The history of the Thanksgiving Day Parade

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: History of the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Ah, Thanksgiving -- a time where the amount of food you eat doesn't matter, giving back is in style and football is a family event. But perhaps one of the most cherished Thanksgiving day traditions is watching the parade.

It began in the 1920s, when Macy's was flying high with the roaring decade. The store expanded to become the world's largest, and to celebrate, they threw a mighty fine parade. Just two weeks before Thanksgiving, Macy's president at the time announced the massive event.

The original parade began on 145th street in Harlem and went all the way down to Macy's -- three times as long as it is today! It was eventually trimmed down to its current length to make it more '"TV-friendly."

Watch the video above for some amazing footage of the very first celebration through the streets of New York.

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MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Season 87 -- Pictured: Pillsbury Doughboy balloon -- (Photo by: Eric Leibowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Season 87 -- Pictured: Papa Smurf balloon -- (Photo by: Eric Leibowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Season 87 -- Pictured: Adventure Time balloon -- (Photo by: Eric Leibowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Season 87 -- Pictured: How To Train Your Dragon balloon -- (Photo by: Eric Leibowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Season 87 -- Pictured: The Wizard Of Oz balloon -- (Photo by: Eric Leibowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Season 87 -- Pictured: Lindt float -- (Photo by: Eric Leibowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Season 87 -- Pictured: Paul Frank balloon -- (Photo by: Eric Leibowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Season 87 -- Pictured: Snoopy and Woodstock balloon -- (Photo by: Eric Leibowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Season 87 -- Pictured: Sonic the hedgehog balloon -- (Photo by: Eric Leibowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Season 87 -- Pictured: Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon -- (Photo by: Eric Leibowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Spiderman floats down 6th Ave in the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: The Wizard of Oz balloon floats over the streets during the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2013 on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: A giant Uncle Sam balloon floats over the streets during the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2013 on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: General view of atmosphere at the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2013 on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Lindt Chocolate float during the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2013 on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: A clown rides a bicycle float during the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2013 on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: The Elf on the Shelf balloon floats over the streets during the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2013 on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: General view of atmosphere at the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2013 on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: The Papa Smurf balloon floats over the streets during the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2013 on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: General view of atmosphere at the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2013 on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: General View of atmosphere at the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Atmosphere at the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Atmosphere at the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
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