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(From 2010- With Vintage Comments!) The 2nd Annual iOTW Thanksgiving Day Parade

Home - by - November 22, 2012 - 10:30 America/New_York - 48 Comments

Here is our Thanksgiving Parade Post from last year. With a few new extra guests. (The first 23 comments are from last year!)theiotwparade

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  1. Cheryl Prater

    November 26th, 2009

    Wonderfully nostalgic. Life before Sponge Bob and product placement (Goodyear Blimp not withstanding) Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. mamadoxie

    November 26th, 2009

    Classic! Especially like Pinocchio..nose of a POTUS.

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  3. conservative cowgirl

    November 26th, 2009

    I love the photo of the unsuspecting kids in the window and the lion (or whatever it is) coming around the corner!

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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  4. Dan Ryan Galt

    November 26th, 2009

    Great pictures from a less complicated and troubled time. Thanks!

    That’s The Pink Panther cowgirl. Now I’m feelin as old as I am, but that too shall pass.

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  5. Sylvia

    November 26th, 2009

    It’s interesting that the parade was originally called “Macy’s Christmas Parade”

    The balloons were released into the sky at the end of the parade, where they floated freely for a couple of days. When they finally burst or floated down, you would get a gift from Macy’s if you brought a piece of the balloons to the store.

    Er…uh…my…parents told me that. ;-)

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  6. Corona

    November 26th, 2009

    Great pics! I always thought Bullwinkle was a 60s creation. Maybe mid 50s.

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  7. scr_north

    November 26th, 2009

    Great photos. I was trying to date them as well and according to wiki (at least this entry shouldn’t be tarted up) says that the first Rocky and Friends show debuted in 1959.
    Have a great Thanksgiving.

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  8. Tom Mo

    November 26th, 2009

    Great show your thoughtfulness and effort is

    well appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving

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  9. DEVILDOC

    November 26th, 2009

    I can date one of the pictures (the one with the hippo) at 1940. On the theater marquee it’s showing Charlie Chaplin in “The Great Dictator”…Seems a little ironic considering our predicament doesn’t it?

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  10. Tom Mo

    November 26th, 2009

    See the Hotel Astor shot. Those cops on the right

    are rookies. Still in the Acadamy. Grey uniforms.

    Ahh memories.

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  11. Tom Mo

    November 26th, 2009

    Sylvia. I remember that. I found a piece of Mickey
    Mouse at Orchard beach. 1958.
    I’m just kidding. My aunt told me that years ago.

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  12. My2Cents

    November 26th, 2009

    Love “Middle-Aged Superman.”

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  13. Sicktoy

    November 26th, 2009

    Wonderfully nostalgic! Even on the holiday I’m visiting IOTW and you’ve provided a much appreciated reminder of my childhood and a much simpler time!

    Thanks!

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  14. FreeWillie

    November 26th, 2009

    OMG! I recognized each and every balloon and the character they represented. Damn I’m getting old!

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  15. Ham&Mothers

    November 26th, 2009

    Felix The Cat and Mighty Mouse! Wow! Thanks.

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  16. Sicktoy

    November 26th, 2009

    @Free Willie – that getting old thought passed through my mind too….I loved Felix the Cat, and I wanted to get a tattoo of Mighty Mouse for my 50th birthday, but passed….

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  17. FreeWillie

    November 26th, 2009

    @Sicktoy – But I can still shoot MOA at 200 yards with my AR :)

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  18. DEVILDOC

    November 26th, 2009

    Ham&Mothers??? Used to be my favorite C-Rat.

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  19. Irony Curtain

    November 27th, 2009

    Love the styling on those early balloons. Much more like classic illustrations!

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  20. Ham&Mothers

    November 27th, 2009

    DevilDoc…. wondered how long it would be before someone picked up on that. Also liked spiced beef and wieners and beans. Were you a corpsman? A1/9 3rd.Mar.Div. RVN 68-69.

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  21. DEVILDOC

    November 27th, 2009

    @Ham&Mothers

    E2/5 1st Mar.Div. RVN68-69. It was Marines in the “New Corps” the put the Devil in front of the Doc. I have a good friend who was Doc at A1/9. But that was before Viet Nam (before the “Walking Dead”). Semper Fi!

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  22. Ham&Mothers

    November 27th, 2009

    Here’s to you and all corpsman, saved my arse. Semper Fi.

