Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade- 1957 Popeye the Sailor
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is as big part of the Thanksgiving holiday as football and turkey. Across the nation, approximately 50 million people tune in to watch the parade every year while 3.5 million New Yorkers watch it live. Did you know the first ever Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started over 90 years ago in 1924? Originally the parade was held to celebrate Macy’s grand opening of the “World’s Largest Store” with 1 million square feet of shopping retail. The parade was meant to create buzz about the store in time for the Christmas holiday shopping season. Nobody could have guessed that it would start a holiday tradition nearly a century later. Over the years, however, there have been a number of accidents associated with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons.
Kermit the Frog 1985
Kermit the Frog ran into trouble on November 28th when his belly got caught on a tree and was punctured. The results was a giant green frog slowly deflating to the ground as millions watched. Kermit had to be carried away by its handlers afterwards.