The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ever


WORLD'S FIRST
MACY'S PARADE

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When was the world's first Macy's Parade?

In 1924 a bunch of Macy’s employees proposed holding a parade to celebrate Christmas and Herbert Strauss, President of R.H. Macy & Co., obliged, in fact he went all out.

Herbert Strauss took out newspaper ads which promised "a surprise New York will never forget!" and held true to his word.

On November 27, 1924, the Macy’s Christmas Parade amazed over 250,000 parade goers with floats, professional bands and live animals from the Central Park Zoo and, of course, Santa Claus.

The Macy’s Christmas Parade then changed it's name to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and 1927 saw the first of the giant balloons; Felix the Cat, the Dragon, the Elephant, and the Toy Solider, which all exploded as the helium expanded as they were released.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is still held on Thanksgiving every year with about 50 million viewers tuning in to watch it on TV.


1924 Ad for the Macy’s Christmas Parade


The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ever

The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ever

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