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  23. cracksnappleandpop

    November 29th, 2009

    Wonderful pictures. I esp. liked the one of Uncle Sam standing tall. New York City at this time of year was always magical, even to a kid from the ‘burbs.

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  24. Angry Pancreas

    November 25th, 2010

    Finally… Galoomphy has purpose.

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  25. Steve

    November 25th, 2010

    I was watching a show on the History Channel. They said back in the 30′s they would let the ballons go at the end of the parade.

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  26. John Cooper

    November 25th, 2010

    My great uncle Frank Cooper invented the rubberized material that Goodyear used to make the first Macy’s balloons in 1927. That could have even been him in the photo of Mickey Mouse.

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  27. Spooky Racist Dude

    November 25th, 2010

    What year was this?
    I’m sorry but that is an insult to Ogres. Shrek is a thoughtful intelligent adult ogre, who abdicated his claim to the throne for the good of the people and for his family. To have him portrayed as this mindless troll of a power-hungry dimwit Galoomphy is just inaccurate and anti-ogrmitic. Greyson’s cameo in the first Harry Potter in the girls bathroom would have been a more accurate representation.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_y7t8PV2xI

    Happy Thanksgiving everybody

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  28. xplodeit

    November 25th, 2010

    Happy Thanksgiving all

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  29. historicus

    November 25th, 2010

    That Obumbles turkey is hilarious! I might have to print that out and use it as my placemat at dinner (all my family members are liberal Democrats, I’m the sane one).

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  30. Anonymous

    November 25th, 2010

    The last two pics featuring galoomphy and the ghetto thug traitor are brilliant.

    I love iowntheworld…Happy Thanksgiving.

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  31. Mr. Chris

    November 25th, 2010

    THe guy in the second picture – must be a TSA inspector.

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  32. Snowball the Sourpuss

    November 25th, 2010

    Sooo, what happened to the rest of the comments from ’09?

    Just wondering.

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  33. Majestic Machinegun Messiah

    November 25th, 2010

    Heh, nice. I love the old (and new) photos.

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  34. Melody Carlson

    November 25th, 2010

    Potus as a Turkey, so fitting.

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  35. Doc

    November 25th, 2010

    Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year already. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

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  36. 99th Squad Leader

    November 22nd, 2012

    Sad O appears as the turkey mascot for the Thanksgiving Day parade – makes sense.

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  37. Snowball the Sourpuss

    November 22nd, 2012

    And here we are again.

    Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

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  38. dennis

    November 22nd, 2012

    I think heart felt gratitude stands on three legs. Humility – giving thanks is an act that humbles. Compassion – the need and want of others moves us to personal action. And love – holding our family close and knowing you can count on each other. Feel the day…Happy Thanksgiving.

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  39. chiefillinicake

    November 22nd, 2012

    I’m anticipating that the Chicago parade will see the rollout of a giant inflated “Squeezy the Pension Python” this year, all done up in Illini orange.

    If so, expect sepuku.

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  40. Team America still in mourning

    November 22nd, 2012

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Can’t believe it’s been a year since I’ve seen these pics. Awesome.

    Captain America just made the first blunder – dropped a 12-pack of bottled beer. We saved 6 – oh, well. Just another laugh.

    Wishing you all well.

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  41. Team America still in mourning

    November 22nd, 2012

    Love the grayson. He, along with oblowme are the biggest turkeys.

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  42. Corky

    November 22nd, 2012

    Happy Thanksgiving to my “family” here at IOTW. You are all a blessing to me.

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  43. Mountain Dog

    November 22nd, 2012

    Love the old photos. And not one jihadist in the crowd.

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  44. Moe tom

    November 22nd, 2012

    I made the comment about the rookie cops near the Hotel Astor. I’m glad to see I’m still around and kickin’, as are alot of you. Happy Thanksgiving to all at IOTW. Thanks for the memories.

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  45. Navy Squid

    November 22nd, 2012

    Wow! That second picture is Bill Maher, right???

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  46. Frosteetoes

    November 22nd, 2012

    Blast from the past, very cool!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  47. Bob M.

    November 22nd, 2012

    The balloon is probably smarter than Galoomphy.

    Probably has LESS hot air, too… :roll:

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  48. F.D.R. in Hell

    November 22nd, 2012

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

    Another year with a turkey in the White House, along with his fat Hen and her huge snood. :evil:

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