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To learn more about this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, check out my video interview with John Piper, the Vice President and Creative Director of the Macy’s Parade Studio.

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An Interview with the Designer Behind the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Magic

As a lifelong New Yorker, I’ve been to my share of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades–I can’t say that I ever spent too much time contemplating how the spectacular balloons get from the drawing board to the actual parade.

As the niece of a former theater set designer and the wife of a graphic designer, I probably should have given it a little bit more thought.

It was incredibly exciting to have the chance to chat for a bit with John Piper, Vice President and Creative Director of the Macy’s Parade Studio.   John comes from a theater background, with a BFA in Theater Design and Technology from the University of Illinois of Urbana-Champaign and as the former Direction of Technical Services at the George Potter Center for the Performing Arts in Michigan, and approaches the Macy’s parade extravaganza like he would a large-scale theatrical production.