Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Raven Barton, Features Copy Editor

For 89 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been known to kick off the holiday season. More than 3.5 million people travel from all over the world to see the parade in the streets of New York City, and over 50 million people watch the event at home.

All attendees see giant balloons, floats, performances and much more. Originally called the Macy’s Christmas Parade, the parade was moved to Thanksgiving Day, starting in 1924 by Macy’s employees. The parade had previously featured animals from the Central Park Zoo but then switched to large balloons in 1927.

Those attending the parade are typically prepared for the weather. The parade tends to be freezing and windy, so the attendees tend to dress warmly, just in case.

“It’s always fun to see the huge balloons and see all the people marching in the parade but it’s freezing cold. I suggest bringing an extra coat, mittens and blankets if going to see the parade in person,” said Daniela Delgado, sophomore.

The parade brings people together around New York and the rest of the country when they watch it. Volunteers and fans put in effort and support into it, so it is enjoyable for families to watch. The parade creates many childhood memories and is a tradition for many families to go and watch it.

“I like the parade because it’s enjoyable to watch, and it brings my family together. I always love to see the floats and balloons. All my family sits in the living room and has fun watching it,” said Madelyn Martin, sophomore.

Starting off the lineup for this year’s parade, the “Big Apple Float” will be the first float and the event will end with the “The Santaland Express Locomotive and Coal Car Float.” The starter of the giant balloons will be “Hello Kitty” and the last will be “Paddington.”

“The Snoopy and Woodstock balloon is my favorite. It is adorable. I love seeing it fly in the air. I think they should include more characters from Charlie Brown in the parade,” Martin said.

The Thanksgiving Turkey Float is also featured in the parade, honoring Thanksgiving Day. Santa Claus ends the parade in his sleigh, waving to the crowd, which officially begins the start of the holiday season for many.