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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade [Paperback]

Robert M. Grippo , Christopher Hoskins

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Book Description

Oct. 1 2004 Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)
"Let’s have a parade" is the phrase that begins a beloved American tradition, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 1924, employees of the R. H. Macy and Company store in Herald Square, many of whom were immigrants and first-generation Americans, chose to give thanks for their good fortune in a manner reminiscent of the festive parades held in their native countries. The excitement and praise from crowds lining the route that first year led Macy’s to issue an immediate proclamation: the parade would become a tradition. Before the parade’s first decade passed, Macy’s welcomed the huge and spectacular helium character balloons that became its goodwill ambassadors. Since then, the parade has become a world-famous treasure. Through rare and historic images, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade offers readers a chance to reminisce, explore, and delight in eighty years of this thoroughly American celebration.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC) (Oct. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738535621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738535623
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.4 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #772,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Parade Of Magnificent Memories! - a lifetime Macy Parade Dec 17 2004
By Mr. Bill - Published on Amazon.com
This wonderful book reflects a magical history of the parade the whole world loves! Everyone's a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, and our earliest childhood memories include family, food and friends and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. While there are many parades held on Thanksgiving Day, the Macy's Parade is the grand-daddy of them all. Spectacular floats, magnificent marching bands and the biggest and best balloons in the world!

This book takes you back to the very first parade, "The Macy's Christmas Parade" as it was known in 1924. It follows the history of the parade and tells the story through newspaper accounts, fascinating memories from parade producers and participants and ads from every decade, including the three year period of World War II when the parade was not held.

The photographs are an amazing collection, many seen here for the very first time- dating back to the very first balloon, Felix The Cat. This is truly the "almanac" of the Macy Parade, and no parade lover should be without a copy! Written by 2 true Macy Parade fans, it is informative and entertaining. It is a "must have" keepsake of the greatest parade of all.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal archive of Macy's parade Oct. 20 2005
By Red Wood - Published on Amazon.com
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When I ordered this book, I thought it was another one, which I'd seen in a Barnes and Noble bookstore some years ago. That one had pictures of a number of the "hosts" of the parade-like Jackie Gleason, etc. It was closer to a coffee table size. However, I was surprised when this one arrived. This has many more pictures than that book, and mainly of the balloons(which is really the best part). Plus it documents the history of the parade and its high points. This is, by far, the best thing I've ever found on the parade, in any form of media, whatsoever. I'll keep my eyes open for the other book, but this is the ONE to definitely get.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MIRACLE OF A BOOK ABOUT THE MIRACLE ON 34th - Jan. 31 2005
By M.J. - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a WOW! The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the Miracle on 34th St and this book is a miracle too. That for the first time the glorious history of the Parade is presented in a fantastic mix of photos, ads, and a very enjoyable and readable text. The authors present their history in a conversational manner that encourages you to read the book from front to back and all over again! The images in black and white and color bring the parade to all, and year round too! Great for anyone planning on seeing the parade in person, or whom have seen it in person or watched on TV. A keepsake and collectible that does the Parade proud!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raves for the book on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Dec 4 2004
By Ben (always a New Yorker in my heart) - Published on Amazon.com
I lived in New York for 20 years, and was lucky enough to see this way-larger-than-life "king of parades" first hand many times. Everyone who was anyone has been in the parade (and the rest of us have wanted to be), which is as much a part of New York City as the Empire State Building or the Rockettes.

This is a very detailed, wonderful history, with tons of amazing pictures going all the way back to the 1920s! If you love New York, or just love parades, you've got to have this book...your children will love it, and so will your grandparents! Too bad they didn't make it larger, the photographs are amazing!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book that tells the history of the Macy's Parade Dec 12 2004
By M. Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Finally a book that documents the long and amazing history of the world famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The authors present decade by decade of wonderful and very interesting facts and details on each parade. The book is worth the price just for the great pictures of all the big Macy'a balloons. A treasure trove of awesome photos, vintage ads and sketches. And the book ends in blaze of color photos that are too good to be true. How can you go wrong with pictures of the first Bullwinkle balloon!

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