NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In preparation for the 90th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, more than 400 Macy’s employees and volunteers got a crash course in clowning around Saturday.

“Make them laugh, make a connection, and finally let’s make some memories,” Creative Director Wesley Whatley told the group. 

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“Today is all about getting folks out of their shell and embracing the inner performer within them,” he said.

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The employees have a chance to work with professional clowns.

“I love going to the crowd, I love the children, the whole thing,” said one woman from Staten Island who was back for her fourth time.

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It was on her bucket list, but she keeps coming back.