How North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Parade™ Stacks Up To America’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Not typically one to spill the tea ladies, but North Korea just put on one of the most adorable ballistic missile parades you’ll likely see all year—complete with synchronized routines by costumed performers, rifle juggling, and a fireworks display that could decimate an entire continent.

As America struggles to keep its foothold as a superpower in the world, we must always take inventory of the advancements of both friend and foe, so allow me to rank how North Korea’s Bedazzled Ballistic Missiles Parade this week stacks up against the motherload of all American parades: The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

To determine a winner, we’ll rank each festivus in four different categories: Organization, Originality, Social Footprint, & Finale. 


If the North Koreans are anything, they’re disciplined. It’s inspiring how each parader moves in graceful lockstep, a mesmerizing feat that can only be achieved through incessant practice and the threat of an instant execution.

Meanwhile in America, the Macy’s Day Parade grapples with its unifying theme, rolling out conflicting floats that demonstrates not just a lack of organization, but a lack of conviction.

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Get busy living or get busy dying. Pick your float.

POINT: North Korea’s Bedazzled Ballistics Missile Parade


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Much like season 8 of Game of Thrones, it is quite clear that the North Korean parade planners are spinning their tank wheels creatively, with each successive parade showcasing a slightly-newer version of the same tired existential threat.

Hey North Korea, if I wanted to see another massive oblong object capable of rendering me obsolete I’d peek in my wife’s underwear drawer.

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Meanwhile, in America, it’s impossible to predict which vaguely-familiar consumer brand’s float Jimmy Fallon is going to get blackout drunk on.

Keep us guessing Jimmy.

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POINT: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


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Influencers are essential to a successful parade campaign not only because they can bring the conversation online but because the recipe for must-watch television is Ashlee Simpson rolling slowly down 6th Ave in a New York Life Insurance float hauled by a Toyota Tundra.

North Korea is at a severe disadvantage on the social front due to its people not having access to the internet or autonomy over themselves.

POINT: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


While the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade finale varies year-to-year, it typically consists of a Sesame Street character singing with the Barenaked Ladies under a Boss Baby balloon while New Yorkers piss themselves in diapers on the side of the road and Al Roker tries to pretend like he wouldn’t rather be literally anywhere else. 

North Korea’s Bedazzled Ballistics Missile Parade climaxes when the weapons are rolled out for the eleventh time while spectators discreetly beg their neighbor for a piece of bread. Not as colorful, but flare has no role in the presence of nuclear weapons. That’s a power that an oxygen-filled Ronald McDonald cannot deliver.

POINT: North Korea’s Bedazzled Ballistics Missile Parade

OVERALL: While I’d still give the edge to America’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, I can’t really say until I’m in the presence of both. Does anyone know the airport in Pyongyang? It’s not populating on Expedia.




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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.