First Macy Parade, November 27, 1924

Modeled after European holiday traditions Macy’s first parade was held on November 27th 1924. Walking in the parade were costumed Macy employees, many of them first generation immigrants who wanted to include Old Country traditions into their New World Thanksgiving celebration. Live bands, floats and live animals accompanied the stores employees as they marched from New York City’s 145 Street to 34th Street.

Held on Thanksgiving Day, the first parade was called “Macy’s Christmas Parade”, in 1925 it was renamed “the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a name it still holds.


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