It’s Thanksgiving and time for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade! One of the biggest events for New York City and the most watched event on TV. Known for its elaborate floats, marching bands, celebrities, and the enormous character helium balloons. It’s estimated that 44 million people watch the parade on TV every Thanksgiving Day.

Giant character balloons have featured a famous characters from film, television, comic strips, and cartoons. These balloons for the parade are inflated the day before on both sides of the American Museum of Natural History. The inflation team consists of volunteers from Macy’s as well as students from Stevens Institute of Technology where the balloons and floats are designed and built. The inflation is open to the public Wednesday afternoon and night before the parade.

Among the many famous characters include some of the most popular dogs. Here the famous dogs of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Friendly Dachshund in 1950

The Friendly Dachshund in 1950

 

Beethoven

Beethoven

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo

Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace

Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace

Underdog

Underdog

Blues Clues

Blues Clues

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