Origins of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Origins of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

A Journey into Hidden America

It’s now such an integral part of the holiday season that some have incorrectly call it the “Macy’s Day Parade”.

Let the record be accurate – it is still the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

But to many, the parade is the highlight of the day and the season.

Today it is a television fixture with its big balloons, celebrities, marching bands and more. \

Its legend is a legend reaffirmed by the classic film “Miracle on 34th Street”.

But the legend started long before television and the movie.

Here is a short but quite informative and entertaining piece on the origins of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What I found quite interesting was that the parade first started at Convent Avenue in Harlem before it was later shortened (from 5 to 2.5 miles). Also, that first parade was only one block long but ended up being much long as spectators joined the procession as it made its way downtown. It was truly a people’s parade back then. It provides pause to contemplate what a wonderful statement could be made if the parade today started in Harlem rather than in the midst of the condos on Central Park West.

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