According to a video taken by her children, Grandma Boop has been trying to partake in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade for 30 years. In 2014, on her 83rd birthday, her family surprised her with the ultimate gift: She'll be performing as a clown in this year's parade.
For her birthday, Boop's children gave her a singing card with pictures of the parade. "You are now officially a participant in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! Woo!" The card sung.
At first she thought her kids were taking her on a trip to see the parade from the sidelines with the other 3.5 million audience members. "That sounds great!" She said, adding that she hadn't been in a long time.
Her family had to repeat themselves several times, saying that Grandma Boop would be in the parade and not watching from the sidelines.
When Boop first heard the news she couldn't believe it. She asked her kids if they were sneaking her in and if she'd have to run away.
When they straightened her out and said she would actually be in the 88th annual parade she even said she'd pick up the horse poop just to finally be involved in the annual extravaganza.
At 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the announcers will say the age-old starting phrase, "Let's have a parade!" Then Boop and some 8,000 marchers will make their way down Central Park West. Other people featured at the parade start will include clowns, dancers, cheerleaders and more.
Boop will be among the clowning marchers, followed by nearly 30 parade floats. The route is almost 2.7 miles long and goes from Central Park West to 59th Street, 6th Avenue, 24th Street and then ends at 7th Avenue and 34th Street.
Performers in this year's parade include Hilary Duff, "The Madden Brothers," Idina Menzel, the Muppets of Sesame Street, Quvenshane Wallis and many more.
Grandma Boop is very excited about her New York City clowning debut. Keep an eye out for her at the parade start.Whizzco