Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Parade is the largest annual parade in the world and it’s known for its balloons of pop icons and other famous characters. The first parade was created in 1924 and since then it has been run without stopping. It’s going to be the 95th parade this year. Are you ready to know more about celebration? Let’s go!

History

Macy's Thanksgiving parade started in 1924 when store employees dressed up and marched on the New York streets. There were floats, musicians, and live animals from the Central Park Zoo. The procession finished at Herald Square, where Santa Claus greeted kids and welcomed everybody to visit the store. Macy's parade had such a success that the store said it will be an annual event. 

In 1928 living animals were replaced with balloons. The parade was growing every year — more than a million people desired to watch the celebration. In 1932 New York radio started live broadcasting from the parade, then it stopped in 1941 because of the war and resumed in 1945. In 1953 it firstly was televised on NBC.

In 2020 Macy's hold the parade according to the strict regulations because of COVID-19. Participants had to keep social distance, the route became shorter and balloons were carried by motor vehicles. Parade in 2020 was the first event with no public.

Balloons

The most popular feature of the parade is the balloons that are carried by Macy's employees — participants of the parade. Usually, balloons represent famous pop characters, for example, Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, Garfield, Spider-Man, The Pink Panther, Bugs Bunny, Hello Kitty, Huge Turkey, and many others. 

Floats and march

Another parade feature is gorgeous moving platforms that people call "floats". Usually, it has vibrant decoration and it's led by famous celebrities or brands. Another important parade feature is high school marching bands, unknown artists, and casts of Broadway shows. Also, the parade is adorned with cheerleaders and dancers chosen by the National Cheerleaders Association. But the major guest is Santa Claus, who finishes the celebration at Herald Square and declares the beginning of the Christmas season.

The 95th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

In 2021 Thanksgiving Parade will be held on November 25. "For our 95th celebration, Macy's has come up with an unforgettable show featuring an incredible array of balloons, decorated floats, and mind-blowing performers. We can't wait to start the holiday season with our beloved tradition," Will Coss, executive producer of the parade, said.

2021 Parade route:

  • Kickoff
  • Central Park West
  • Columbus Circle
  • Central Park South & 6th Avenue
  • 6th Avenue
  • Restricted viewing
  • Macy’s Herald Square

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