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Floats & other pictures from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Employees, friends, and families of Macy’s sponsored the store’s first annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 1924, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade soon became the standard that commemorated the official start of the Christmas shopping season.

In 2013, the parade route started at 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession traveled down to Columbus Circle, turned onto Central Park South and marched down via 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the Parade made its final turn west and ended at 7th Avenue — in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

Here’s a look at some of the floats and other action on the ground from the past few years! (Watching it on TV or browsing photos online is a lot easier than getting a good viewing location in person. People arrive as early as 6am — often in very cold weather — for the parade that goes from 9am to noon.)

Santa’s sleigh at the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Santa's sleigh at the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, by Albert Beep Trefts III

 

Sesame Street Hooper’s Store at the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Sesame Street Hooper's Store at the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, by Albert Beep Trefts III

 

The 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013

The 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013 by Anthony Quintano

 

2007 Thanksgiving Day Parade confetti

2007 Thanksgiving Day Parade - confetti by Craig

 

2007 Thanksgiving Day Parade – Jolly Polly

2007 Thanksgiving Day Parade - Jolly Polly by Craig

 

Harajuku Girls in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2008

Harajuku Girls in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2008

 

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012 New York City by Anthony Quintano

 

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013 - by gigi_nyc (1)

 

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013 - by gigi_nyc (2)

 

Miley Cyrus & Bolt parade float 2008

Miley Cyrus & Bolt parade float 2008

Photographs courtesy of: gigi_nyc, Craig, Ben W, Musicwala, Albert “Beep” Trefts III, Anthony Quintano (Creative Commons)

Sources: Macy’s, US Libaray of Congress, US Embassy

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