Throwback Thursday: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Through the Years

The iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is kicking off the holiday season Thursday for the 91st year in a row.

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"Barney" the float makes it's way down the parade route during New York's 72nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, <strong>Nov. 26, 1998</strong>. Despite wind gusts up to 30 mph, the parade's trademark giant balloons were in the line of march being guided under new safety rules to prevent accidents like that one that seriously injured a spectator the previous year.
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Woody Woodpecker leads a line of other balloons and floats into New York's Times Square during the 69th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade <strong>Nov. 23, 1995</strong>.
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Santa Claus waves from his swan float as he brings up the rear of the 69th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York<strong>, Nov. 23, 1995</strong>.
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The Statue of Liberty float travels down Broadway into Times Square during the 67th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, <strong>Nov. 25, 1993</strong>. In the background is Smokey the Bear.
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Spectators brave the elements as floats and balloons make their way through New York's Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade along Broadway, <strong>Nov. 27, 1992</strong>. A 66-foot long tail trails behind the Pink Panther balloon.
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Kermit the Frog droops after a puncture in his head lets out the oxygen-helium mixture in the balloon during the 65th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, <strong>Nov. 28, 1991</strong>.
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Bart Simpson makes his debut on his skateboard in the 64th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade down Broadway in New York City, <strong>Nov. 22, 1990</strong>.
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Ronald McDonald cruises over spectators on Broadway during the 63rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, <strong>Nov. 24, 1989</strong>. An estimated 1.8 million people attended the parade that year despite the cold weather.
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The Pink Panther, a new addition to the cast of balloon characters in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, floats above Broadway in New York City, <strong>Nov. 24, 1988</strong>.
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Garfield the Cat floats above the Winter Garden Theater, the home of the musical "Cats," as the balloon makes its way down the Great White Way in New York City in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, <strong>Nov. 24, 1988</strong>.
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The redesigned balloon of Olive Oyl, holding Swee' Pea, floats behind a group of clowns as they march down Broadway in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, <strong>Nov. 27, 1986</strong>.
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Betty Boop collapses on Broadway near 49th Street as handlers work to raise the deflated helium balloon during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, <strong>Nov. 27, 1986</strong>. Betty Boop, the last balloon in the parade, could not make it to the finish line.
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Garfield the Cat floats above a marching band on Broadway in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, <strong>Nov. 27, 1986</strong>. The Choctawhatchee High School band "The Style Marchers" of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., march behind Garfield in the parade.
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Former child film star Shirley Temple and her children ride a float in the annual Thanksgiving Day parade on <strong>Nov. 26, 1959</strong> in New York. They're shown in the vicinity of Times Square as the float traveled the two-mile route of the parade. A police-estimated one million men, women and children lined the route.
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Some of the Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes perform in the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in New York on <strong>Nov. 27, 1958</strong>. Some of the police-estimated 1.25 million people watching the parade keep an eye on the dancers as they approach 34th Street and Broadway, near the end of the march.
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A helium-filled Popeye balloon floats above some of the 1.3 million people watching the 33rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade pass through Times Square, New York, <strong>Nov. 26, 1959</strong>.
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A giant turkey float squeezes between buildings as the 31st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade moves down Broadway near 37th Street in New York, <strong>Nov. 28, 1957</strong>.
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A huge balloon in the form of comic fireman floats over Broadway during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, <strong>Nov. 25, 1948</strong>. Thousands jammed the streets to watch.
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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Broadway in New York City on Nov. 30, 1933.
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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Broadway in New York City on <strong>Nov. 30, 1933</strong>.
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An outdoor float of a big cat makes its way down the street during the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on <strong>Nov. 26, 1931</strong>.
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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade passes down Broadway in New York on <strong>Nov. 27, 1930</strong>. The parade's first giant balloons debuted in 1927.
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A large outdoor float of Captain Nemo makes its way down the street during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, on <strong>Nov. 28, 1929</strong>. Originally known as the Macy's Christmas Parade, the Thanksgiving Day parade started in 1924.
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The 2017 parade will be the 91st.
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