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The history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

We dive into the origins of this strange holiday tradition

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Macy’s Debuts Balloons For The 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy’s

Hello again! This week on The History of Fun, we’re going to take a look at the tradition that comes around every turkey day: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Join us and try not to get sleepy!

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