Owner Waleed Zarou’s daughter Juliana Zarou, the original throw dough girl, is now a little older, but still has the knack for throwing dough and has been invited to join the U.S. Pizza Team. Her arrival is just in time to be able to participate in one of the most cherished annual events in America, the Macy’s Day Parade.
For those unfamiliar with what throw dough is all about, we’ve listed a clip of a previous performance so you can see some of these skills in action. Juliana was the first girl to compete in the throw dough competition and now will be able to support the U.S. Pizza team in one of the grandest performing stages in the land.
Below is the official press release from the U.S. Pizza team:
U.S. PIZZA TEAM TO MARCH IN THE 84th ANNUAL MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
Oxford, Miss. (2010) – Members of the United States Pizza team will march and perform dough acrobatics as part of the 84th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Macy’s Parade steps off on Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. and can be seen nationwide on NBC-TV. The team, which was started in 2000 and is sponsored by pizza industry vendors and PMQ Pizza Magazine, is composed of pizzaiolos from around the nation whose skills range from baking to dough stretching to individual and group dough acrobatics.
“Pizza spinning is an emerging sport that combines culinary arts and performance skills, and quite honestly, we’ve found some of the finest in the industry” says Steve Green, publisher and founder of PMQ. “We’re proud to have the team show the world what they can do in an event as prestigious as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”
While team members often use real dough in competition, members will spin Throw Dough (throwdough.com), a synthetic, practice dough used for performing elaborate tricks during the parade.
For more information about the U.S. Pizza Team, visit USPizzaTeam.com. To see the team in action click The U.S. Pizza Team-prepares for Macy’s
About PMQ Pizza Magazine
In publication for 13 years, PMQ Pizza Magazine (www.pmq.com) reaches 40,000 owner/operators of America’s 76,000 pizzerias. In the 36 billion dollar pizza industry, PMQ is a business monthly with a website which hosts 5,000 Web visitors each day at PMQ.com and 10,000 newsletter subscribers each week. PMQ Pizza Magazine also has publications in China and Australia.
About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For more than 80 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons. For more information on the Macy’s Parade please visit www.macysparade.com or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.