Thursday, November 27, 2008

Anniversary: Happy Thanksgiving

The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held today in 1924 in New York City. The parade featured live animals from Central Park Zoo. In 1927, animal-shaped balloons replaced the real animals (Felix the Cat was the first balloon). The variety and size of balloon characters has since expanded (a balloon pun!). The Parade has always concluded at the Macy's building at Herald Square, where Santa Claus joins the festivities. At the first parade, however, Santa was crowned the "King of Kiddies".

(image credit: Charlie Brown balloon, Macy's; Uncle Sam balloon in 1941 Parade, the balloon was retired after this parade and the rubber donated to the war effort, Macy's, abcnews.go.com)