Hold on to your turkey feathers and pilgrim hats, it’s time for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. With the heartiest holiday approaching, we are already setting our channels to NBC and our alarms to 9 a.m. in preparation for the three-hour spectacle.
Ninety-four years after the inaugural parade in 1924, this year’s show features performances from Diana Ross, Bazzi, John Legend, Rita Ora and Sugarland, among others. There will be new floats and balloons as well as familiar faces like Charlie Brown and Ronald McDonald.
To get excited for the excitement to come, we looked back at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades from years past and found some gems.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1929.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1930.
Floats were introduced into the parade in 1927, which were not only constructed differently than modern floats, but also took fewer people and less manpower to maneuver.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1986.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1990.
As time passed and film developed from black and white to color, the floats and scenery of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade changed as well.
As seen in shots from the 1986 and 1990 parades, we were introduced to classic floats