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#8493: MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE THE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY, THE
1976-11-25, NBC, 120 min.
Shari Lewis, Roberta Peters, Ed McMahon, Della Reese, McLean Stevenson, Justino Diaz

The 50th anniversary of the 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. 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 on NBC since 1952. Employees at Macy's department stores have the option of marching in the parade.

The 50th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade telecast live from New York City.

Hosts: Ed McMahon, Shari Lewis, Della Reese, McLean Stevenson.

The 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. 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 on NBC since 1952. Employees at Macy's department stores have the option of marching in the parade

 It should come as no surprise that many of the telecasts from the 1950s thru the early 1970s are lost, and only one pre-1980 parade exists in full. Network broadcast Kinescopes and Video 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 and kept it making the 1971-1979 parades more likely to be found possibly only as clips than the 1952-1971 parades. Certain footage from old telecasts has been shown in anniversary specials, showing that some still exist. Bootleg copies circa 1980 to the present have been posted on YouTube...most all playback reflecting poor to fair quality till the 2000s. 

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). 

        Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (partially found NBC broadcasts of parade; 1953-1980)

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual event held in New York City every Thanksgiving Day. The Parade was founded in 1924 as a Christmas pageant by Macy's immigrant employees who wanted to celebrate the holiday, akin to parades held for special occasions in Europe. The Parade is perhaps best known for its iconic helium balloons that depict characters from pop culture such as cartoon characters, brand mascots, and original Macy's characters.
History |
Since 1953, NBC has held the telecast rights to the Parade prior to this, CBS broadcasted the Parade. NBC's broadcast of the Parade traditionally lasts three hours, with the first hour dedicated to performances by Broadway musicals and the Parade progressing to the finish line. The other two hours consist of the Parade itself, which features giant balloons, floats, cultural performances, celebrity appearances, and musical/talent ensembles. The Parade ends with Santa Claus riding on his own float, signaling the unofficial arrival of the holiday season.
Hosts of the NBC telecast have included such personalities as Lorne Greene, Betty White (from 1963 to 1972), Kent McCord, Martin Milner (1973), Ed McMahon (from 1974 to 1981), Helen Reddy (1975), Bryant Gumbel (from 1977 to 1980 and 1982 to 1984).
Availability |
Out of the 28 Parade broadcasts that aired on NBC between 1953 and 1980, only three of them have surfaced in full. Video recording equipment was not readily available to the general public until 1971, meaning the 1953-1970 broadcasts have a lower chance of being found than the 1971-1980 broadcasts. Clips from various pre-1980 telecasts have been used in Parade anniversary specials produced by NBC, meaning at least parts of the broadcasts remain in the NBC archives.
Notably lost parades include the 1956 Parade (when all balloons succumbed to blustery winds, with Mighty Mouse crashing in front of NBC cameras), 1960 (the debut of the Happy Dragon, Macy's longest-running singular balloon to date) and 1971 (when all the balloons had to be removed due to heavy winds and rain).

List of Parades |
#	Year	Status	Notes
01	1953	Lost	
02	1954	Lost	
03	1955	Lost	
04	1956	Lost	
05	1957	Lost	
06	1958	Partially Found	Clips of the Spaceman balloon 
                                                        exist.
07	1959	Found	
08	1960	Lost	
09	1961	Partially Found	A clip of one of the Marching 
                                                        Bands exist online.
10	1962	Partially Found	Footage of Donald Duck was 
                                                        used as part of a special in 2011 
                                                        and footage of Bullwinkle was 
                                                        used in 2016. Audio of the ending 
                                                        exists.

11	1963	Partially Found	Footage of the start was used as 
                                                        part of a special in 2011.
12	1964	Partially Found	
13	1965	Partially Found	Footage of the Dino balloon and 
                                                        the Monroe Girls Corp exist 
                                                        online and can be viewed on 
                                                        YouTube and Facebook 
                                                        respectively.

14	1966	                                Audio Exists
                        

15	1967	Partially Found	Audio of the Carlisle High School 
                                                        Marching Band and the first few 
                                                        seconds of The Happening's 
                                                        performance on the "Rock Candy 
                                                        Mountain" float exists on 
                                                        YouTube.
16	1968	Lost	
17	1969	Partially Found	Footage of the Broadway cast of 
                                                       Jimmy Performing exists, as does 
                                                       audio.

18	1970	Partially Found	Stills of Dino and Donald Duck 
                                                        exist.
19	1971	Partially Found	
20	1972	Partially Found	Audio exists. 

21	1973	Partially Found	Audio exists.

22	1974	Partially Found	
23	1975	Partially Found	Audio of the Christian County 
                                                        High School Band exists on 
                                                        YouTube.
24	1976	Found	
25	1977	Partially Found	
26	1978	Partially Found	CBS' unofficial airing of the 
                                                        Parade is found; however, NBC's 
                                                        broadcast remains lost.
27	1979	Partially Found	
28	1980	Partially Lost	        The majority of the 1980 Parade is 
                                                         found, with approximately 30 
                                                         minutes missing.
Surviving Videos:
 |
The 1959 Parade, the oldest surviving parade in full.
The 1976 Parade, the 2nd oldest surviving parade in full.
Parts of the 1972 Parade.
The intro, band performances and Santa Claus from the 1979 Parade.
Wrangler Belles performance from the 1971 parade.
Wrangler Belles performance from the 1973 parade.
Wrangler Belles performance from the 1977 parade and longer introduction to the 1977 Parade.
The Broadway Cast of Jimmy Performing "The Mayor of New York" in 1969.
Diana Ross's famous appearance in 1979.
Sinclair's Dino in the 1965 Parade.
The Village People performance in 1978.
Tom Turkey, known in 1974 as the Toy Turkey, makes his second appearance.
The Patriot Band performance in 1978.
The Independence High School 76th Cavalry Band in 1978.
The Salem High School Marching Band performance and Santa Claus in 1977.
Mason Reese performance in 1975.
The Dover High School Tornado Band performance in 1972.
The Ohio Youth Choir in 1975
Audio of the Christian County High School Marching Colonels performance in 1975.
The Spring Branch Sr. High School Marching Band performance in 1974.
The Spring Branch Bruin Brigade performance in 1974.
Audio of the Carlisle High School Marching Band performance in 1967.
Short silent clips of the 1966 Parade.                                                                                                         
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