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The Only Times The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Was Canceled

  The Only Times The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Was Canceled It might be an unofficial piece of American popular culture, but no less iconic for all of that: the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade hosted by Macy's.According to USA Today, the parade was only 17 years old by the time the U.S. entered the war. However, Macy's president Jack I. Straus said he found it difficult to cancel the parade in 1942 because the event was already so popular. Nonetheless, he felt it would be "a heedless waste" of rubber, gasoline, and manpower when those things were needed elsewhere (via The New York Times).

The streets of New York will be filled with holiday cheer and parade-goers lined up to get a glimpse of festive floats and towering balloons for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.

In the decades following Macy's first holiday parade in 1924, the event has evolved into an hours-long celebration featuring celebrity appearances and performers. It attracts huge audiences, in person and on live TV, from around the world.

Watching the event has become a Thanksgiving tradition in homes across the country. Sneak a peek at the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade floats and balloons ahead of the parade.

See what’s new for 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the weather organizers are watching for

  See what’s new for 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the weather organizers are watching for Preparations are underway for the 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will feature 16 giant balloons, 28 floats, 12 marching bands, musical stars and the one-and-only Santa Claus.The parade has been a staple in the country since 1924, and despite economic turmoil, a global pandemic and even frigid temperatures, the show has gone on – only being halted once by a world war.The designs of the parade’s balloons have changed over the decades and have evolved into helium monstrosities requiring around 90 handlers for each flying act.

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