Macy’s 85th Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s 85th Thanksgiving Day Parade was one of the most successful in New York’s history, drawing an enormous crowd and entertaining more than 50 million TV viewers. The windless weather and relatively warm temperatures made it a perfect day for a parade.

Though police would not release a crowd estimate, a Macy’s spokesperson said: “We expected 3.5 million people at the parade and I’d say we were north of that.”

Some of the beloved characters featured in this year’s parade were Snoopy, SpongeBob SquarePants and Hello Kitty, while some offbeat new additions included “Julius,” Paul Frank’s sock monkey and Tim Burton’s “B.,” the creepy boy made from discarded birthday balloons.

According to Macy’s spokesperson Orlando Veras, there were 8,000 people in the parade, which included 11 marching bands, 800 clowns, 1,600 cheerleaders, dancers and singers, 27 floats, 15 enormous balloons and 44 medium ones.

“We had a great parade today. I’ve done this for 11 years and these were the biggest crowds I have seen,” he said.

Missing Bronx Zoo Cobra Explores NYC

A deadly, twenty-inch long female Egyptian cobra escaped from its exhibit at the Bronx Zoo earlier this week, forcing the zoo to close the Reptile House. Officials insist that the snake is most likely still in the building, as they prefer dark, closed spaces and are uncomfortable if they are exposed. Staffers conduct daily searches in the area.

The Snake’s Game

Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny said the snake most likely found a secure hiding spot, like among the pipes of the building. He explained that when it feels safe enough, it will move about, looking for food.

“Right now, it’s the snake’s game,” Breheny said. “At this point, it’s just like fishing; you put the hook in the water and wait. Our best strategy is patience, allowing her time to come out of hiding.” The process, he said, can take anywhere from days to weeks.

Well, She’s Tweeting

Meanwhile, a suspicious Twitter account entitled “BronxZooCobra,” has come into the equation, attracting more then 100,000 followers in two days. The Snake-on-the-Town account features humorous messages from the cobra as it explores New York City.

Some of the more recent Tweets include “City may not sleep, but I’m ready to. Ooh a chimney! I bet you bragged to your friends about having a working fireplace in NYC. Hi roomie.” and “Holding very still in the snake exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. This is gonna be hilarious!”