Thursday, November 14, 2013

I Love a Parade!

I love a parade.
And I am nostalgic for the black and white parades of my youth. For the wonder of something as splendiferous as a giant Bullwinkle balloon!

 Oh! To be on the corner of Herald Square in New York City on Thanksgiving Day! 

 When Pilgrims and turkeys

and marching bands were excitement enough. 

The Bowery Boys@

And at the very end Santa would arrive and take up his station in Macy's.

  I was in my forties before I finally got to ride the wooden escalator up! up! up to the eighth floor and follow the snaking crowd through a winter wonderland and finally ... Santa!
No, that is NOT me in the striped socks and yellow apron!
'The original Macy's parade was held in Haverhill in 1854, where Rowland H. Macy ran a dry goods store before relocating to Manhattan. He started the parades on a larger scale in 1924, and three years later swapped out live animals for animal-shaped balloons. Felix the Cat led the march.

In an act that would horrify the environmentalists of today, the balloons were then released into the New York skyline following the parade. That year they popped, but the balloons came back in 1928 sturdier and affixed with return address labels. Macy's offered handsome rewards to anyone lucky enough to find a balloon.'  - 10 Memorable Moments

Have a Blessed Week
Don't forget to join me at the Nicest Parties Ever.
Inspired Sunday @ Sunday View
Tea time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage 

 Teacup Tuesday @ Artful Affirmations
What's It Wednesday@ Ivy's and Elephants
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 

Cottage Style Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage



  1. Your post made me think (and laugh) about one of my favorite Woody Allen movies, Broadway Danny Rose, where Woody and Mia Farrow are hiding from Mafia hit men in a huge warehouse which just happens to house the Macy's parade balloons. You can just imagine him writing this scene, thinking, 'What's the craziest thing that could be stored in a warehouse?'

  2. Everything was better back then, including parades! I can only imagine how wonderful life must have been. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  3. Oh how I remember being glued to the t.v. to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! I have never been there in person. Maybe some day. Thanks for sharing these wonderful images of the past with SYC.

  4. Oh this brings back memories of watching the parades with my grandparents! What wonderful photos!


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