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#8489: MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE,40TH ANNUAL, THE
1966-11-24, NBC, 120 min.
Wayne Newton, Lorne Greene, Soupy Sales, Betty White, Bruce Yarnell, Francoise Hardy, Radio City Rockettes

The 40th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, one of the world's largest parades, is presented by the U.S. based department store chain Macy's. Hosts for the NBC Television viewing audience are Betty White and Lorne Greene. Star attractions are Santa Claus and the balloons, including the new Superman, and Smokey the Bear, joining old favorites Bullwinkle, Elsie the Cow, Popeye, Donald Duck, Dino the Dinosaur, Linus the Lionhearted, and a dragon. 

The parade started in 1924,tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States with America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit (with both parades being four years younger than Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade). The two-hour parade is held in Manhattan from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thanksgiving Day, and has been televised nationally since 1947 and on NBC since 1952. Employees at Macy's department stores have the option of marching in the parade


The 40th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from Central Park to Herald Square in New York City. 

Hosts are Betty White and Lorne Greene who have hosted the Macy's Annual Thanksgiving Parade from 1963. 
 
Scheduled to appear, among others, are Wayne Newton, Bruce Yarnell,and The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.

  It should come as no surprise that many of the telecasts from the 1950s thru the late 1970's are lost, and only one pre-1980 parade exists in full (one hour kinescope of the 1959 NBC TV Macy's parade). Network broadcast Kinescopes and Video tapes were either discarded, wiped, or never recorded.  Video recording software (3/4" U-Matic) was first released to the Public at great cost in 1971, and the Betamax (1975) and JVC VHS (1976) gave the public a means to record television broadcasts off the air, but, to date, it seems nobody at home elected to record a complete parade or even segments, and kept it making the 1971-1979 parades more likely to be found possibly as home recorded video taped excerpts than the 1952-1971 parades which were rarely recorded or archived in any video or audio format. Certain footage from old telecasts has been shown in anniversary specials, showing that some still exist. However, those extant clips are very brief and not qualitative, visually. Bootleg copies circa 1980 to the present, with the exception of the 1981 parade, have been posted on You Tube...most all playback reflecting poor to fair quality until the 2000's. Thankfully, the pristine audio air checks of seven different Thanksgiving Day Parades (six complete broadcasts) exist as pristine audio in the Archival Television Audio, Inc. collection. Just close one's eyes and listen and imagine stepping back in time over half a century ago at the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in Herald Square, New York...an American tradition.

During the first television years, the parade went through changes. Many of the parade's most iconic balloons were introduced in this period, such as Popeye, Bullwinkle, the Happy Dragon, Underdog, Smokey Bear, Linus the Lionhearted, Sinclair's Dino, and the first two Snoopy balloons. The toy float concept was introduced in the 1960s, with a turkey-shaped one, introduced in 1973, eventually becoming parade mascot Tom Turkey.

A few notable lost parades include the 1956 parade (when Mighty Mouse crashed at Herald Square), 1965 (the debut of Underdog), and 1971 (when all the balloons had to be removed due to bad weather).
                                                                                                  
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