Macy’s Parade New York City 1983

Love a Parade

Ferg Devins
2 min readNov 27, 2022


NOVEMBER 27, 2022

American Thanksgiving, no matter where you are in the world, will always be a morning to watch the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is a spectacular production that has withstood the test of time.

In 1983, I was fortunate enough to have marched in the parade as a member of the Queen’s University at Kingston — Queen’s Bands. Look at that dapper bass drummer in the middle of the shot. Yep, young Fergus Devins! The photo atop was our pipe band contingent. Oh my gosh, my feet were sore after marching around Manhattan with that bass drum strapped on.

Whether participating in or spectating at, a community parade is just simply one of the events of the holiday season and Christmas festivities that leaves us feeling awesome. Although not one of Neil Pasricha’s references in his “The Book of (Holiday) Awesome”, I did want to refer to the joy that a parade brings to the community. It is certainly a cultural event — lining up along the street, hand warmers engaged, hot chocolate in hand, lawn chairs in place.

Thanks to the magic of google you can find a lot of Ontario based parades and Christmas events at PARADES LINK 2022. Given the fact that many parades in communities across Canada have altered plans or gone “virtual” the past couple of years, you are likely best to google your own community and find out what your local volunteer and organizing committee has planned to welcome Santa Claus to your streets this holiday season. It sounds like most communities have “returned to normal” or “new normal”. Certainly posts from friends that I’ve seen on Facebook would indicate that this season magic is back in style.

For those parades come and gone, thanks to the organizers, for those yet to take place outdoors — put on your woollies — enjoy the magic of this Christmas standard occasion.

Happy Holidays ! Merry Christmas! Santa Claus is coming to town.



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Ferg Devins

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