wish I was there, although we probably get a better view on the TV screen. 😉
50 people for dinner! Must be a huge turkey 😉
They’re doing two huge turkeys. One in the oven and one on the barbeque. 🙂 I wouldn’t want to have to clean up after that party. 🙂
Sjoe, that old Pinocchio must have told lots of lies! Looks like it’s a lot of fun 🙂
You could be right, TA. 🙂 I’ve been watching the parade on TV. It’s spectacular.