Old Photos of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

With the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade set to return in-person this year, we thought it’d be a good time to admire the annual event’s glory days. All photos below are courtesy of the New York Public Library (except for the last two).

1932:

An inflated pig (named Jerry) floats around Columbus Circle.

inflated pig balloon

Along comes his pal, Andy the Alligator.

dinosaur balloon macys parade

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They also had an ostrich back then.

ostrich balloon

… and a character called “The Turk,” who apparently wasn’t very popular. He made his debut in 1929, and 1932 was his last year.

The Turk Balloon

1933:

The description for this photo just says it’s a “fat man in a bathing suit,” which appears to be accurate.

fat man bathing suit

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1940 – 1979:

(More specific dates aren’t provided for these photos)

Old Macys Parade Photo

Spectators looking thrilled.

spectators macys thanksgiving day parade

old thanksgiving day parade nyc

A few more smiles.

This guy is perfect in every way.

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The stars of the show.

Mickey Mouse Balloon Thanksgiving Day Parade

snoopy balloon

1976:

These two are from my family’s photo albums.

1976 Thanksgiving day parade

1970s Thanksgiving day parade




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