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Check out vintage photos of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

That giant Snoopy float has been rolling down Fifth Avenue in front of thousands of people for a long, long time

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is up, the weather is cooling down and it’s almost time for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! The tradition that began in 1924 is one of the best fall events in NYC, and we’re already looking forward to it. For now, look back on 85 years of photos of the creatures and characters that once took flight on the city streets on Thanksgiving in NYC.

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Miss Muffett float, 1924
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Miss Muffett float, 1924

Balloonatics Float, 1926
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Balloonatics Float, 1926

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Happy Dragon, 1927
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Happy Dragon, 1927

Dachshund, 1929
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Dachshund, 1929

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Left: Eddie Cantor, 1934 Right: Mickey Mouse, 1934
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Left: Eddie Cantor, 1934

Right: Mickey Mouse, 1934

Santa balloon, 1940
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Santa balloon, 1940

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Happy Hippo, 1940s
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Happy Hippo, 1940s

Uncle Sam, 1940s
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Uncle Sam, 1940s

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Tin Man float, 1940s
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Tin Man float, 1940s

Pilgrim balloon, 1946
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Pilgrim balloon, 1946

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Left: Macy’s Elf balloon; 1947 Right: Harold the Fireman, 1948
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Left: Macy’s Elf balloon, 1947; Right: Harold the Fireman, 1948

Harold the Baseball Player, 1949
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Harold the Baseball Player, 1949

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Bullwinkle, 1961
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Bullwinkle, 1961

Peanuts float, 1960s
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Peanuts float, 1960s

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Donald Duck, 1962
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Donald Duck, 1962

Left: Underdog, 1965 Right: Superman, 1966
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Left: Underdog, 1965; Right: Superman, 1966

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Flying Ace Snoopy, 1968
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Flying Ace Snoopy, 1968

Tom Turkey float, 1970s
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Tom Turkey float, 1970s

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Sesame Street float, 1978
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Sesame Street float, 1978

Left: Kermit the Frog, 1977; Right: Woody Woodpecker, 1982
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Left: Kermit the Frog, 1977; Right: Woody Woodpecker, 1982

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Left: Raggedy Ann, 1984; Right:  Betty Boop, 1985
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Left: Raggedy Ann, 1984; Right: Betty Boop, 1985

Pink Panther, 1988
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Pink Panther, 1988

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Left: Clifford, 1990; Right: Spiderman, 1991
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Left: Clifford, 1990; Right: Spiderman, 1991

Charlie Brown, 2002
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Charlie Brown, 2002

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Left: Bandleader Mickey Mouse, 2000; Right: Big Bird, 2001
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Left: Bandleader Mickey Mouse, 2000; Right: Big Bird, 2001

Kermit the Frog, 2002
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Kermit the Frog, 2002

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Strike Up the Band Barney, 2003
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Strike Up the Band Barney, 2003

Barney’s Playtime in the Park, 2002
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Barney’s Playtime in the Park, 2002

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Lego float, 2002
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Lego float, 2002

Humpty Dumpty by Tom Otterness, 2005
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Humpty Dumpty by Tom Otterness, 2005

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Soaring Spirit Canoe, 2000s
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Soaring Spirit Canoe, 2000s

Barbie: The Prince & the Pauper float, 2004
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Barbie: The Prince & the Pauper float, 2004

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Rabbit by Jeff Koons, 2007
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Rabbit by Jeff Koons, 2007

Left: Figure with Heart by Keith Haring, 2008; Right: Right: Kaikai and Kiki by Takashi Murakami, 2010
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Left: Figure with Heart by Keith Haring, 2008; Right: Kaikai and Kiki by Takashi Murakami, 2010

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Tim Burton’s B., 2011
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Tim Burton’s B., 2011

Companion by KAWS, 2012
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Companion by KAWS, 2012

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