Thanksgiving Day Parade


Thanksgiving is only a few short weeks away and whether you plan on spending it with your family eating turkey, traveling out of town to visit relatives, or just plan to gather round the television watching football, none of these make for a right or wrong way to spend this holiday.

Thanksgiving morning brings back fond memories of waking up and turning on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and looking forward to seeing some of my favorite childhood cartoon characters brought to life in the form of a giant balloon! The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is seen by over 50 million viewers on television and more than 3.5 million people line the Streets of New York to see it up close and in person. It all began in 1924 when the first Macy’s parade began on Thanksgiving morning but was a much more laid-back affair that had the name of an altogether different holiday.

Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan’s Herald Square expanded that same year and covered an entire city block stretching from Broadway to Seventh Avenue. The store decided to throw a Thanksgiving Day parade to celebrate the big opening. The very first helium balloon charter debuted in 1927 and remains a staple to this day in Felix the Cat. The route of the parade is roughly 2.5 miles long and comes equipped with dozens of balloons, marching bands, celebrities, and the world-famous Radio City Rockettes.
So, grab your favorite breakfast and gather ‘round your television to see some of your favorite floats and balloons march their way up and down Broadway and keep an eye out for some of the new balloons debuting this year! This time of the year spent with family and watching the parade is sure to not disappoint!