What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving? A long table surrounded by friends and family? Eating yourself into a food coma? Football on the big screen? How about waking up early to watch the streets of New York come to life with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade? With characters such as Santa Claus and Snoopy, the annual parade is a treat for people of all ages.

This year, we’re bringing you our very own digital parade. Earlier this month, we asked Washington Post readers and staff members what events or pop culture references from 2017 they’d want to see float down Sixth Avenue. We got some funny responses, some serious ones and others that didn’t make a lot of sense. We worked with illustrator Al Murphy to bring our favorite ideas to life.

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on happy things and to practice gratitude, so for that reason, we chose to keep it positive and illustrate the lighter side of 2017.


(Illustrations by Al Murphy for The Washington Post)