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Live animals were borrowed from a zoo for the first ever Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924.
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Macy's presented Felix the Cat, its first ever giant inflatable balloon, 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 1929.
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Balloons and floats travel down Broadway in New York City on Nov. 30, 1933.
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A teddy bear balloon passes by a replica of the Statue of Liberty during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1945.
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A giant baseball player float moves down 7th Avenue during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 28, 1946.
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Some of the Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes as they were performing in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York on Nov. 27, 1958.
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The iconic Popeye balloon floats above people watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade pass through Times Square on Nov. 26, 1959.
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Comedian Jimmy Durante rides on a Jumbo the Elephant float during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 22, 1962.
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Balloons in the shapes of Olive Oyl and Garfield the Cat work their way down Broadway during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 27, 1986.
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Ronald McDonald cruises over spectators on Broadway in the rain and wind during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 24, 1989.
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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 on Nov. 27, 1992.
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Izzy, the mascot for the Atlanta Olympics, and a popped dinosaur Rex balloon march during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1993.
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Handlers struggle with a wind-whipped Peter Rabbit balloon during Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Nov. 27, 1997.
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Little Bill, based on Bill Cosby's Little Bill book series, makes his debut on Broadway in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, on Nov. 28, 2002.
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Jo Jo the Clown makes her way through Columbus Circle during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 23, 2006, in New York.
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Santa Claus rides a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 27, 2008, in New York.
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Joan Rivers rides a float through Times Square in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 25, 2010.
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A Spider-Man balloon floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Nov. 24, 2011.
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Schoolchildren are given a sneak peek of the new floats for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade during a field trip to Macy's Studio on Nov. 13, 2012, in Moonachie, N.J.
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