Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an amazing tradition that each year has people cheering on the streets of New York or glued to their TV sets all over the US. But can you imagine how the floats looked 72 years ago?
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a must every year when celebrating Thanksgiving, and it marks the beginning of the Holiday Season in the United States. Each parade floods the streets of New York with people cheering and children gasping in awe at the magnificent floats from their favorite cartoon characters, while the rest of the country watches attentively through their TV sets from east to west coast.
Each year, the floats become bigger, more imaginative, and a lot more spectacular than the past. But, have you ever wondered how this same parade looked umm, let say, 72 years ago? Well, there’s a way you can have a look.
Tom Pappalardo, a designer from Massachusetts, found an 8mm reel from the 1939 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at a junk shop and kept it with his collection of “mystery reels” for over a decade! He held onto the real without ever even watching it, until this year when he went through his collection of 8mm reels and found this footage of the parade.
When you compare the floats today to those of 1939 it amazing the huge difference of size and the characters chosen, in the footage we can see Pinnochio, Snoopy Sniffer, the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz, Old King Cole, Uncle Sam, and even Gulliver.