On Christmas Day in 1924, Macy’s employees rounded up professional bands, extravagant floats and animals from the Central Park Zoo, and marched to Macy’s on 34th Street in the first-ever Macy’s Day Parade. Drawing a crowd of about 250,000 people, the company instantly decided that the parade would be an annual event.

Now the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade draws 3.5 million people to the streets of New York City each year, with an additional 50 million watching from the comfort of their own homes. Go back in time to the see the first-ever animal balloon (Felix the Cat) and catch a glimpse of decades-old parade floats in this vintage Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade gallery.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1924
Santa Float in Macy Parade
Felix the Cat Vintage Macy's Parade
Tony Sarg for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
24 Fantastic Vintage Pics Of The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
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Want to see what the parade looked like in 1939 and 1954? We've got you covered:

Kiri Picone
Bay Area transplant Kiri Picone is a writer and marketer who loves bizarre news and the color purple.
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