Historical Moments of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

We simply cannot do without mentioning Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when talking about Thanksgiving holiday. This colorful fanfare has become an integral part of our Thanksgiving holiday celebration. As we eagerly wait for this year’s 89th Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade let us go back in time and sneak a look at some of the most prized moments of this illustrious procession.

First parade
The year 1924 marked the beginning of historic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was a procession of animals of the Central Park zoo that included elephants, camels, bears and lions that went from Herald Square to Harlem. Balloons were not introduced during that time.

The First Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Balloon Debut
It was in the year 1927 that the signature balloons became the part of Macy’s parade. Led by Felix, the Cat, balloons were let-off in the skyline after the parade was over and had addresses written on them. Those who delivered this balloon to their respective addresses were given rewards by Macy’s.

Felix the Cat and other balloons in 1927 Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade

First Disney Balloon
Our favorite Mickey Mouse became the first Disney character to participate in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1934. He was eventually followed by Donald Duck in 1935.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade First Disney Balloon

Marvel Comic World

Captain America, Wolverine and a Hulk in green suit brought alive the world of Marvel Comics in 1987’s parade. An epic battle between the characters on the float was a sight worth watching as it was way before the Marvel Universe ruled the movie scene.

A tribute to Jim Henson

Jim Henson, the creator of Muppets was given a tribute by his characters Miss Piggy, Kermit and other members of the Henson clan after his sudden death in 1990.

Introducing Video Games

The world of Video Games came to life when Sonic the Hedgehog joined the parade. This Sega’s speed demon participated for the first time in the year 1993.

Which is your favorite moment from Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Are there any other instances of this parade that you remember? Let us know about it in the comment section below.

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