TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Through the Years

Parade photos through the years
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a classic American tradition enjoyed by families across the country. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s parade may look a lot different than it has in the past. Here are some photos of the popular parade throughout American history.

1961

1961
William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images

Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day in New York as the parade nears Times Square.

1961

1961
Express Newspapers/Getty Images

People gather to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade.

1961

1961
William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images

A man squats in the street to photograph a brass band and majorettes marching in the Thanksgiving parade.

1961

1961
William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images

Onlookers are excited and amused by the 1961 Thanksgiving Day parade in New York as it nears Times Square.

1961

1961
Keystone/Getty Images

Crowds of children gather in a New York street to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

1961

1961
Express Newspapers/Getty Images

A true symbol of the holiday season, a reindeer balloon floats above the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.

1961

1961
William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images

An inflated Popeye floats above the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City as it nears Times Square.

1992

1992
DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images

A Goofy balloon makes its way down Broadway on Nov. 26, 1992. Goofy was the new balloon among 16 in the 66th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

1993

1993
BOB STRONG/AFP via Getty Images

Izzy, the mascot for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, a pet-friendly city, makes its first appearance in the 67th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in 1993.

1995

1995
JON LEVY/AFP via Getty Images

Handlers pull the Betty Boop balloon past Macy's department store, with the Empire State Building in the background during the 69th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

1996

1996
STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images

Spectators on the balcony of a building in New York's Times Square watch as the Pink Panther balloon floats by during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

1997

1997
JON LEVY/AFP via Getty Images

The Spiderman balloon is steered down Broadway into Times Square as part of the 71st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

1998

1998
STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images

The Arthur balloon is kept close to the ground as it makes its way down Broadway in New York City during the 72nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

1998

1998
STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images

Members of the Universal Cheer & Dance Association make their way down Broadway during the 72nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

1999

1999
DOUG KANTER/AFP via Getty Images

The Honey Nut Cheerios Bee balloon moves through Times Square in New York City during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1999.

2000

2000
TEDDY BLACKBURN/AFP via Getty Images

The Bullwinkle J. Moose balloon moves through Times Square in November 2000 during the 74th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

2001

2001
Chris Hondros/Getty Images

A clown plays with children on Central Park West during the 75th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 22, 2001, in New York City.

2001

2001
Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Firefighters and policemen, who helped during and in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, carry a flag during the 75th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 22, 2001, in New York City.

2001

2001
Chris Hondros/Getty Images

The Big Bird balloon floats down Central Park West during the 75th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 22, 2001, in New York City.

2002

2002
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Onlookers watch from a makeshift viewing platform as the Cheesasaurus Rex balloon passes through Times Square during the 76th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 28, 2002, in New York City.

2002

2002
Mario Tama/Getty Images

An inflatable Ronald McDonald, the popular mascot of McDonald's, makes its way through Times Square during the 76th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 28, 2002, in New York City.

2003

2003
Joe Kohen/Getty Images

The 77th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place on Nov. 27, 2003, in New York City.

2003

2003
Joe Kohen/Getty Images

A Little Bill balloon floats down Broadway and 36th street at the 77th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 27, 2003, in New York City.

2004

2004
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Onlookers watch from a balcony as a Chicken Little balloon floats down Broadway during the 78th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 25, 2004, in New York City.

2004

2004
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Onlookers watch as giant balloons float down Broadway during the 78th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 25, 2004, in New York City.

2005

2005
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images

A rock climber hangs off the Ecko's Expedition to Rhino Mountain float as it rolls down Broadway during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 2005.

2005

2005
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images

Dora the Explorer floats down Broadway during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 2005.

2006

2006
Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

A balloon and stars kick off the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2006 in New York City.

2007

2007
Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images

The Scooby-Doo balloon floats in the air during the 81st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 22, 2007, in New York City.

2007

2007
Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images

Spectators wave to participants during the 81st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 22, 2007, in New York City.

2008

2008
Yana Paskova/Getty Images

Parade-goers watch floats pass by at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 27, 2008, in New York City.

2008

2008
Yana Paskova/Getty Images

Parade-goers watch the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 27, 2008, in New York City.

2008

2008
Yana Paskova/Getty Images

Parade participants guide a turkey float at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 27, 2008, in New York City.

2008

2008
Yana Paskova/Getty Images

Women scream with excitement as floats pass by at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 27, 2008, in New York City.

2014

2014
KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images

The Snoopy balloon floats down Central Park West during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 27, 2014, in New York City.

2015

2015
Andrew Burton/Getty Images

People watch as volunteers help inflate the floats used in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 25, 2015, in New York City.

2015

2015
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images

New York City Counterterrorism Police watch over the parade route during the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 26, 2015, in New York City.

2015

2015
Kena Betancur/Getty Images

Members of the New York City Police special task force stand guard before the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 26, 2015, in New York City.

2017

2017
Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

The Ronald McDonald balloon floats down Central Park West during the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 23, 2017, in New York City. And now that you've taken a trip down memory lane, here are things you probably didn't know about the parade.

More From The Active Times:

Fall Foliage Photos from America’s National Parks

USPS 101: Historic Photos and Facts to Know About the US Postal Service

Photos of the Most Gorgeous Sunsets in the World

Photos From America's Iconic Fairs Through the Years

101 Jaw-droppingly Beautiful Photos of America