The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is set to take center stage once again in 2019.
Now in its 93rd year, the celebration is hailed as one of America’s iconic holiday traditions.
The event is a combination of beloved classics and new attractions. Spectators fill the parade route to witness one of the largest parades in the world that is considered the kickoff to the Christmas season along with millions of television viewers.
The origins of the celebration are attributed to Louis Bamberger. The festivities started as a Christmas event.
The first parade was held in 1924, with over 250,000 in attendance. Through the 1930s, the celebration continued to gain in popularity. However, it was suspended from 1942-1944 because of WWII. The parade resumed in 1945 and gained national notoriety thanks to the 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street. The first network television broadcast took place in 1948.
For more than nine decades, the magic of the holiday season has begun with the march of the Macy’s Parade, as the spectacle enthralls the nation with its signature mix of whimsical elements and dazzling performances.
For the 93rd edition, the lineup will feature 16 giant character balloons; 40 novelty balloons, heritage balloons, balloonists, balloon heads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 11 marching bands.
“Spectacle is synonymous with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and each year we aim to create an even bigger one than the last, with incredible must-see entertainment for millions of spectators nationwide,” said Susan Tercero, executive producer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “Featuring an amazing lineup of high-flying character balloons, jaw-dropping animated floats, world-class marching bands and performance groups, artists covering a variety of musical genres, and of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus, we are ‘Parade Ready’ and can’t wait to take to the streets of New York City to once again herald the arrival of the holiday season.”
The parade is held annually in Manhattan and lasts for three hours from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thanksgiving Day. The event has been broadcast nationally on NBC since 1952.
Information courtesy of Christine Olver Nealon of Macy’s.