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A fire truck blared its sirens, police flashed lights on cruisers and dozens of families in a car parade honked horns, raised signs and yelled: “Happy birthday, Jessiah!” None of them knew 6-year-old Jessiah Lee, but they all showed up for the surprise drive-by birthday party in Arlington, Virginia, organized on social media and inspired by similar celebrations that have brought joy to many children and adults during the quarantine.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A Macy's Thanksgiving parade reimagined for the coronavirus pandemic will feature floats, performers and giant balloons along a one-block stretch of 34th Street in front of the retailer's flagship Manhattan store, Macy's officials announced Monday.

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Sao Paulo's Carnival craziness might not quite reach Rio levels, but make no mistake — Sao Paulo during Carnival is insane. Sound trucks, mechanized floats and parades of sparkly partiers fill the streets. It's sensory overload, but keep your wits about you.

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Visit the world's "snow capital" to join in Quebec's Winter Carnival, a 10-day celebration of all things icy cold. Launched in 1894, the winterfest includes a parade led by a cheery mascot called Bonhomme, and performances that combine technology, pyrotechnics, and circus arts, all to the delight of onlookers. Sign up for an ice sculpture workshop, watch canoe races on the St. Lawrence River, and strap on skates for a spin. Visitors are encouraged to wander through the warm-hearted city but are reminded to bundle up for frosty fun. Feb. 7 - 16, 2020. Contact: https://www.quebec-cite.com/en/

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Considered one of the oldest winter festivals in the U.S., this family-friendly event includes polar plunges, day and evening parades, ice-horse-racing, bob-sledding and ice carving, as well as a liberal serving of lore. It's said that a New York reporter once referred to St. Paul as "another Siberia, unfit for human habitation" in winter. In response, the Chamber of Commerce set out to prove there was good fun to be had during the frosty days of winter and the Carnival was born. That was in 1885. This year, the youngest generation and their families can join in the Carnival's Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade by wearing costumes and decorating strollers, wagons or other non-motorized transportation for the chance to win prizes. Jan. 23 - Feb. 2, 2020. Contact www.wintercarnival.com

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