Image by Stacy Lynn Baum via FlickrBy Randy Economy
November 24, 2010
New York City, NY
I love Thanksgiving. Totally adore this mega food fest of a day. Having 11 friends over for a great feast here in my hood of Cerritos, California. Crisp temps right now in LA. Down in the high 20's tonight. Got the heater blasting, and the extra "comforter" is on the bed....
We love our Thanksgiving traditions here in So. Cal. Ahhh. Wait. I'm thinking. Is standing in line at the local Wal-Mart for 35 hours an "L.A. tradition" for Thanksgiving? Is going to Whole Foods for "take out" a new trend that will be sweeping the USA for years to follow...?
Sadly, we are lacking Thanksgiving traditions around this part of America. That is why I love being glued to television for Thanksgiving. Sorry, I am an NBC devotee. (I have had a secret love affair with Al Rooker for eons....lol).
Besides my mom's amazing turkey dressing, the other highlight of my day will be watching the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from New York City. Yep. We love the Macy's Parade here in Southern California, and this years event looks like it is going to be fantastic.
Today marks the 84th Annual Macy's Parade. It will be a crowd-pleasing spectacle that features 1,600 cheerleaders, dancers, singers and performers; 800 clowns; 15 giant character helium balloons; 35 novelty/ornament balloons, balloon heads and balloonicles; 12 marching bands; 27 floats; and a host of celebrity performers.
Look for lots of new "arrivals" to the giant balloon lineup...Diary of A Wimpy Kid — which at 60-feet long and 56-feet tall is anything but "wimpy" — and Kung Fu Panda which was created using more than half a mile of fabric.
The float lineup includes seven new additions, including the holiday quest on board Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure; the dance party on Elves Raise the Roof; the scrumptious delights on board the Home Baked Goodness float; the historical significance of Mount Rushmore's American Pride; the adorable traveling duck family of the On the Roll Again float; the icy beauty of the Snow Queen; and the legendary stage of the Top Hat! float.
Also making her debut is a balloon version of the animated Virginia O'Hanlon, the 8-year old girl who taught the world to believe when she wrote a letter to the editor that elicited the world-known response, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." I have posted this legendary poem here on my blog year in and year out.
Here is your GUIDE to the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Make sure you watch the parade on NBC!
MACY'S 2010 THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE BALLOON INFLATION PROCESS ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE AT WEST 77TH STREET. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
15 GIANT BALLOONS
• Buzz Lightyear
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid
• Kermit the Frog
• Supercute Hello Kitty
• Kung Fu Panda
• Pillsbury Doughboy
• Ronald McDonald
• Sailor Mickey
• Snoopy as the Flying Ace
• SpongeBob SquarePants
• The parade also boasts 43 novelty/ornament balloons and balloonicles, ranging in size from 12 to 25 feet tall.
12 MARCHING BANDS
(Wait a minute...where is a band from Southern California this year....?)
• Blue Springs Golden Regiment Marching Band, Blue Springs, MO
• Eastern High School Marching Band, Louisville, KY
• Grants Pass High School Marching Band, Grants Pass, OR
• Green Valley High School Marching Band, Henderson, NV
• Lassiter Marching Trojan Band, Marietta, GA
• Latin Band Pedro Molina, Guatemala
• Macy's Great American Marching Band, USA
• NYPD Marching Band, NY
• Purdue University All American Marching Band, West Lafayette, IN
• Seminole Warhawk Marching Band, Seminole, FL
• The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, Hattiesburg, MS
• Waukesha North Northstar Marching Band, Waukesha, WI
• 123 Sesame Street
• Big Apple
• Bountiful Harvest Cornucopia
• Bridge To The Future
• Castle of Dreams
• Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure
• Elves Raise the Roof
• Home Baked Goodness
• International Cele-bear-ation Clock Tower
• Jolly Polly Pirate Ship
• Local Heroes Helping Everyday
• Marion-Carol Showboat
• Mount Rushmore's American Pride
• On the Roll Again
• Pep Rally
• Santa's Sleigh
• Santaland Express
• Shine On
• The Smurfs
• Snoopy's Doghouse
• Snow Queen
• Statue of Liberty
• Top Hat
• Tom Turkey
• The True Spirit of Thanksgiving
• Winter Wonderland in Central Park
• Woodland Family Gathering
Macy's, Inc. (NYSE-Listed M) visits the NYSE to celebrate The 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In honor of the occasion, Robin Hall, SVP of Macy's Parade & Entertainment Group and Amy Kule, Executive Producer of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® ring The Opening BellSM. Mr. Hall and Ms. Kule will be joined on the bell podium by the mischievous Minions from this summer's animated blockbuster hit film Despicable Me (available on Blu-ray and DVD on December 14). The Minions will be featured at this year's parade on the Statue of Liberty float along with teen sensation Miranda Cosgrove, the voice of Margo in the film.
• Arya Dance Company
• Big Apple Circus
• Spirit of America Dance
• Stage Door Manor
• Tap City Youth Ensemble
• US Pizza Team
• Varsity Spirit Cheer
• The Young Americans
• The parade also features 25 clown groups with a total of more than 800 clowns.
