On Thursday 28th November 2019 it was the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. One of the biggest in the world and the American’s official start of the Christmas period. Here are 31 Nice Little Numbers about it to give you a flavour.
1 93 The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, now in it’s 93rd year, is a time-honored tradition that
marks the start of the holiday season.
2 1924 The parade, which first kicked off in 1924, with a brief hiatus between 1942 and 1944 due to
World War II,
3 2.5 2.5-mile parade route
4 3.5m The event draws a staggering 3.5 million spectators
5 8,000 Over 8,000 people participate in the event
6 9.00am It kicked off at 77th Street and Central Park at 9 a.m on Thursday 28th November 2019
7 50 Over 50 balloons weree included in this year’s parade
8 16 16 giant character helium balloons
9 40 40 novelty, heritage and specialty balloons
10 26 Twenty-six floats were in the Parade
11 400 escorted by 400 float attendants
12 60 The largest float, Santa’s Sleigh, measuring 60 feet long and 3 1/2 stories tall.
13 2,793 11 marching bands, comprised of approximately 2,793 total members
14 600 10 performance groups, comprised of 600 cheerleaders and 600 dancers
15 4 4 Broadway musical performances
16 100 100 choral singers
17 1,000 1,000 clowns
18 22 22 stilted clowns
19 1933 The event concluded with the arrival of Santa Claus, who has closed the Macy’s Thanksgiving
Day Parade every year, with the exception of 1933, when jolly, old Saint Nick led the official parade
20 66 This marks the 66th year that the parade will be nationally broadcast in its entirety on NBC television
21 50 m Over 50 million viewers tuned in for one of the year’s most-watched television events.
22 1934 Mickey Mouse made his debut in the 1934.Parade
23 1947 In 1947 the Parade played a prominent role in the film Miracle on 34th Street about a child’s
encounter with the real Santa Claus working at the department store.
24 3 The Parade takes 3 hours to complete starting at 9.00am and finishing at 12 noon
25 7th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 77th Street and Central Park West. The
procession marches to Columbus Circle, turns onto Central Park South and proceeds down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the Parade makes its final turn west and ends at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square.
26 1927 Since 1927, when the Parade’s character balloons first joined the revelry, the inflatables have
become a signature element featuring some of the world’s most beloved characters.
27 2005 In 2005, the Macy’s Parade began to feature what would become a collection of high-flying
artwork created in collaboration with renowned contemporary artists. The special series, entitled Macy’s Blue Sky Gallery, has featured some of the art world’s finest creators. This year, for the eighth edition of the series, Love Flies Up to the Sky–a balloon by Yayoi Kusama, the world’s most renowned female contemporary artist—will join the Macy’s Parade. The design was developed by the artist from face motifs that appear in her “My Eternal Soul” series of paintings and her signature dots are also prominently featured.
28 5 This year, there were five new debut floats including Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues & You!
(Josh Dela Cruz), The Brick-changer by The Lego Group (NCT 127), Home Sweet Home by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® (Tenille Townes), Rexy in the City by COACH® (Billy Porter), and Toy House of Marvelous Milestones by New York Life (Kelly Rowland).
29 360 For the fourth year, Macy’s, along with NBCUniversal and Verizon,gave viewers an up close
and personal second screen experience of the Parade with a 360-degree livestream on Verizon’s YouTube page. The stream went live at 8:30 am at www.youtube.com/verizon and ran through noon. With exclusive access to cameras along the entire Parade route, online spectators got a glimpse of the magic behind the scenes, as well as a preview of what was to come as the Parade marched down the streets of Manhattan.
30 23-34 Macy’s Thanksgiving balloons range from around 43 to 72 feet long, with a Smokey the Bear,
the shortest at 16 feet, standing 51 feet tall. Due to their size, New York City guidelines restrict the department store chain from flying the balloons in sustained wind conditions exceeding 23 mph and wind gusts exceeding 34 mph on the route.
31 1971 A balloon-less parade is a rare occasion. The 2019 celebration would have marked the first
time Macy’s grounded the balloons since 1971, when a nor’easter wreaked havoc on celebrations (and travel plans) up and down the East Coast
PS: Returning giant balloon characters include Diary of A Wimpy Kid; DINO; The Elf on the Shelf; Goku; Illumination Presents Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch; Jett by Super Wings; Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen 2”; Chase from PAW Patrol; Pikachu; Pillsbury Doughboy; Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger; Ronald McDonald; and Trolls. Completing the inflatable lineup is the famed Aflac Duck, Baby DINOs and the Go Bowling balloonicles, as well as The Nutcracker.
PPS I’d love to go, just one year and see the sites and soak up the atmosphere.