It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a balloon!
That’s right, the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be live on the streets of Manhattan on Thanksgiving morning!
The parade is one of my favorite parts of the year. Families huddled together in the cold of New York to hear the latest Broadway performances, dance along to Christmas jingles and watch massive balloons of their favorite characters soar above. To me, it’s magic. That’s why this week I decided to set aside the marketing blog topic and make it purely fun. Let’s talk Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade fun facts!
The very first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was in 1924 and involved mostly store employees and animals from the Central Park zoo! The parade was originally named the Macy’s Christmas parade, but was changed a few years later.
The character balloons made their first appearance in 1927. The balloons included a dinosaur, 25-foot dachshund, and Felix The Cat among a few others.
Everyone’s favorite mouse, Mickey Mouse made his debut in the 1934 parade. Designers collaborated with Walt Disney to create the massive balloon, which had to be held down by 25 men.
Due to World War 2 and the limited supply of rubber and helium, the balloon was cancelled from 1942-1944.
Snoopy has been in the parade more times than any other character balloon. With 7 different balloons, last year was his 39th time sent down the streets of Manhattan.
Macy’s is the world’s second largest consumer of helium. The United States government is the first.
Santa Claus has ended the parade every year except 1933, the only year in which he led the parade.
Now that we are all experts on the parade, don’t forget to tune in! And of course, be sure to watch the dog show after!
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