Finding Out About the Route for the Very First Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Introduction: Finding Out About the Route for the Very First Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

A librarian patron asks a Reference Librarian, "What was the route of the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?"

Step 1: Let's Use the Librarians' Internet Index to Find the Answer to Your Question.

The LII site will likely hold the key to your question. Let's use the link to "Ready Reference & Quick Facts."

Step 2: Let's Narrow This Down by Holidays

We'll click on this link.

Step 3: Search Within "current Results"

To search within these results, use the drop-down menu to search "current results".

Step 4: Let's Search for "parade"

To narrow the results down further, use the search term "parade".

Step 5: Here's a Promising Link.

The second result down is promising...

Step 6: Parade History

By scrolling down, we see a link to "Parade History"

Step 7: Not Quite...

This link did not give us the answer, but we can "See more history" by clicking on this link.

Step 8: The Answer...

Here we go. The answer to your question is on this page:

"The first Parade in 1924 was called the “Macy's Christmas Day Parade” although it took place on Thanksgiving Day. In 1927 it was renamed the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Live animals including camels, goats, elephants and donkeys were a part of the Parade that inaugural year.

The original Parade route started at 145th Street and Convent Avenue and traveled 5.5 miles to 34th Street and Herald Square.

In the first Parade horses pulled the floats. A particular white steed, that was to aid in the Ben-Hur float, disappeared at the last minute before the start of the Parade."

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