The Staff at Advanced Furnace & Air Duct Cleaning wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! May the day be filled with family and memories!
Here are some fun facts about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade-the largest parade in the world!
• The parade is manned by 8,000 volunteers and more than 500 million will tune in to watch on Thanksgiving.
• The parade is in its 91st year and costs between $11.6 – $13.4 million. This includes the cost of creating and sponsoring new balloons and floats, the facility where everything is put together, the cost of all the costumes and the salaries of the 10,000 staffers who organize the parade each year.
• The parade started in 1924 and didn’t have balloons! It featured live animals. The first balloon was featured in 1927 and it was Felix the Cat.
• Balloons take approximately 5 months to create according to how intricate the details will be.
• Macy’s owns every single balloon and they are all made by hand. The balloons are designed, engineered and built in the official Macys parade studio located in New Jersey. All floats are also made there.
• Macy’s only started using helium in 1928. The original balloons were supported by poles. Today it costs about $510,000 for the helium alone!
• A balloon has never broken free but they used to set them loose. They did this until 1931 and if you found a balloon in your yard, you could bring it to Macy’s and receive a special gift. They stopped letting them go in 1931 for safety reasons.
• The first female balloon flew in 1929. She was Mrs. Katzenjammer from an old American comic. There wasn’t another female balloon again until 1982 when they had Olive Oyl join the parade and then again in 1984 when Raggedy Ann flew.
• The first time Mickey Mouse flew in the parade was in 1934 and Walt Disney himself helped with the design.
• Each balloon need anywhere from 45 to 75 handlers as they march along the New York City route.
• The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the official kick off to the Holiday Season!
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