Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  This is my favorite holiday of the year.  I always wake up with much anticipation for the day.  After making a pot of Thanksgiving Blend coffee from Starbucks, I’ll enjoy it while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  I have been spending the holiday morning doing this for many years.  Seeing Tom Turkey kick off the parade is exciting every year!

TomTurkey©Macy’s, Inc

Did you know that they use the same floats year after year as well as balloons?  Each year, some are the same, and some are reworked into something new.  I think my favorite float would have to be the Marion-Carole Showboat float which has been in the parade more than 35 years.  It is one of the few times I have seen my name on something spelled with the E!  Usually the performer on that float is one I like to see.  The Big Apple float is also a favorite.

MarionCarole  BigApple

©Macy’s, Inc

Sometimes the balloons get a change of clothes.  In 1946 Harold was a baseball player, and had a role in the 1947 release of Miracle on 34th Street.  At another time, the same balloon was a Harold the Fireman.  The Macy’s Parade website says this was 1948.  But, the same site says the baseball player was 1949, when we know it was 1946 because of the movie.

HaroldBallplayer  HaroldFireman

©Macy’s, Inc

The scenes of the parade in the movie were made in 1946, the year before it was released, with the actual parade seen through the window!  They had to time the scene to correspond with the appearance of the baseball player to match the script.  Plus, all the parade scenes had to be shot that morning, as doing them over wasn’t possible.

Natalie-Wood-and-John-Payne-watching-parade©Twentieth Century Fox

Edmund Gwenn was really Santa Claus in 1946 so the scenes could be shot with him in them.  I love this version of Miracle on 34th Street, and I’ll watch it sometime this weekend.  None of the remakes have even come close.

EdmundGwynn©Macy’s, Inc

Santa©Twentieth Century Fox

 Snoopy is a classic too.

snoopy ©Macy’s, Inc

 They even have floats perfect for foodies!  The one on the left is by Lindt called The Enchanting World of Chocolate.  And on the right is Domino Sugar’s Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations.

WorldChocolate  Sugar

©Macy’s, Inc

And more floats!!

Celebearation CentralPark

Sesame 83rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

 ©Macy’s, Inc

A couple of years ago I started a Pinterest board to save pictures of the iconic parade – Thanksgiving Parade!!  I wish I could share more of them on the blog, but you’ll just have to go to the link to see them.  There are images pinned from before WWII, modern images, and even some from Miracle on 34th Street.   Images I have used here are from the Macy’s media release, and are used with permission.

The holidays are now officially on, so I wish you all a very merry season!


2 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. I enjoyed the photos’. I too, have my cup of coffee and watch the parade, so nice. I have a question for you, a while ago you showed the pantograph Luscious Leaves; would you be willing to share with me where you purchased it?

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