Before it became the national spectacle it is today, the first parade in 1924 was a relatively modest assembly of Macy’s workers, elephants, monkeys, camels, Broadway performers, and small floats.
Take a look at archive photos of Macy’s first parade.
On Thanksgiving morning in 1924, Macy’s procession launched as the Christmas Parade.
Macy’s was not the first company to have a parade like this. In 1920, Philadelphia’s Gimbel Brothers Department Store staged a Thanksgiving parade with 50 people, 15 cars, and a fireman dressed as Santa Claus.
The performers marched 6 miles, starting from the intersection of 145th Street and Convent Avenue in Upper Manhattan.
Source: The New York Times
Approximately 250,000 people attended.
Source: The New Jersey Star-Ledger
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