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Look for Melanie in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

thanksgivingWe are so excited Learning ZoneXpress Founder Melanie Nelson is going to march in the Macy’s Day Parade this year. It’s so exciting. In preparation, we tried to do a little research on the parade and were delighted to find a fun article on  Everything You Didn't Know About The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Here are the highlights – along with a wish that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Every day we are thankful for you!!

  1. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in 1924 and was actually called “The Christmas Parade.”
  2. The first parade to feature a giant balloon was in 1927, Felix the Cat.
  3. Shockingly enough, at the end of each parade the giant helium-filled balloons were released into the air and would float over New York for roughly a week. A $100 prize was given to whoever retrieved the balloon after it deflated.elf balloon
  4. The practice stopped in 1933 after a pilot died crashing his plane in an attempt to capture the balloon.
  5. 1942 to 1944 were the only three years the parade did not occur due to helium shortages during World War II.
  6. Macy’s is the second largest consumer of helium after the U.S. government.
  7. In 1946, when the parade’s starting line was moved to 77th and Central Park West, it drew in a record-setting 2 million live spectators.
  8. The parade was first televised locally in 1946 and nationally in 1947.
  9. Due to another helium shortage in 1958, the balloons were carried down Broadway on construction cranes.
  10. In 1963, the parade was nearly canceled due to the assassination of JFK just one week earlier. Instead, the show continued, giving some much needed happiness to a grieving nation.
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