Hundreds Take Part In Clown University For Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some very important training took place in Midtown for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

About 200 people attended Macy’s Clown University Saturday taught by the stars of the Big Apple Circus.

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The goal of the course is to teach the hundreds of new volunteers how to interact with the crowd and get people laughing during the parade.

“You have to be super enthusiastic, really happy and smiley,” one new clown said.

And while it may sound like all fun and games, Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, says it’s serious business.

“The clown group is really the heart and soul of the Macy’s parade,” she said.

Before beginning training for one of the 300 coveted spots as a new…

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