The History and Culture of Parades

GUESTS: TOM COSTON *Director of the Lightbringer Project (Non-Profit Arts Organization) *Owner & Producer of the annual Doo-Dah Parade in Pasadena, California JACK SANTINO *Professor of Folklore and Popular Culture at Bowling Green *Author, All Around the Year: Holidays and Celebrations in American Life (University of Illinois, 1996) STEVE and MAY ATLAS *Father and daughter who've attended every Macy's Day Parade for the past 16 years DAVE FANFARA *Spokesperson, Sunnyside Country Christmas Lighted-Farm Implement Parade (a festival that celebrates the "spirit of country christmas in a rural environment") GREGG BROWN *Chairman of the National Association of Homebuilders (for the last 3 years has entered an award-winning float in the Tournament of Roses parade) Chances are you'll be at a parade or two over the next six weeks. And if it's too cold where you are, you can always turn on the TV and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade or the Tournament of Roses procession from the warmth of your living room. Many of cities and towns will hold their own holiday parades with their own traditions. But you can bet there'll be lots of bands, floats, street vendors and spectators. Join Melinda Penkava and guests on Thanksgiving Day as we strike up the band and explore parades.

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