Here’s How the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Looked the Year You Were Born
You won't be able to resist this album of vintage Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade photos.
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The first-ever Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in 1924. Even in the ’20s, Macy’s was proud to present a holiday spectacle! Create your own holiday spectacle with these 1920s Christmas recipes.
P.S. Here’s how to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in 2022.
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You’ll be blown away by what used to happen with the balloons at the end of the parade.
Look at the crowds lining the streets to see this crocodile float. (Or is it an alligator?)
After the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1941, the event went on hiatus when Macy’s “enlisted” in the war effort. The rubber used to make the balloons was donated to make tires for tanks and life rafts.
This teddy bear floats along the parade route in 1945, the first parade to return after World War II.
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Macy’s marched this toy solider down the street for the parade in 1950. This year, look for the Pillsbury Doughboy, SpongeBob SquarePants and a rescue pup from Paw Patrol.
The iconic turkey float will definitely make an appearance on your Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade bingo card. Learn more about parade bingo and other unusual Thanksgiving traditions.
The parade is an annual “love letter and gift” from Macy’s to the City of New York. Look at the crowds lining the street in this vintage Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade photo!
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The giant floats were an iconic part of every vintage Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but there were plenty of other performers, as well.
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated just four days before 1963’s parade. But the Kennedy family called Macy’s to ask that the show still go on—for the children.
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The tortoise float slowly but surely made its way along the parade route.
Each enormous inflatable has a “flight team” to lead the balloon along the parade route. That team includes balloon handlers, a captain who coordinates the costumes and a pilot who walks backward for the entire parade route to make sure the balloon is flying at the right height.
The show won its second Daytime Emmy for the 1982 NBC broadcast. About 80 million viewers watched the parade on TV that year!
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Roughly 8,000 people work together each year to put on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Peter Rabbit debuted in the ’90s, along with the trend of watching workers inflate the balloons on New York’s Upper West Side the night before the parade.
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This 67-foot-tall Big Bird float has been a regular on the parade route since the ’70s. See how the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will look in 2021.