Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Hello everyone! Thanksgiving is almost before the door, and today once more Thanksgiving tradition should be remembered. On 27th of November, 1924, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade was held in New York City. Nowadays, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is considered to be the most important and popular USA holiday parade. Each year, several million people parade on the streets of the Big Apple City to take part in one of the greatest American public events.

The tradition of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has its roots in 1924, when over 250,000 people gathered on the first Macy’s Day Parade in New York. The idea of such parade was inspired of Macy’s store employees, many of which were immigrants from Europe. Being proud of traditions of their new country, they expressed a desire to celebrate one of the most important holidays in the way of parade. Originally, there were various parades in Europe, and such events were familiar and well-known for the Europeans. So the immigrants collected the old and new traditions and synthesized them together as a whole. It led to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the integral part of nowadays Thanksgiving.

Giant balloons, more than 1,500 cheerleaders and dancers, marching bands, fun costumes, clowns and floats – all this takes part in Thanksgiving from the Central Park to Macy’s Herald Square. By the way, the first giant balloon on Macy’s Day Parade was Felix the Cat, the famous animal cartoon character. Balloon launching is a characteristic feature of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Each year on the Upper West Side the Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation takes place on the eve of Thanksgiving. Spider-Man, Hello, Kitty, Kung Fu Panda, SpongeBob Square Pants  – all these and many other characters wish Happy Thanksgiving their viewers. Macy’s Day Parade is broadcasted on national and local TV and radio channels, and more than 50 million viewers follow it. Meet Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade already today, and don’t forget about our Thanksgiving cook contest. Vote in favor of the best Ukrainian lady on Step2love!