10. The Macy’s Parade was originally a Christmas Parade

1st Santa Float 1924. Photograph Courtesy of Macy’s, Inc.

In 1924, the first “Macy’s Christmas Parade” was held on Thanksgiving. It was organized by a handful of Macy’s employees dressed in costumes with entertainers, floats and Santa Claus. Their goal was to celebrate the expanding of the Macy’s flagship Manhattan store, which called itself “The World’s Largest Store.”

This parade was so successful that Macy’s decided to hold one every year, and it became the “Thanksgiving Parade” in 1932.

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