After a few close calls, the practice of releasing the balloons
is stopped in the interest of public safety.
Celebrities, such as Benny Goodman and Harpo Marx, join in the Thanksgiving
Tony Sarg and Walt Disney create balloons including Mickey Mouse,
the Big Bad Wolf, the Little Pig, and Pluto.
Children’s comic book favorites, including Superman, are introduced,
paving the way for pop culture icons to be incorporated into the
Stars including Jackie Gleason, Shirley Temple, and Jimmy Durante,
join the parade.
The pParade telecast moves to NBC after a two-year stint with CBS.
Macy’s and NBC have enjoyed a broadcast relationship ever
Popeye the Sailorman sails into the parade.
Air-filled balloons are brought down the parade route on cranes
due to a helium shortage.
The first year the Parade featured sports champions, including Willie
Mays, Otto Graham, Jack Dempsey, and Ralph Terry.
The Elsie the Cow Balloon heralds the arrival of the World’s
Fair in Queens, New York. Also this year: The parade marches on
as floats are draped in black the week following the assassination
of President Kennedy.
Macy’s Parade Studio moves to its current home in Hoboken,
NJ, in the former Tootsie Roll factory.
Lorne Greene and Betty White host the telecast from 1962 to71. In
1962, Tony Bennett first appears and will return in 2001.
The Dino the Dinosaur Balloon is inducted into the American Museum
of Natural History as an honorary member.
"Parade Lady" Jean McFaddin, who will become a 24-year
Macy’s veteran, takes the helm of the parade.
Carson sidekick Ed McMahon co-hosts from 1971 to 1981.
Sesame Street’s Big Bird flies for the first time in the parade.
In 2001, a brand-new Big Bird Balloon was introduced.
The parade takes to the street despite its first snow storm.
Diana Ross and Sammy Davis, Jr. are just two of the celebrities
from the film, television, and music worlds to join the fun.
Sonic the Hedgehog Balloon introduces the first video game character
to the line up.
Rugrats becomes the parade’s first three-character balloon.
Ask Jeeves becomes the first Internet-inspired character.
Pop and country stars such as Shania Twain and NSYNC take center
The Parade welcomes "Bandleader Mickey" – the third
time the beloved Mickey Mouse has made an appearance.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates 75 years of making
magic for the holidays!