NYC Visit: Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade)
THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
By Jack Prelutsky
Thanksgiving Day is here today,
the great parade is under way,
and though it's drizzling quite a bit,
I'm sure that I'll see all of it.
Great balloons are floating by,
cartoon creatures stories high,
Mickey Mouse and Mother Goose,
Snoopy and a mammoth moose.
Humpty Dumpty, Smokey Bear
hover in the autumn air,
through the windy skies they sway,
I hope that they don't blow away.
Here comes Santa, shaking hands
as he waddles by the stands.
It's so much fun, I don't complain
when now it really starts to rain.
The bands are marching, here they come,
pipers pipe and drummers drum,
hear the tubas and the flutes,
see the clowns in silly suits.
It's pouring now, but not on me,
I'm just as dry as I can be,
I watch and watch, but don't get wet,
I'm watching on our TV set.
Fun Facts about the Macy's Day
Viewing the Parade
The parade starts at 77th Street and Central Park
West, and ends at Macy's at 34th Street and Broadway.
There is restricted access from 36th to 38th Street on
Broadway and on 34th Street from Broadway to 7th Avenue
on the north side of the street.
The first Parade in 1924 was called the "Macy's
Christmas Day Parade" although it took place on
Thanksgiving Day. Live animals including camels, goats,
elephants, and donkeys were a part of the Parade that
inaugural year. The floats were pulled by horses.
In the first Parade a white steed that was to aid in the
Ben-Hur float disappeared at the last minute before the
start of the Parade. In 1927, Macy's introduces the world
famous giant helium balloons. The first balloons included
Felix the Cat and Toy Soldier.
1928 saw the first release of the giant balloons into the
air at the end of the line of march. The balloons
promptly exploded after reaching a certain altitude. The
balloons were redesigned and again released. Equipped
with a return address label, Macy's offered a prize for
Santa Claus has ended the Parade every year except 1933,
the only year in which he led the Parade. The Parade was
cancelled in 1942, 1943, and 1944 due to World War II. In
the 1980s, the smaller "novelty" balloons were
introduced, including the Macy's stars and the 30 foot
triple-scoop ice cream cone.
"Falloons" were also introduced at this time. A
combination of float and cold air balloon, this is a
highlight of the creativity of the Macy's Parade Studio.
In the past 75 years the Parade has attracted a sea of
The years have seen Harpo Marx, Jackie Gleason, Diana
Ross, Sammy Davis, Jr., Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett,
Barry Manilow, NSYNCH, Shaina Twain, Christina Aguiera;
among others. Macy's is the world's second largest
consumer of helium. The United States Government is the
Over 50,000 clowns have delighted millions of children
along the Parade route. There have been 163 balloons from
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Tourist: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC
Historic Photo Gallery
Parade Balloon Fest