Was the 2013 Chicago Thanksgiving Parade a Turkey?

Was the 2013 Chicago Thanksgiving Parade a Turkey?
"Are you calling me a turkey?"

Was this year's 80th Annual Thanksgiving Parade up to Chicago standards or was it a turkey? One parade-goer thinks the latter and will never go to another Chicago Thanksgiving parade.

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We, along we the rest of Chicago media and the parade sponsor McDonald's, have been hyping the parade--a Chicago tradition--that has kicked off the holiday season for the past 80 years.

Therefore when we got this email from Tom who had just attended the parade, we were surprised and saddened by his experience.

Here is Tom’s email:

“Lamest parade ever. Deflated balloons, ghost busters, Santa singing some fox song at the end…Highlighted by the grand Marshall (whoever she was) and a bodyguard, who was wearing a New York sweatshirt. Gee I’ll make sure I see it next year.”

A New York sweatshirt in a Chicago Thanksgiving parade...wrong!

The fox song that Tom was referring to is the Ylvis' song "The Fox" (What Does the Fox Say) that's gone viral with over 2 and 1/2 million hits on YouTube, made it to the top 10 on the Billboard 100 and is about to be released in a children's book that should be available for Christmas.

Whether this song was the best choice for Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus to dance to at the parade's finale is another question. The only connection that I see to the holidays and the song is that both the fox and Santa are red. Take a look and tell us what you think...the "The Fox" song--good choice or bad choice?

Was the parade a turkey? Were the balloons deflated? How about the Ghostbusters?

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