A Fun Look at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades of the Past!

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I love a parade! 

Well, Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and that means it’s time for the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City!

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This footage of the 1939 Macy’s parade was found on an 8mm reel in a junk shop in western Massachusetts by Tom Pappalardo of Standard Design. He held onto the “mystery reel” for a decade before deciding to watch it! When he finally viewed it, he discovered the rare COLOR footage of the parade featuring a Pinocchio with a GIANT INFLATED NOSE…

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The Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz…WHICH PREMIERED THAT YEAR!!

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AND MORE!

WATCH:

This is interesting: From 1962 to 1971, Lorne Green and Betty White hosted the parade!

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This 1960s newsreel about the parade features The Munsters!! In their HOT ROD, the MUNSTER KOACH!!

WATCH:

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image via Car Lust

Did you know?

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated just FOUR days before the parade and it was nearly cancelled. According to Macy’s though, the Kennedy family called them and asked for the parade to go on, because “the children need it.”

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Bullwinkle, 1963 (image via NY Daily News)

Snoopy has been a part of the Thanksgiving Day parade since 1968! Look at Snoopy through some of the other years HERE.

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The Bugaloos showed up in their green dune buggy in 1973!

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image via The Bugaloos

In 1978, daredevil Evil Knievel appeared in the parade on a giant white motorcycle!

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photo by Gerry McGee

Remember in 2008, when Rick Astley RICKROLLED the parade?!

LASTLY…here’s a SUPER-SECRET SNEAK PEEK of the 2016 parade…

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Just kidding, this is a painting by Ryan Sanchez!

Watch this year’s parade on NBC from 9 AM to Noon (EST) on Thanksgiving Day!

  • Helen Gircko

    I’d like to participate in it….in any past, present or future year. Many thanks for the unique information, Pee-wee. Have a great day!

  • Robert Raymond Britz

    Very cool and informative post Pee Wee! It was interesting to learn that The Munsters car at the time was called The Munster Koach and not The Dragula as we know it now. Moreover, it’s a shame they have never created a float with the fam of the playhouse! I think it would make a magical float! I imagine a bright colorful float depicting the playhouse and all its inhabitants plus a reunion of familiar faces! Guess who whould head it off?..,You!;) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend!;)

  • Candy T

    I love the Macy’s Day Parade it’s amazing!!! Thanks k you for sharing have a wonderful Thanksgiving Paul!!! Look what I got;)

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  • Amanda Dushan

    Thanks for sharing these awesome floats with us. I love The Bullwinkle and Snoopy floats. Too bad that the Pee-Wee float wasn’t going to appear in this year’s parade! Though, Ryan did an excellent job painting the picture.
    Have a great Thanksgiving, Paul.

  • Robert Raymond Britz

    Thanks! I had no idea. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!;)

  • Pinky

    90 years in the books. It was a great one this year!