Aaron Newman and Joana Tejada beheld something opposite as they left their Streeterville area home Thursday morning and headed to a downtown Thanksgiving Day parade.
The crowds forward on a Loop weren’t only Cubs fans celebrating a World Series — yet there was some of that — or even domestic protests, a latter a unchanging occurrence in a arise of a election.
Instead, a solid tide of families and groups of friends were firm for State Street to locate a glance of a enormous balloons, equestrian units and marching bands behaving in a parade.
“It’s a sign of normalcy,” conspicuous Newman, 30. “Things are still OK. The good things is still happening.” Despite carrying lived in a Chicago area his whole life, Newman had never been to any city march until he started dating Tejada. The Thanksgiving march has turn a tradition for a couple, who have attended for 3 years running. It “brings a holiday suggestion to life,” conspicuous Tejada, 28.
On a frail tumble Chicago morning, hundreds lined State Street to take in a sights and sounds of a parade: from a 450-member marching rope to a uninformed dance unit display off their hiplet (pronounced hip-lay) moves — a alloy of hip-hop and exemplary ballet, or “ballet with flavor,” as dance instructor Cheryl Taylor called it.
Appearing for a initial time during a annual parade, 10 dancers who sight during a Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center competence have introduced some spectators who haven’t seen a viral videos, to a complicated dance character achieved Thursday to a strain “Everything Is Alright.”
“It’s only kind of about how (things) can get we down though all is all right in a end,” dancer Lela Matthews, 14, conspicuous about a song. “I consider that goes with whole hiplet thesis too, since it’s tough work. Sometimes your feet — when they harm unequivocally bad we only wish to be finished with it. But afterwards when we get on theatre and do things like this, it unequivocally shows we that everything’s OK.”
Many spectators carried immature children on their shoulders and others attempted to get as tighten as they could to a march track on State to see a performances and floats. Sandra Martinez and a few others who couldn’t get a transparent perspective during Randolph and State streets watched a parade’s live tide on their phones.
Martinez trafficked from Valparaiso, Ind., to start a new tradition with her husband, daughter and 3 grandsons. The march was set to be a prominence of their three-day trip, violence a Blue Man Group show, Black Friday selling and not carrying to prepare a large Thanksgiving meal, she said.
“This is what we wish them to remember as against to what they hear on a news,” she said, referring to a presidential choosing rhetoric. “This is what unequivocally matters, creation memories with family.”