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Dying to Be in the Holiday Parade Party: In Not a Funny Or Good Way

By Carlo

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No disrespect. But dying to be a part of the holiday parade party: in a not a funny or good way is exactly the thought when I heard about someone that I believe had to be a really cool guy, Robert Blasetti, a 67 year old Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade volunteer.
Unfortunately, Mr. Blasetti died "clowning", making people kids laugh and grown up's smile on Thanksgiving Day while taking part in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
What a shame. The poor man had a heart attack. 
He was making balloon animals one minute, and sometime thereafter he was pronounced dead at a local NY City hospital.
What a heck of a tragic occurrence for his poor family to have deal with at this time of the year. If you believe prayer, bow your head for a minute and send up a little something special for the members of his family.
English: 2006 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade All I can hope is that his family might feel good knowing that he died doing something that he loved, entertaining people. But it's still just so sad for his loved ones that he left behind.
I've only posted one other blog article about someone's death; the "King of Pop" icon, Michael Jackson. However, I felt that this was equally important for me to post because people who clown are a part of the party industry family too; wherever they perform and however loosely associated it may seem they are as being a part of our "family".
Clowns are a significant part of a party when they're hired, often becoming the main attraction, if not stealing the entire show. Clowning is an honorable profession. Bozo the Clown, Buttons the Ringling Brothers clown, and French actor and famous mime, Marcel Marceau's famous persona, Bip the Clown, are just a few on a long list of some of the greatest clowns of all time.
May Mr. Blasetti rest in peace. And may God bless each member of his family. I am sorry for your loss.

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Dying to Be in the Holiday Parade Party: In Not a Funny Or Good Way
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