Each year, people flock to the streets of New York City or crowd around the TV from the coziness of home to watch one of the most highly anticipated events of the year: the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Since its inception in 1924, the parade has become a holiday tradition held in the utmost regard. (Fun fact: The first Macy’s parade was actually held on Christmas Day!) It’s grown as integral to Thanksgiving as turkey and cranberry sauce in American households. While the parade was originally designed as a clever marketing gimmick to bring new customers to Macy’s, it’s evolved into a symbol of the season.
So it’s not surprising that celebrities can’t resist the nostalgic allure of this special event, either. From Tony Bennett to Ariana Grande, Whoopi Goldberg to Shawn Mendes, stars descend upon the Big Apple on Thanksgiving Day each year to participate in this bucket-list tradition.