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What do you think of Black Friday? It seems many Americans might be tiring of the post-Turkey-Day scramble for electronics and other items. A survey from Deloitte finds that 53-percent of consumers plan to shop online or head to the store for Black Friday deals, and while that percentage is high it is down from 60-percent who said the same last year. Belinda McConnell, with Deloitte says, "There is less urgency around getting the Black Friday deal on Black Friday. The novelty of 'Black Thursday' has worn off a little, and we're hearing more consumers say they'll avoid the crowds in the stores on Black Friday." Consumers seem to be planning to spread out there holiday shopping over the course of the season, and not do it all in one day. (Forbes)
Here are some facts about the turkey you'll be eating on Thanksgiving:
The 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off at 9 a.m. on Thursday (November 28th), featuring the iconic giant helium character balloons -- weather permitting -- floats, marching bands, dancers, clowns, celebrities, Broadway show performances, the Radio City Rockettes, and much more before ending with the traditional arrival of Santa Claus to usher in the holiday season. The nationally-televised parade will wind its way on a route through the streets of Manhattan before ending at Macy's flagship store on 34th Street.
There is a question about whether the parade's signature giant balloons will be able to fly this year because of weather conditions. City rules say that if there are sustained winds over 23 miles per hour and gusts over 34 mph, the balloons can't be used. The current forecast is close, calling for sustained winds of 20 mph and gusts of 36 mph. Macy's says the determination will be made on Thanksgiving morning based on real-time weather conditions. The balloons were grounded only once in the parade's history, in 1971, because of bad weather.
BALLOONS: If the giant helium balloons do get off the ground, there will be 15 of them this year, including four new additions:
There will also be a special giant hot air balloon celebrating the 75th anniversary of the The Wizard of Oz, featuring images of the characters from the classic film and carrying the wizard himself. Accompanying it will be Dorothy and balloonhead characters of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch of the West.
To celebrate the first time in the parade's history that Thanksgiving falls on the first night of Hanukkah, there'll also be a special spinning dreidel balloonicle.
FLOATS: There are five new floats among the 30 in the line-up:
CELEBRITIES: Among the celebrities who'll be appearing are: singers Kristin Chenoweth; Gavin DeGraw; Brett Eldredge; Fall Out Boy; The Roots, joined by Jimmy Fallon; Florida Georgia Line; Goo Goo Dolls; Ariana Grande; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings;Austin Mahone; Kellie Pickler; and Mannheim Steamroller; The Robertson family from Duck Dynasty; TV personalities Sandra Lee and Richard Simmons; Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri; NFL legendsJoe Namath, Bart Oates, Amani Toomer and Hines Ward, and NHL legends Cam Neely and Mike Richter.
PEFORMANCES: The first hour of the broadcast will include performances from the Broadway musicals Matilda and Motown, and a special appearance by Carrie Underwood and other cast members from NBC's upcoming, The Sound of Music Live!
Black Friday is this week and here at Q102, it's BLAKE Friday! We're gonna let Blake Shelton take over Q102 for a few hours. There's sure to be lots of laughs and he's going to share some of his favorite Christmas songs and a few from his Christmas CD. BLAKE Friday begins at 10am this Friday!
Miranda Lambert is setting the record straight about her recent weight loss. She flatly denies tabloid stories that she obtained her sleeker, smaller physique through surgery.
Miranda penned a letter to fans on her website yesterday (Monday, November 25th) writing, "Though I NEVER care what the tabloids have to say about me, I wanted to address this certain story they are running this week and set the record straight. I DID NOT have surgery to lose weight. That is ridiculous. I lost my weight the healthy and good old fashioned way. Watching what I eat and working out with my trainer Bill Crutchfield. As for the assumed number of pounds lost…? I don't even know! Like I have always said, it's not about a scale, it's about how you feel and how your jeans fit. And on November 10th when I turned 30, my skinny jeans were finally baggy! Mission accomplished! So for anyone who is tempted to read the 'Trash Talk' please don't. I am proud to be a normal size girl and I want to encourage everyone to be confident at any size. Thanks for the support yall! Cheers, Miranda."
Miranda's weight loss was the talk of the CMA Awards earlier this month when she showed off her new body on the red carpet. Backstage at the show, she told reporters she decided to get serious about her health in time for her 30th birthday.
Miranda has something else to celebrate -- her duet with Keith Urban, "We Were Us," sits at Number One on the country singles chart this week.
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