• India Arie
• Big Time Rush
• Betty Buckley
• Ann Hampton Callaway
• Broadway's Million Dollar Quartet
• The cast and Muppets of Sesame Street
• Miranda Cosgrove
• Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
• Michael Grimm
• Arlo Guthrie
• Keri Hilson
• Eric Hutchinson
• Victoria Justice
• Gladys Knight
• Mannheim Steamroller
• Kylie Minogue
• Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih
• The Power Rangers Samurai
• Joan and Melissa Rivers
• Crystal Shawanda
• Jessica Simpson
• Kanye West
Media contact information for Randy Economy and Brian Hews and Los Cerritos Community Newspaper
Randy Economy and Brian Hews are "two of the best" Investigative Reporters in all of Southern California. They are responsible for uncovering the biggest 'political pay to pay scandal' in the HISTORY of Los Angeles County government, deep inside the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office. Randy and Brian's work has been featured on Fox News, NBC LA, CBS/KCAL, KTLK-AM 1150, The Mark Isler Show, The David Cruz Show, Univision Radio Network, KTLA News, Los Angeles Times, LA Daily News, KFI Talk Radio, KABC Talk Radio, KABC Eyewitness News and dozens of other media outlets across America. He is the On-Line Editor for Hews Media Group who publishes Los Cerritos Community Newspaper and the La Mirada Lamplighter. If you are interested in interviewing Randy and Brian for your news program, radio talk show, etc., drop an email to Randy@CerritosNews.net, or call 562 407-3873 during regular business hours. Thanks for all of your AMAZING SUPPORT and INTEREST! America's community newspapers are the BACK bone of a FREE MEDIA. Los Cerritos Community Newspaper can be found at www.loscerritosnews.net. Investigative Reporting is becoming a "lost art" here in the United States. Randy Economy and Brian Hews are determined to "keep politicians" on their toes and accountable.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
2010 MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE LINE-UP! AMERICA'S SECOND BEST PARADE OF THE YEAR IS ABOUT TO HIT THE STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY! Sorry, Rose Parade is still #1!
on 11/25/2010 12:11:00 AM
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LISTEN TO RANDY ECONOMY AND BRIAN HEWS ON KFI TALK RADIO
Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and Reporter Randy Economy were featured on KFI AM 640 on the Tim Conway Jr. Show on Thursday, October 17 to discuss the arrest of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, Property Tax Agent Ramin Salari and Assessor Major Property Appraiser Mark McNeil on dozens of felony charges. The segment was broadcast live to millions of listeners throughout the Western United States. LCCN will post additional interviews by Mr. Hews and Mr. Economy in the future.
WATCH: LCCN, Randy Economy featured on Fox News
Los Angeles Local News, Weather, and Traffic Los Cerritos Community Newspaper’s exclusive groundbreaking coverage into the corruption probe at the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office is now the focal point of a multi part series that began airing Wednesday night on Fox News 11 in Southern California. LCCN was the first media outlet to break the story about the massive criminal investigation that has now gripped the entire Los Angeles County Hall of Administration. “We thank Fox News for recognizing featuring Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in their coverage,” said Brian Hews, President and Publisher of Hews Media Group. “LCCN has been working with dozens of media outlets across the country on this massive scandal for the past eight months,” Hews said. Featured in this report is LCCN Investigative Reporter Randy Economy who tells about how the community newspaper was able to “piece the puzzle together” that has resulted in the arrest of one former property appraiser, and the recent departure of Assessor John Noguez on a “paid leave of absence.” Look for more segments on Fox News 11 during the next several days and weeks. Reporter Gina Silva is featured in this segment.
Randy Economy appears on NBC News Non Stop California with Colleen Williams
Randy Economy appears on California Non Stop with Colleen Williams from NBC News. Randy Economy appeared on NBC New's Non Stop California in June, 2012. This is what NBC said about Randy and Los Cerritos Community Newspaper. "Los Cerritos Community Newspaper recently published hundreds of e-mails between Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez and several property tax agents. The emails were obtained by the newspaper through a series of public document requests. This is the second set of documents published by the community newspaper that has been at the forefront of reporting and exposing the alleged pay to play activities between tax agents and Noguez for the past two years. Reporter Randy Economy joins Colleen Williams on Nonstop News LA to discuss how their investigation began on June 25, 2012.”
Hear Randy Economy and Brian Hews on the David Cruz Show!
Hear Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and Reporter Randy Economy on The David Cruz Show during the week of June 25, 2012 on KTLK AM 1150 in Southern California. The segment begins at the 56:00 part in this clip and lasts for thirty minutes.
Brian Hews, Randy Economy on CBS 2 News KCAL 9 with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan
Los Cerritos Community Newspaper featured CBS News with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan CBS/KCAL Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan interviews Randy Economy and Brian Hews from Los Cerritos Community Newspaper the day more than 300 law enforcement officials raided 12 different locations in the political scandal that is consuming Los Angeles County. Thanks CBS News for acknowledging the hard work of LCCN!