Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®
On November 27, 1924, a small group of Macy’s colleagues gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving at the corner of 145th Street and Convent Avenue in New York City. Dressed in costumes with zoo animals, floats and bands in tow, the rag tag group created a one-of-a-kind parade that has since captured the imagination of the world.
Much has changed from the roaring 20’s, but one cherished holiday tradition has remained and grown, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.
Marching down from Harlem to Herald Square that first Thanksgiving to great fanfare, the Parade has become a part of American pop culture and a world-famous event.
For generations the Macy’s Parade has brought families together to celebrate the start of the holiday season. From the introduction of the Parade’s signature giant helium balloons in 1927, to the Parade’s starring role in the holiday film classic “Miracle on 34th Street,” the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade continues to define the holidays as it brings joy to millions of Americans.
With more than 50 million viewers nationwide, and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon. Always evolving in size, scale and artistry, the Parade proudly marches down a more than two-mile route with more than 10,000 participants in tow, including Macy’s colleagues, their family and friends, music’s biggest stars, clowns, marching bands, as well as cheer and dance groups; all spreading holiday cheer at the sound of “Let’s Have a Parade!”