Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade - Trivia -
Macy's employees staged the first parade in 1924 - it was so successful that they decided to make it an annual event.
The first character balloon to make an appearance at the parade was Felix the Cat in 1927. In 1934 Macy's worked with Disney for the first time to create the original Mickey Mouse balloon.
The only interruption in the parade's history was from 1942-44. Macy's gave their parade balloons to the war effort since rubber was so scarce.
The parade was first televised in New York in 1945, and that same year the Macy's parade began using the route that is still followed today.
Floats must travel through the Lincoln Tunnel to get to Manhattan for the parade. A 24 foot wide, 40 foot high float has to fold up to an 8 foot wide and 12 1/2 food high float in order to get through.
There was a helium shortage in 1958 that forced the
balloons to be filled with air and hung from cranes instead of the traditional floating and bobbing.
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