11 Rare Old Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Photos

By Deb Street

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, so how about we take a stroll down memory lane and check out these old Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade photos.


Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition started in 1924. Back then it was called the Christmas Parade where animals from the Central Park Zoo were the highlight of the event.

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Central Park Zoo elephants join the parade in 1954. │ AP Images

In 1927, the first float which was of Felix the Cat joined the annual parade.

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More gigantic inflatable balloons were added to the much awaited parade in 1928.


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A Captain Nemo float, sans the submarine, graced the 1929 parade.

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1930 Thanksgiving Day parade

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A cat float being dragged by clowns during a 1931 parade.

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Butler balloon, 1933

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A four-story Superman balloon

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