Millions watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade but how and when did the parade begin?


The classic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been watched by millions of New Yorkers and millions on television.

After a crowd-free parade in 2020, the Will Cause Parade executive said this year’s parade is returning as a “culture, love and quirky” celebration.

“Six,” “Moulin Rouge!” Broadway will be screened with musical performances. And “Wicked,” along with NBC’s “Ani Live!” Sneak preview of Radio City Rockets.

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“It’s back, and we’re excited to bring it back to the streets of New York City in its full form in a way that the audience has grown to know and love us,” Kass said. “It’s going to be a really exciting day, and we’re really excited to have the opportunity to bring it back in its true form.”

Before the glitz and the dozens of floats, the Macy’s Day Parade had a humble beginning in the 1920s. So what was the first Macy’s Day Parade like?

In 1924, Macy’s held its first parade but instead of focusing on Thanksgiving, it was called Macy’s Christmas Parade. The parade was held solely by the store’s employees, and the hope is that the celebration will influence customers to shop for the upcoming Christmas holiday. The first march began at 9am and historically followed a six-mile route from Harlem to Harold Square.

The first Macy’s parade floats featured characters from popular nursery rhymes, which coincided with the Christmas show at Macy’s flagship store. History includes rhymes such as Old Woman Who Lived a Shoe, Little Miss Muffett and Little Red Riding Hood.

Live animals at the Central Park Zoo were used on floats during the opening parade, and the first balloon was not used until Felix the Cat debuted in 1927.

Macy’s parade history: Important facts from the Christmas, Thanksgiving Day parades

  • The first Mickey Mouse balloon came out in 1934 with a partnership with Macy’s and Walt Disney.
  • Macy’s Parade did not reach national TV screens until 1947, and in the 1940s all balloons were donated to help supply World War II rubber.
  • Although this year’s floats include Baby Yoda and popular Disney characters, Snoopy is the most balloon-marching character in the march’s history.
  • But has Macy’s Parade ever been canceled? World War II ceased parade celebrations in 1942, 1943 and 1944.
  • In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic stalled the world and more events, the Macy’s Day Parade continued without a live audience.

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