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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade balloon handlers with Snoopy Balloon and 2 Star Shaped Balloon with "Macy's" logo

With the Thanksgiving Holiday just around the corner, we want to highlight an event many of us enjoy, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

While the Macy’s Parade isn’t the oldest Thanksgiving parade, it is the world’s largest parade

The Macy’s Parade dates back to 1924 when a group of Macy’s department store workers marched down 34th street in Manhattan to the Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square. That first parade featured the employees dressed in outfits, homemade floats and even Santa Claus arriving at the store as the finale.

By the 1930s, the parade was drawing over one million people and being broadcast on the radio locally. During this time Mickey Mouse would make its first appearance as a balloon in the parade. By the early 1950s the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade was being broadcast around the country.

While the Macy’s Parade features wonderful floats and performances, the balloons featured in the parade are the lasting images and memories of a Macy’s parade. Each year’s new balloons are a snapshot into popular culture that year. This year’s parade will feature a new balloon of Grogu, aka Baby Yoda, from the Mandalorian TV show.

This Thanksgiving look to the Macy’s Parade for stunning musical performances, joyful marching bands, decorative floats and, of course, the giant balloons. But be warned there might be a mishap or two. Sorry Kermit!

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