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The history of Macy's Thanksgiving Parade: 5 things you may not know

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Do you love watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on television? If you do, float on over to these five fun historical facts.

(CNN) — Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a tradition for decades -- not only for New York City but for a TV-watching nation as well.

But this year, New York officials can't allow the millions who traditionally line the Manhattan parade route to gather.

Instead, the parade will be held in a relatively small area near Macy's flagship store at Herald Square and limited only to participants.

In celebration, employees organized a Christmas parade in 1924 featuring "floats, bands, animals from the zoo and 10,000 onlookers," according to a Macy's history page.

Three years later, the Christmas Parade was renamed the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The parade was first televised in 1946 in New York and then nationally on NBC the next year.

In 1957, a wet day got wetter for people near a Popeye balloon: The character's hat filled with water and drenched parade watchers.

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