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Thanksgiving Throwback: 13 Iconic Photos of the Macy's Parade

UpdatePosted 11/28/2013 08:45AM

Thanksgiving Throwback: 13 Iconic Photos of the Macy's Parade

Originally posted 11/27/2013 11:00AM

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an iconic New York – and American – institution. But this year, there were rumors that it may be the first time the parade's signature balloons were grounded since 1971, thanks to forecasted high winds. (After incidents in 1997 and 2005, the city mandates that balloons have to be lowered or grounded if winds exceed 34 miles per hour.)

The parade has gone on every year since 1924, except from 1942-1944, when it was suspended due to helium and rubber shortages related to World War II – Macy's donated 650 pounds of rubber to the war effort during that time. We're excited for the parade, so we're looking at 13 iconic moments in its history for this Throwback Thanksgiving Thursday. (Say that three times fast.)

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South Dakotans to Joan Jett: 'Get Off Our Float'

Thanksgiving War We Didn't See Coming: South Dakota vs. Joan Jett

Originally posted 11/14/2013 01:00PM

Never let it be said that the residents of South Dakota are not a proud people.

Joan Jett is set to perform atop the Mount Rushmore American Pride float at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, but a multitude of ranchers from the state are at odds with the decision given the rocker is an animal rights activist and vegetarian.

"Her agenda through PETA does not represent South Dakota," state Sen. Larry Rhoden, who is also a rancher, told the Rapid City Journal, calling the choice "pretty odd." Likewise, Jodie Anderson, the executive director of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, said, "We hope that future floats would support not only the tourism industry but also agriculture."

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