By Athina Krikeli
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the biggest events the City has to offer. On November 27, 2014, the 88th annual parade started at Central Park West and West 77th Street, head down Central Park West and traveled east along Central Park South to Sixth Avenue.
This years Parade took over once again the city of Manhattan with marching bands, extravagant floats and massive balloons of Spider-Man, SpongeBob, Snoopy and other beloved kids' characters. Seeing those giant balloons get inflated the night before the parade is a pretty special experience, too.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been marching since 1924
History of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade A group of Macy’s employees put on the first parade in 1924. The parade, which went through West Harlem, featured costumed employees, floats, bands, and animals from the Central Park Zoo.
The first giant helium balloon was introduced to the parade in 1927, and the event continued to grow in size and popularity through the decades. In 1946, the parade was televised for the first time.
It’s since become a national holiday tradition. In fact, Macy’s and the Thanksgiving Day Parade are so integral to American pop culture that they’re even the subject of the classic 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street!
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