The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Brooke Silon, Contributor

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Have you ever heard of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?  Well on Thursday, November 28th in New York City, they will be holding a parade on Thanksgiving Day. They have held this parade ever since 1924. It was first known as the Macy’s Christmas Day Parade when taking place in the Roaring Twenties. 

They only had three floats being pulled by horses, four bands and animals from the Central Park Zoo. A lot of the workers who had run this parade were emigrates from Europe. They put this parade on to remind them of the ones they threw in their country. By 1927, they first started having gigantic balloons that is now the signature element of the parade. When making these special balloons, they need 2,000-3,000 volunteers and they have to weigh over 150 pounds with good health. They brought in the balloons because the zoo animals were scaring the children. 

From 1942-1944, the parade didn’t go on because World War ll was taking place. They couldn’t have the parade go on because there was a shortage of helium and rubber for the balloons.  When the parade had returned in 1945, that was the first time it was broadcasted on television. Every year they work harder to outdo the year before. In 2017, they celebrated their 91st parade which included 26 floats, 12 big helium balloons and 27 “heritage” balloons and to top it off they had 12 marching bands with a total of 2,585 members included. 

The parade starts at 9 a.m. in New York, which is 6 a.m. here in Nevada. You will not want to miss one of the coolest parades in the world, so make sure to set any alarm and tune into NBC at 6 a.m. The parade will last for 3 hours, so make sure you get snuggled into bed early and wake up to watch the best parade you’ll ever see. 

Information Source: https://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays-other/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade4.htm 

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