Shoreline natives were balloon handlers at the NY Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Shorewood grads are balloon handlers in Macy's parade

Shorewood grads and siblings Jolene and Frazier Mork had a 'good flight ' (balloon handler's jargon) of the New Netflix elf balloon 'Fleck' in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.

New Netflix elf balloon 'Fleck' from above

Although there was talk of cancelling all balloon flights the night before due to the high winds, by Thanksgiving day the wind had abated greatly. The balloons were still flown much lower than usual as a safety precaution (usually they fly three stories up) due to some wind gusts. It was the coldest Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on record at 20 degrees.

Frazier on the far left
Jolene is second person after the white coveralls

In the close-up picture, Frazier is visible as the first person on the left side looking toward the center (he has a beard) . Jolene is the second person after the person wearing white coveralls (she has a white x - shaped object in her hand -- that is the rope spooler).

It was a fantastic and fun experience for both, and they hope to repeat it next year.

Jolene is a senior data scientist for Macy's in Herald Square, NY. Frazier is a software engineer for Textio in Seattle.


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