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US Pizza Team

November 22, 2010 15:24 ET

U.S. Pizza Team to March in the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 22, 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. The team has competed internationally in Australia, China, France and Italy in previous years. U.S. Pizza Team Sponsors are California Milk Advisory Board, La Nova, Paradise Tomato Kitchens, Inc., Throw Dough, BAG Solutions, Deiorio's, Fontanini, GFS, and Marsal & Sons, Inc. For more information about the U.S. Pizza Team, visit USPizzaTeam.com.

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.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

Twenty-Five members of the United States Pizza Team (USPT) will be rehearsing their acrobatic pizza tossing routine at several locations in New York City to prepare for their debut in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Steve Leiber, Director of the US Pizza team commented, "We are always excited to showcase the incredible talents of the members of the Pizza Team who are truly the best at this sport and ambassadors for the Pizza Industry; and to accomplish our mission to advance pizza's quality and perfect and serve the great meal of the United States." This dynamic group will be in action:

Tuesday, November 23
Noon - 3:00 p.m. at 118th Street
8:00 pm - 10:00 p.m. - 34th Street in front of Macy's

Wednesday, November 24
Noon - 3:00 p.m. in front of Sbarro's in Times Square at 7th Avenue.

The United States Pizza Team 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. 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 us at www.uspizzateam.com, become a fan on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter (@uspizzateam).

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    For U.S. Pizza Team:
    Amy Riemer
    978-475-4441 (office)
    978-502-4895 (cell)
    Email Contact

    For Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:
    Orlando Veras
    646-429-7450
    Email Contact