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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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Jillian Anthony
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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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Balloonatics Float, 1926
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Happy Dragon, 1927
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Dachshund, 1929
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Left: Eddie Cantor, 1934

Right: Mickey Mouse, 1934

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Santa balloon, 1940
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Happy Hippo, 1940s
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Uncle Sam, 1940s
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Tin Man float, 1940s
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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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Harold the Baseball Player, 1949
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Bullwinkle, 1961
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Peanuts float, 1960s
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Donald Duck, 1962
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Left: Underdog, 1965; Right: Superman, 1966
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Flying Ace Snoopy, 1968
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Tom Turkey float, 1970s
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Sesame Street float, 1978
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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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Pink Panther, 1988
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Left: Clifford, 1990; Right: Spiderman, 1991
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Charlie Brown, 2002
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Left: Bandleader Mickey Mouse, 2000; Right: Big Bird, 2001
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Kermit the Frog, 2002
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Strike Up the Band Barney, 2003
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Barney’s Playtime in the Park, 2002
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Lego float, 2002
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Humpty Dumpty by Tom Otterness, 2005
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Soaring Spirit Canoe, 2000s
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Barbie: The Prince & the Pauper float, 2004
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Rabbit by Jeff Koons, 2007
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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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Companion by KAWS, 2012
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