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).
An inflated pig (named Jerry) floats around Columbus Circle.
Along comes his pal, Andy the Alligator.
They also had an ostrich back then.
… 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 description for this photo just says it’s a “fat man in a bathing suit,” which appears to be accurate.
1940 – 1979:
(More specific dates aren’t provided for these photos)
Spectators looking thrilled.
A few more smiles.
This guy is perfect in every way.
The stars of the show.
These two are from my family’s photo albums.