Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is watched by millions.  It really is a Thanksgiving tradition for so many people.  Even though this is the 87th running of the parade, there are some things that you might not know.  Five things about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade which may surprise you.

1.  The Thanksgiving Day parade was originally known as "The Christmas Parade."

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2.  1927 was when the first giant balloon was featured in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.  That balloon was Felix the Cat.  During the later part of the 1980s was when characters from pop culture, video games and contemporary cartoons started showing up in the parade.

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3.  The US government is the biggest consumer of helium.  Macy's is the second largest.

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4.  Snoopy's first appearance in the parade was in 1968.  He's a very popular dog!  Snoopy has been the most featured character in the history of the Thanksgiving Day parade.  This will be Snoopy's 37th parade appearance.

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5.  Betty White had a very long run as the host of the parade.  She hosted the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade from 1962 to 1971.

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I'll be watching on Thanksgiving morning.  Will you?