Bordas & Bordas kicked off the holiday season with three Christmas parades over the weekend. The Main Street Bank Fantasy in Lights Parade in Wheeling, the 50th annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade in Moundsville and the Belmont Savings Bank Christmas Parade in St. Clairsville. The parades will wrap up on Saturday with the WPXI Holiday Parade in Pittsburgh.
While there is nothing better than all of our local parades, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this Thursday is a fan favorite. How did the Thanksgiving Day parade get started? In all began in 1924. Macy’s wanted to celebrate the opening of the largest store in the world the day before the holiday shopping season commenced. They hosted a parade in New York on the morning of Thanksgiving with hopes of getting their store in the minds of Christmas shoppers. On 9 a.m. on November 27, 1924 the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was born and has been a tradition ever since.
Here are some fun facts about the parade:
-The first parade was initially Christmas themed.
-Character balloons made their debuts in the 1927 parade.
-The parade was not broadcasted on radio until 1932. It was not televised until 1946 and was only available to those in the state of New York.
-Balloon holders have to meet a weight requirement of at least 120 pounds.
-The Snoopy balloon has made the most appearances in the parade- 39 to be exact.
-All the singers in the parade lip-sync.
-The Rockettes have been in every parade since 1957.
We hope you enjoy all of the 2019 holiday parades and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!