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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Making its debut in 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has secured its spot as one of the most extravagant celebrations in the entire country.  Originally named the Macy’s Christmas Day Parade, and now commonly referred to as the Macy’s Day Parade, this vibrant, colorful gathering lures in 44 million television viewers and 3 million live viewers every year.

 The parade New York showcases annually has always aired in Manhattan, with the exception of 1942 to 1944 when the parade was temporarily suspended during World War II.  First televised in 1939, the three hour event  takes place at 9am on Thanksgiving Day and has always unveiled a visit from Santa.  The 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade featured over 1600 cheerleaders and dancers, 850 clowns, 15 giant character balloons, 27 floats, 12 marching bands, 43 novelty, ornament balloons, balloonheads, and balloonicles, and a plethora of marvelous performers including Kanye West and Carrie Underwood.

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