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See the best moments from Macy’s Thanksgiving parade over the years

The leaves are changing and the pumpkin spice is on the shelves, which can only mean one thing: it’s almost Thanksgiving!

At this time of year, it’s hard to ignore one of Thanksgiving’s oldest traditions: the annual, world-famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Dating back to 1924, this iconic New York-based parade has always kept us going, with various performers, weird floats, meticulous group dances and surprise celebrity appearances!

Initially a Christmas parade, this tradition slowly evolved into the incredible event it is today, eventually becoming more than just a parade. Remember when resilient New York City firefighters marched the streets of Manhattan in 2001 after the tragic September 11 attacks in September? Or what about Ariana Grandethe uplifting interpretation of Pan!is “last Christmas” in 2013?

Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Parade is a beacon of joy and unites Americans with a common message: What can we be thankful for today?

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