The famous Thanksgiving Day Parade was originally the Christmas Day Parade. It was first held in 1924 when workers dressed as clowns, cowboys, and as cartoon characters and rode on creative floats with the Central Park Zoo animals through Manhattan. Since then it became a beloved tradition. In 1927 the first giant balloon inflated with helium was used in the parade. It was Felix the Cat, which the organizers let fly off. Now the parade is watched by around 3 million people live and 44 million on television. It's one of America's most popular and extravagant celebrations. Aside from the famous giant character balloons, the parade features hundreds of cheerleaders, clowns, floats, marching bands, and renowned performers. This vibrant and colourful event is worth seeing live at least once. Make sure to wear hard shoes, because your feet will often be stepped on.
November 26, 2020
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