Old Photos of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  Last modified on November 17th, 2023

With the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade set to take place on November 23, 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.

inflated pig balloon

Along comes his pal, Andy the Alligator.

dinosaur balloon macys parade


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


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


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.


The stars of the show.

Mickey Mouse Balloon Thanksgiving Day Parade

snoopy balloon


These two are from my family’s photo albums.

1976 Thanksgiving day parade

1970s Thanksgiving day parade


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