Nearly a decade has passed since my first post on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a look at the coffee table book America’s Parade. This year, since New Yorkers and their visitors can’t attend the parade in person even if they wanted to, I thought I would write an article on its history, which has just been posted on Chelsea Community News.
It’s a fun and fascinating story, not least of which because it involves so many of the folks we have written about here, including Harpo Marx, Eddie Cantor, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, the orchestras of Paul Whiteman and Benny Goodman, Martha Raye, Danny Kaye, Sid Caesar, Steve Allen, Ginger Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, Shirley Temple, Soupy Sales, Basil Rathbone (as Scrooge), Fess Parker (as Davy Crockett), Eddie Fisher, Connie Francis, Paul Anka, Ann Miller, Alan King, Victor Borge, Doug Henning, Diana Ross, The Munsters, The Bugaloos, Lorne Greene, Betty White and Ed McMahon. Macy’s by the way, is located on the site of Koster and Bial’s Music Hall. But there’s much more to the story than this.