Dancing Xmas Trees Join NYC Festivities
Alameda’s famous dance troupe marches down New York City in 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Alameda’s beloved Tap Dancing Christmas Trees were a part of the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday in New York City. The locally based dance troupe has joined the parade in years past. The group doesn’t just receive a brief shot before cameras transitioned to a nearby float or giant balloon.
Instead, they first appeared and were introduced by Muppets including stage manager Scooter and the Great Gonzo seconds after NBC’s national broadcast of the parade got underway.
The Trees were later celebrated by reviewers and on social media as one of the historic parade’s biggest stars.
Trees also performed in a longer segment later in the broadcast. They also appeared at the show’s end during the conclusionary parade recap besides being thanked as well in the credits.
There were larger dance troupes and cheerleading squads from all over the country; but the Trees are so unique and distinctive, TV Guide described them as “Alameda, California’s joyful tap-dancing trees are so distinctly different, fun and irreverent; they were the real highlight of the entire parade and truly stood out from the rest of the marching group acts!”
Both the Trees and longtime director Pam Drake volunteer not just in Alameda, but for the New York City parade. “Our tap dancers range in age from 15 to 74 years of age,” said Drake. “The taps on their shoes have to be totally replaced after they tap the length of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, no matter if it’s sunny or bad weather.”
The local treasures Alameda has always been proud of are now nationally recognized as goodwill ambassadors. They bring smiles to everyone’s faces with their innovative routines, comedy and fun.
See the Trees Locally
An evening fundraiser and Holiday Extravaganza will feature the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, 3 O’Clock Jump Big Band and the Alameda Community Band (ACB) tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 2. The groups will entertain Alamedans at the Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. Festivities begin at 7:30 p.m.
Donations will be accepted at the door. ACB is looking for help to fully fund its 2017 season. To help out, send a donation to ACB, 2 Curlew Ct., Alameda, CA 94501. ACB is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and donations are tax deductible. Learn more about ACB at www.alamedacomunityband.weebly.com.
The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees will also be part of the upcoming annual Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony set for Saturday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. The Trees will dance in front of City Hall. The tree lighting is free and open to the public.