Fun Facts About The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Since 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has been the official kickoff of the holiday season. The parade is in the heart of the streets of Manhattan, and it’s a spectacle for more than 50 million viewers.

But, even if you’ve grown up watching the parade every single year, there’s so much you probably never knew about the festivities itself. When you’re at the table with your family this year, you might want to drop one of these bits of information into the conversation.

It Was Originally A Christmas Themed Parade

The parade would march down to Macy’s store on 34th Street. All along the route, the parade was welcomed by huge crowds that a large force of cops had to try and deal with.

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Over 10,000 people watched Santa, who rode on a float designed to look like a sleigh being pulled by reindeer.