Keep your eye out on Thursday for a different kind of princess float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This giant castle-shaped ride may be sparkly and pink and feature princesses and pretty blond pop stars, but it is in no way meant promote gender stereotypes.
No, this princess float is meant to empower and foster self-confidence in the millions of little girls who will see it during its inaugural run through the streets of New York City. Created by Jack Ashkenazie, the "Castle of Dreams" is based on My Princess Academy, an online world where girls are taught to "be their own kind of princess." Not the kind of princess who sits around all day eating grapes and ordering servants around. The kind who change the world through generosity, beauty, sharing friendship and loyalty.
Ashkenazie, a father of three, created the site -- and the float -- to counter some of those other famous princesses who don't seem to be doing anything useful with their lives. "Fifty million people are watching [the parade] -- it was the best way to get the message out, the best way to inspire," he said.
I admit that I am skeptical of the empowering possibilities of a parade float based on a pink and purple Website that seems to be mostly about shopping and decorating. But I have no doubt that little princesses everywhere will love it.
Parade Float to Empower Princesses
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