America’s preeminent ‘Thanksgiving Parade’ is an important tradition. It was first held in the year 1924 in Detroit down to Woodward Avenue. The parade began on a very small scale, its popularity grew with each passing year, and after almost 24 years of the parade tradition, it was televised locally in 1948. Fours years later in 1952 the parade received national coverage.
Thanksgiving parades also occur in other cities like Plymouth, Houston, Philadelphia and Detroit (where it is the only major parade of the year).
Important Features of Thanksgiving Parade
Important features of the parade are moving stands with specific themes, scenes from Broadway plays, large balloons of cartoon characters and TV personalities, and high school marching bands. The parade comes to an end with Santa Claus’s image passing the stands.
Among the new balloons is Pokemon character Pikachu, a new animated movie star named Jimmy Neutron, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese mascot Cheeseasaurus Rex, a 60-years-young Curious George, and an old familiar face making a much-anticipated return to the parade—Big Bird.
To help celebrate its diamond anniversary, parade organizers are also bringing back smaller recreations of past ballons. Grandparents and parents might recognize balloons such as the Hippopotamus, Toy Soldier, the Elf, and Harold the Fireman, all of which debuted in the 1940s.
Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at home in your pajamas with a mug of hot chocolate certainly has its appeal, but catching it live on the streets of New York is an experience every city kid should have at least once.