Macy’s 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Weegee, [Cop and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade clown hand, New York], 1945 (14754.1993)

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Weegee, Clown filled with helium gas for annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York], 1945 (3077.1993)

Tomorrow at 9 AM starts Macy’s 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade. Similar to this year, the first parade in 1924 had floats and dancers, but rather than oversized balloons live animals -such as tigers and camels from the Central Park Zoo, were part of the procession. They were replaced by balloons in 1927. During the long stretch of time the parade has existed, Macy’s had to suspend the event for three years during WWII. There had been a shortage of rubber and all the balloons were donated to the government in support of the war.

If you are unable to see the floating Felix the Cat and Miss Piggy in person, NBC will be live broadcasting the event as it has been doing since 1948.

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About claartjevandijk

Assistant Curator, Collections at the International Center of Photography, New York
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