Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons being inflated with the Museum of Natural History in the background. West 77th street and Central Park West. New York City, New York.
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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual parade presented by Macy's. The tradition started in 1924, In 1924, the inaugural parade (originally known as the Macy's Christmas Parade and later the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Christmas Parade was staged by the store.
Employees and professional entertainers marched from 145th Street in Harlem to Macy's flagship store on 34th Street dressed in costumes.There were floats, professional bands and live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. At the end of that first parade, as has been the case with every parade since, Santa Claus was welcomed.
Large animal-shaped balloons, produced by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, replaced the live animals in 1927 when the Felix the Cat balloon made its debut. Felix was filled with air, but by the next year, helium was used to fill the expanding cast of balloons.
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At the finale of the 1928 parade, the balloons were released into the sky where they unexpectedly burst. The following year they were redesigned with safety valves to allow them to float for a few days. Address labels were sewn into them, so that whomever found and mailed back the discarded balloon received a gift from Macy's