This Thanksgiving, Macy’s will celebrate it’s 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which has been an annual event since 1924, is expected to draw an estimated 3 million spectators and 50 million television viewers, according the retail store. The holiday tradition has only grown in size and spectacle each year.
In its early years, the event consisted of a parade of zoo animals from the Central Park Zoo. The animals were said to scare small children so, the idea arose to use puppets and balloons instead. Puppets and balloons eventually gave way to floats and marching bands and Broadway performances and celebrities; all leading up to the incredible Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as we know it, today.
Check out our gallery below showing the evolution of the parade from its early years right up until today.