Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Arcadia Publishing, 2004 - History - 160 pages
"Let's have a parade" is the phrase that begins a beloved American tradition, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 1924, employees of the R. H. Macy and Company store in Herald Square, many of whom were immigrants and first-generation Americans, chose to give thanks for their good fortune in a manner reminiscent of the festive parades held in their native countries. The excitement and praise from crowds lining the route that first year led Macy's to issue an immediate proclamation: the parade would become a tradition. Before the parade's first decade passed, Macy's welcomed the huge and spectacular helium character balloons that became its goodwill ambassadors.
Since then, the parade has become a world-famous treasure. Through rare and historic images, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade offers readers a chance to reminisce, explore, and delight in eighty years of this thoroughly American celebration.

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Wonderful history book on the wonderful Parade!

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As a huge fan of the Macys Parade I was thrilled to hear about this book. Once I received the book and saw the wonderful cover I sensed this book was the real deal and that the book had a wonderful ... Read full review

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I loved how it focused on the older floats! Also, I thought it was very nice how the book was dedicated to all the Macy's employees who missed Thanksgiving to help make the parade a success. Read full review


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About the author (2004)

Robert M. Grippo, a frequent participant in the parade, has been researching the history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for many years. Driven by his passion for the event, he compiled this work with the help of Christopher Hoskins, a professional photographer, and the special assistance of Macy's Annual Events, the New York Daily News, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and the University of Akron.

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