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Forum Post: Occupy Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Posted 12 years ago on Nov. 21, 2011, 5:13 p.m. EST by WarmItUp (301)
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Don't forget to bring your biggest banners to the macy's thanksgiving parade, be there early to get a front row seat and wait until santa comes by to hold up your banner as that is the most televised portion of the parade.



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[-] 3 points by MelanieNLee (7) from Queens, NY 12 years ago

Dear OWS: I'm on your side. Please don't disrupt the Thanksgiving Day Parade; you'll only turn people against you.

However, I suggest you quietly go among the crowd and distribute simple, G-rated literature explaining your cause, and perhaps relating OWS thematically with Thanksgiving. You might wear T-shirts or buttons saying Occupy Wall Street, too. However, act quietly and respectfully, as if you were nothing more than someone handing out religious tracts or flyers for health products. Maybe you might hand out candy or treats along with your fliers, too.

Once at the parade I handed out among the crowd tracts from the American Bible Society with scriptures related to giving thanks. Surely you have the right to do something similar and get in no trouble doing it!

[-] 0 points by WarmItUp (301) 12 years ago

Well we can not let this opportunity for getting our message out there pass. I don't think anyone would "disrupt" the parade but a few banners saying "I am thankful for OWS" or "Dear Santa All I want this year is a job" or "I am thankful for the native Americans whose land I live in" or whatever your funny yet poignant holiday message is I think would be fine, no child would even notice it and so what if their parents had to actually have a conversation about how there are lots of children this year who won't be living in homes because the banks forclosed on their mommy and daddy's house. I'm not thinking chanting and drums, just some banners.

[-] 3 points by redteddy (263) from New York, NY 12 years ago

This is a bad idea. If you want to piss off the general public and turn them against the movement then go for it. This is not a venue for such a protest, there are venues that deserves our complete attention, like the White House for example. OWS has to be careful not to alienate the general public. People go to the Thanksgiving Parade so their kids can have a day out looking at all the floats, let's not deny the general public a day of festivity and peace.

[-] 2 points by powertothepeople (1264) 12 years ago

Don't do this. Go to the Today show and get on camera, that's a better idea.

Going to the Macy's parade will just generate negative press.

Plus you won't get "seats" the bleacher seats are for people who have tickets.

[-] 2 points by Bambi (359) 12 years ago

Please think of the children. The parade is for them. Stand in the back and keep it quiet. They have enough confusion in their lives.

[-] 1 points by WarmItUp (301) 12 years ago

Yeah like being confused at whether or not the big spiderman balloon is just a fun cartoon character or is a clever multimillion dollar advertising campaign for Macy's to get all the children watching this advertisement to pressure parents to buy these action figures for xmas. Sorry take your kids ice skating not to the largest and longest ad campaign where Disney pays millions to advertise their latest tween sensation to your children. and every banks somehow gets their name on a float.

[-] 2 points by redteddy (263) from New York, NY 12 years ago

That's not your call to make. Children have loved Spiderman for more than a generation with or without all the advertising and its up to the parents to decide what their children should be exposed to. This is a venue for festivity, floats and children not a place to effectively branch out a protest unless of course you want to turn the general public against you.

[-] 2 points by Bambi (359) 12 years ago

Thank you,redteddy. Hope THEY listen. Can you imagine NewYorkers and out of towners getting THEIR parade interrupted with chanting, drumming and signs??? Ooooooo.....obviously most of OWS isn't from the area or they would know better L

[-] 1 points by Bambi (359) 12 years ago

When you grow up and have children you will understand what I mean. It's also up to the parents whether they let the kids fall for the advertising.

Again.........let it be a happy time for the kids.

[-] 0 points by Joyce (375) 12 years ago

Cute. This will certainly warm the hearts of the unconvinced 99% - the majority of whom, are growing weary of isolated tantrums.

[-] 1 points by theendisnear1 (1) 12 years ago

I am going to take my kids to a football game. I am going to let them run on to the field. Then I am going to blame the football player for hurting my kids. If you are in fear of your kids getting hurt? Then maybe keep them at home.

[-] 1 points by JoeTheFarmer (2654) 12 years ago

If you want to lower public opinion on the OWS movement that is a great idea.

Remember that most of the attendees are families of the 99% that have a day off and want to take their children to a fun family oriented event.

You can turn that parade, which is rare and precious "family together time" for many working folks into a protest if you like HOWEVER I assure it will damage the image of the movement.

[-] 1 points by stuartchase (861) 12 years ago

Occupying here would be more fun and warmer!


[-] 1 points by me2 (534) 12 years ago

Here's a real good rule to follow for winning people over to your side: "Dont be an asshole." Repeat as necessary.

It won't guarantee results but it will start you off on the right foot at least.

[-] 1 points by me2 (534) 12 years ago

Yeah, and OWS should kick puppies and kittens. That will get on the news and show everyone!

[-] 1 points by Pertello (80) 12 years ago

How about a banner with a picture of Bloomberg (head of Bloomberg on turkey body) surrounded by cops saying "Thanksgiving Turkey with all the trimmings brought to you by the City of New York!"

[-] 0 points by WarmItUp (301) 12 years ago

I love this! Make it and bring it, See ya there

[-] 1 points by thecommonman (63) 12 years ago

Remember, it was the Pilgrims who took their protest to the extreme by moving from the tyranny of the Crown.

Sometimes it means taking real action in life to make a difference.

If the depth of your Holiday reflection is a handful of Cranberries and another lame Detroit Lions football game, then you are to blame for the victimization that you will succumb to from today's Royalty.

Those people had the Balls to cross the Atlantic, died by the hundreds and started a new system.

If we are going to be weakened by sentimentality, we do not deserve to be heirs to there courage and vision.

We should be Thankful for those OWS patriots who have sacrificed living in the streets to bring the world to a new awareness of the bankrupt system that purposely impoverishes the entire globe.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 12 years ago


the occupiers could give thanks in their protest theme

[-] 0 points by WarmItUp (301) 12 years ago

Beautifully stated, I know that this thanksgiving I am thankful for the people of OWS who are willing to stand up for change.

[-] 0 points by Bambi (359) 12 years ago

Be thankful to my great-great-great-great-great-great Uncle Miles for even landing at the rock when he got off the Mayflower. If it weren't for him none of us would be here today.

Thanks Uncle Miles!

[-] 0 points by WarmItUp (301) 12 years ago

and not to mention being thankful for the native Americans kindness in helping us white folk survive the winter by teaching us how to live in their land (that is if the story is true)

[-] 2 points by Bambi (359) 12 years ago

Tis true but I can double check. I live 1 mile from a reservation :-)

They own a good portion of Western NY




[-] 0 points by betuadollar (-313) 12 years ago

And next they'll be canceling Christmas. Go back to Canada, ya freaks!

[-] 0 points by WatchPolitician (25) 12 years ago

why don you guys occupy congress and Obama?

[-] 1 points by Bambi (359) 12 years ago

That sure makes sense,Watch.......Probably too much sense for them

[-] 0 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 12 years ago

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