A flying fish hovers over Central Park West, circa 1941. Image via Black Watch
For many, the last Thursday of November doesn’t feel right unless it’s spent indulging in borderline gluttony, watching a football game or two, and catching coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Since 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been an American institution, giving families everywhere the opportunity to sit back, relax, and revel in the spectacle of a larger-than-life inflatable Pillsbury Doughboy, or a Bart Simpson float bigger than the average residential home.
As it turns out, floats were just as over-the-top when the Macy’s tradition began. We’ve complied some of our favorite vintage Thanksgiving Day Parade floats for your viewing pleasure — scroll through to see how much things have (and haven’t) changed over the years!
Left: A gigantic crybaby surprises onlookers in Manhattan, circa 1934. Right: A larger-than-life float made to look like Eddie Cantor, a performer who did everything from Vaudeville to film and radio, parades down Broadway, circa 1934. Images via Black Watch.
Image via Black Watch
Images via Black Watch
Do you plan on watching tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day parade?