4 minutes of Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, 1945

Didn’t get up in time to watch this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade—in person or on TV?

No problem. Instead, travel back in time to 1945 and take a look at this vintage parade footage, which offers excellent views of mid-century Central Park West, clowns who are not scary, and parade floats inspired by fairy tales rather than blockbuster movies.

1945 was a milestone year for the parade, which started in 1924: it had been suspended for the three previous years because of rubber and helium shortages brought on by World War II, according to AM New York.

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7 Responses to “4 minutes of Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, 1945”

  1. Handelman Says:

    the embedded video didnt come through in the email version

  2. The Hatching Cat Says:

    I enjoyed watching this more than the parade that’s on TV right now — such simpler times, no worries about terrorism, no commercialized floats — oh, to only be able to go back in time…

  3. Mk Says:

    That made me incredibly sad! Beautiful voice but so sad!

  4. Paul Says:

    Wow! So nice. Song was very touching, sort of speaking to those of us who romanticize the past.

  5. Alma Carey Says:

    My Aunt Blanche worked at Macy’s as the head creator of the cocktail hats in their millinery boutique She was proud of walking in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in the Humpty Dumpty segment.

  6. Rick Wagner Says:

    Another unexpected star of this footage is the buff colored brick building that keeps appearing at the left side of this footage. It is The Dakota, the famous apartment building at 72nd and Central Park West which was the home of such stars as Roberta Flack, and Lauren Bacall. Unfortunately, it was also the home of John Lennon who was killed just outside the building.

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