What has moving themed floats, inflatable character balloons and ends with a visit from the North Pole? Brookdale’s very own Thanksgiving Day Parade. Though it doesn’t travel down Broadway, to the parents and family members of the children enrolled in Brookdale’s Children’s Learning Center, it may be just as exciting.
Due to the weather, this year’s parade, the second annual, took place inside the Children’s Learning Center on November 27 and featured the children of Brookdale employees and community members enrolled in the center. Each of the six floats was crafted by a class at the center, from the three-month-old class to the five-year-old class. The children selected the theme based upon their favorite storybooks. The teachers used anything from moveable scooters to baby buggies to create the floats. Represented were the books Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, as well as The Clifford and Brown Bear series.
The parade even had its own star on the hallway. The helium balloons, though not requiring teams of uniformed attendants to control them, represented popular children’s characters. Alice Armstrong, center director, served as emcee, providing narration for the spectators. The parade lasted roughly a half hour, ending when Mrs. Claus arrived by sleigh to let the children know Santa would be coming soon.