Nothing says “Happy Holidays” quite like a sixty-foot nylon Big Bird. The friendly fowl from the Sesame Street block, along with a cast of much-loved characters like Bob the Builder, Strawberry Shortcake, and Elmo (with fishbowl), will fly high above Commerce Street in downtown Dallas on December 4 as part of the Neiman Marcus Adolphus Children’s Parade, Texas’s answer to that Macy’s-sponsored Thanksgiving spectacle in New York. In addition to larger-than-life balloons, the seventeenth annual cavalcade, whose proceeds benefit the Children’s Medical Center Dallas, will feature every parade staple: floats (inspired in this case by Barney, Snoopy, and of course, Santa Claus), marching bands, clowns, dancers, and celebrities like Curious George, the Incredible Hulk, and Miss America 2005, Deidre Downs. Think Big Bird gives autographs? STACY HOLLISTER

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