Macy's creates iconic tradition 

By Caden Clausen Danville, Ill. - How well do you know the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? This year marks the 85th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade has been a part of many people’s lives since they were born and it is hard to imagine a Thanksgiving without that iconic parade with extravagant floats, balloons, and theatrics.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been around ever since most people can remember. The parade first was broadcasted on television in 1932, but it's been going on for even longer than that. When the parade first began, it was broadcasted on the radio in 1924. Surprisingly, the parade wasn’t always held in New York City. The real birth of the parade was in Newark, New Jersey, by a man named Louis Bamberger.

How many people would you expect to show up at the parade 45,000? 250,000? The correct answer isn’t even close to either. The New York City Tourist says, “...The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade NY has been a Big Apple tradition since 1924, Attracting more than 3.5 million to the streets of New York City.” The NYC Tourist also commented that the parade rakes in 50 million viewers nationwide each year.

I really enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and so do many other people. According to, over 3.5 million people spectators were expected to brave the Manhattan cold in 2016. Forbes also said, “Last year, the event averaged 22.3 million viewers on NBC.” The parade is loved by the people. How could you not love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

If you enjoy the parade, there are many things you can do to enjoy it. The most obvious is to watch the parade on television, but why do that when there are more enjoyable options? If the funds are there you could take a trip to Manhattan and experience the parade in person. If crowds aren't your thing you can still enjoy the parade. A sophomore who lives in Danville, Ill., said, “I love the parade. I've been watching it since I can remember.” However you watch, the parade is a very iconic event.

The main reason the parade is so iconic is their floats. They get new ones every year but keep the classics. For example, a favorite is the Turkey and Spongebob floats. People enjoy seeing the music and theatrics every year as well as the balloons and floats.

Posted by BartlettJ On 18 December, 2017 at 9:24 AM