History of the Thanksgiving Day Parade
By Erika M.
On Thanksgiving Day, Macy’s attracts an astounding number of customers to celebrate an old-fashioned tradition.
On Thanksgiving Day many people around the United States will turn to their televisions to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. This event has proved to be a Thanksgiving tradition for many American families. But how did this spectacle originate? Did the Macys family have a hand in it or was it a different organization altogether that began this old tradition?
According to the History Channel website, the Macys family, during the year 1924 of the date November 27 celebrated their new mega-department store in New York City. Surprisingly however the center meaning of the parade was Christmas, not Thanksgiving. This was used as advertising that would hopefully entice the populace into early shopping for the holidays. Originally featuring live animals, Macy’s also started their annual tradition with a Mother Goose theme to complement their current window display. As a result, the Thanksgiving Day parade provided so much enjoyment that it was decided Macy’s department store would host it for the year 1925 as well.
However by the year 1927, the famous giant balloons had replaced the live animals. This first falloon, or balloon shaped in a character shape, was of Felix the Cat, with a coalition following in 1934 with the Disney Corporation to design a Mickey Mouse balloon. Despite an absence during World War II, the parade reigned again in 1947 when the national television completed their first broadcast on the topic. However despite changes and additions to the Thanksgiving parade, Macys always ends the festivity with Santa Claus in an ornate sleigh. This symbolizes the idea that this parade is a yearly rite of passage of coming to celebrate the Christmas holidays, which is what the Macy family’s original intention was.