Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Through the Years

Take a look at images of the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade through the years.

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A large outdoor float of Captain Nemo makes its way down the street during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City on Nov. 28, 1929.
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A not-too-ferocious dragon caught the fancy of the crowd at Macy's 1931 Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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A scene from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade along Broadway in New York City on Nov. 30, 1933.
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Superman rises over Times Square to lead the 1940 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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A teddy bear float - one of several earliest floats that came to define New York in November - makes its way down Times Square during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 23, 1945. It's the first parade since the festivities were suspended with the war in 1941.
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Harold the Fireman makes his way through Broadway in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Nov. 25, 1948. The Thanksgiving Day Parade grew in 80 years to entertain millions annually along the streets of New York City.
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Members of the Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes perform in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Nov. 27, 1958. Police reportedly estimated more than 1.2 million people watched the parade that year.
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Popeyes floats above some of the 1,300,000 parade-goers watching the 33rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 26, 1959.
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Comedian Jimmy Durante rides on a Jumbo the elephant float during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 22, 1962.
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Announcer Joe Garagiola reports during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1970.
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Miss America Vanessa Williams joins two members of the 1983 McDonald's All-American High School Band in New York, Nov. 22, 1983, in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Dancers perform in front of Macy's & Co. during the 1983 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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The Pink Panther, a new addition to the cast of balloon characters in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, floats above Broadway in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 24, 1988.
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Kermit the Frog droops after helium escapes from a puncture in his head during the 65th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Nov. 28, 1991.
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Handlers pull Betty Boop past Macy's flagship department store, with the Empire State Building in the background, during the 69th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Nov. 23, 1995.
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A giant balloon of Bart Simpson floats in the air at the 69th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov. 23, 1995, in New York City.
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It's an appealing group effort. Parade participants dressed as bananas during the 1996 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Spectators line the route to watch the 1997 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Jeeves from search engine service Ask Jeeves floats down the streets of Manhattan during the 2000 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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The Radio City Rockettes, holiday favorites for New Yorkers and visitors, perform at the 76th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Herald Square, Nov. 28, 2002, in New York City.
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The Wiggle Worm makes its appearance down Central Park at the 78th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Nov. 26, 2004.
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Spongebob Squarepants floats alongside New York's Columbus Circle during Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on Nov. 24, 2005.
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The Energizer Bunny float balloon as seen at the 81st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 22, 2007.
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A band performs in front of Macy's flagship department store in New York City during the 2009 parade.
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The Pillsbury Doughboy hovers high above Manhattan during the 83rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on Nov. 26, 2009, in New York City.
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Nickelodeon's Victoria Justice rides down Broadway on The Build-a-Bear Float for the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 25, 2010, in New York City.
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The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon makes its way through the streets of Manhattan during the 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 24, 2011, in New York City.
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A float of Santa Claus appears for the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 22, 2012, in New York City.
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A giant Buzz Lightyear balloon march down Sixth Avenue during the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York, New York.
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The red ranger makes his first appearance along Central Park West during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York.
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Balloons of Jake and Finn from popular animated show "Adventure Time" float through the parade route during the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 26, 2015, in New York City.
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Spectators gather during the 90th Macy's Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 24, 2016, in New York City. Security was tight in New York City after ISIS called for supporters to use rented trucks in attacks - similar as the ones operated in France where at least 86 people were killed.
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Pikachu floats down Central Park West during the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 23, 2017, in New York City.
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Tom Turkey headlines the <a href="/entertainment/entertainment-news/Macys-Thanksgiving-Parade-2018-in-Photos-501079601.html" target="_blank">92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Parade</a> once more, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, in New York City.
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