The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a favorite holiday tradition for many families. Here’s the fascinating story of the rise of this iconic holiday tradition.
- This is the 91st year.
- In 1924, Macy’s opened the World’s Largest Store and to celebrate, decided to put on a parade.
- The first parade featured animals from the Central Park Zoo and floats that matched the store’s window displays.
- The route was longer back then– about 6 miles long.
- The parade was so popular, Macy’s promised it would be back next year. It has happened every year except from 1942-1944 during WWII.
- In 1927, they stopped using live animals from the zoo. Balloons became a big hit and back then, they released the balloons after the parade. If you found one of the released balloons, you were awarded with a $50 Macy’s gift certificate.
Why did that stop? You guessed it– a safety issue. Watch the video for some great black-and-white photos and the specific reason they stopped releasing the balloons!
If watching the parade is an annual tradition– enjoy!!