One of the television programs that people watch on Thanksgiving is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Most people think that the parade is held to celebrate Thanksgiving with marching bands, floats, and special routines. While the parade is a staple in many homes on the holiday, it was originally called the Macy’s Christmas Parade. The parade was held to launch the start of the Christmas shopping season in the hopes that it would put people in the mood to go to stores to get items checked off their shopping lists and to look forward to the coming holiday.
The first parade was in New York City in 1924, and it’s grown to a larger parade since then. Employees of Macy’s started the parade with a few floats and some of the animals from the Central Park Zoo. After a few years, more businesses got in on the parade as well as schools, churches, and other acts as a way to enjoy the holiday season. Although the parade is still held on Thanksgiving, it is sometimes seen as the start of the Christmas season and a way to put people in the shopping and holiday spirit instead of being seen as a Thanksgiving parade.