I love a parade!
Today's Friday Fun Facts are all about the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. I'll admit I don't always get up in time to see it OR I'm busy helping my mom get ready for the hungry hordes but, when I have the chance, I enjoy watching. The balloons! The bands! The lip-synching folks with CDs to sell. LOL

Here we go!

> The very first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in 1924 didn't have balloons. Instead, real live animals were borrowed from the Central Park Zoo.

These guys could have been in the parade!!

Or, even better, these guys!

> Felix the Cat was the first ever balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

> The only interruption in the parade's history was from 1942-44. Macy's gave their parade balloons to the war effort since rubber was so scarce.

> The parade was first televised in New York in 1945, and that same year the Macy's parade began using the route that is still followed today.

> The custom of signaling the end of the parade by ushering in a float of Santa Claus - and thus kicking off the Christmas shopping season - was started at the first parade.

Trivia found at AssociatedContent.com

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At 6:11 PM, Blogger CindyS

Super cool! I can't say I have the patience to watch parades but I do love the tradition of it.

And you've done something around here, can't quite put my finger on it but .... I'm feeling the spirit. Hmmmm.



At 6:23 PM, Blogger C2

I'll admit the only parade I have much patience for is the Rose Parade - and even then I make sure I have a book or my MacBook with me.

Done something different?? I don't know what you mean... *looks innocent while humming "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"*