Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2009
Macy’s 83rd annual Thanksgiving Parade, held in New York City this year on November 26, continued a tradition started in 1924, 85 years ago. The retail company is hosting photographs and videos submitted by viewers online at the Macy’s Community site.
Macy’s Christmas Parade in 1924 was staged by Macy’s employees and professional entertainers who marched from 145th Street in Harlem to Macy’s store on 34th Street. The Balloon Animals tradition started in 1927 when Goodyear entered Felix the Cat in the procession. The event has been held every year but for the years 1942, 1943 and 1944.
New balloons in 2009 were the Pillsbury Doughboy, Mickey Mouse (4th version; “sailor Mickey”), Ronald McDonald (3rd version), and Spider-Man (2nd version). Broadway shows portrayed this year were Billy Elliot, Bye, Bye Birdie, Hair and Shrek.
Here’s a preview provided by Macy’s on their YouTube channel.
Katharine McPhee, runner up in the fifth season of American Idol in 2006, was one of the star performers on the street below Macy’s Store in 34th Street.
Other performers included Alan Cumming, Andrea Bocelli, Boys Like Girls, Billy Currington, Carly Simon, Charlie Brown, Linus & Lucy, DJ Lance Rock, Gloria Gaynor, Grandma, Bello & the Big Apple Circus Cast, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Keke Palmer, Kermit the Frog & Tiffany Thornton, Miss America Katie Stam, Mitchel Musso, Ronald McDonald and McKids, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Seneca Dance Group, Sesame Street Cast and Muppets, Smurfette and Papa Smurf, The Pizzarelli Quartet, The Cast of “Yo Gabba Gabba” and Ziggy Marley with Judah Marley.