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While I’m cruising the aisles of the grocery store, throwing in cranberry sauce and stuffing ingredients, I started to think about some of my other favorite holiday traditions – other than the turkey coma, of course!
We all know that the first Thanksgiving was held in Plymouth, Mass., many, many years ago between the Pilgrims and the Indians, but what about other timeless Thanksgiving day traditions?
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of my favorite things to watch on Thanksgiving Day. After I get the turkey into the oven, I love to sit and watch the parade with family while the smells of dinner waft in from the kitchen. How did this classic tradition get its start?
The first Macy’s parade was held in 1924 because many of Macy’s department store employees were first-generation immigrants. Proud of their brand new American heritage, they wanted to celebrate the United States holiday of Thanksgiving with the type of festival their parents had celebrated in Europe.
The inaugural parade, originally known as the Macy’s Christmas Parade and later the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Christmas Parade, was staged near the store. Employees and professional entertainers marched from 145th Street to Macy’s flagship store dressed in bright costumes. Floats, professional bands and live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo entertained the large crowd of people.
Large animal-shaped balloons filled with air made their debut in 1927, but by the following year, helium was used to fill the expanding number of balloons. Through the 1930s, the Parade continued to grow, with crowds of over 1 million people lining the parade route in 1933.
The 1947 film, Miracle of 34th Street, cemented the parade as being a part of American culture after showing actual footage of the 1946 parade festivities in the movie. The parade was always covered by live radio accounts, but was first broadcast on network television in 1948.
The parade continues to entertain children and adults alike with its giant floats, extravagant balloons, singing and dancing numbers, and of course, the official kickoff to the Christmas season…Santa Claus and his sleigh appearing in Herald Square to close the parade every year.
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