So what does transvestites in kinky boots have to do with Thanksgiving and Macy’s Department Store? Let’s begin with the history of progress and work our way to last Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
Part of Macy’s Family Thanksgiving Day Parade
There was a time when distinction divided the holiday celebrations. As we have become more progressive, however, the three have now blended into one big mish-mash of events where Dracula, ghosts and monsters vie for space as Santa and Frosty the Snow Man try to crowd in while Tom Turkey became nearly unnoticeable in the Holiday traffic, which he may have actually preferred considering his role in Thanksgiving.
Pushed onto the sidelines, barely visible today, is the most solemn event of the year, where Americans spend the day giving thanks for our country, God’s blessings, and our families. Church services are given on Thanksgiving Morning. Now, that holiday not only has been infringed upon but pushed to the side by bringing in, starting this year, major stores open on Thanksgiving Day for early bargain Christmas presents. The Thanksgiving celebration, a day for families and God, has been officially declared non important.
The Ghastly..er..ghostly Spirit of Profiteering and Merchandising of Christmas present has manifested. This trumps church, family gatherings and worshiping God, since, after all, this is progress.
There is now no separation of the holidays. In years past, the first of October ushered in the trappings of Halloween that would be the last day of the month. After that day, Thanksgiving Day images appeared, including Pilgrims, Native Americans husks of corn and life size cut-outs of Tom Turkey.
THEN, right after Thanksgiving, often beginning that very evening, the Christmas decorations and displays began to magically appear, or so it seemed, turning any space into a winter wonderland with gayly colored flickering lights.
Every holiday was separate and distinct from the other with each anticipated anxiously. But as the years went by, the distance between them were erased as everything hit at once. And those displays went up earlier and earlier. This year it all started on Labor Day.
There would be a Thanksgiving Day Parade which was also dubbed “The Santa Claus Parade” since that parade ushered in the Christmas season. It was high school bands marching in their uniforms, some floats and of course, Santa.
That parade has become an annual tradition of Macy’s in New York. The marching bands began diminishing over the years as the three hour spectacle became a promotional hustle of Broadway plays with lip-synched musical numbers performed in the street in front of the Herald Square Macy’s to entice the pubic to buy tickets.
This year, a featured Broadway production, Kinky Boots, based on sexually confused transgenders who own a boot factory for, as announced by the male-female mastress of ceremonies, “Ladies, Gentlemen and Those Undecided.” The wildly colored kinky boots were thigh high with high heels, worn and danced in by males in female underwear including one chubby, bearded truck-driver tough guy type in the kinky boots, so that this appears to be normal to all. Other songs proclaimed delight in the joy of those who are different.