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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing; Reprint Edition edition (October 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738535621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738535623
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lively, remarkable and highly readable retrospective of this much loved American spectacle. -- Robin Hall Current Executive Producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, October 2004 Arcadia Publishing Press Release

Fascinating facts about all the favorite balloons. -- New York TImes Bookshelf: New York Illustrated, December 4, 2004

These photographs of the Macy's Parade will summon childhood memories and the Pavlovian sensation of turkey cooking in the kitchen. -- New York Times Bookshelf: New York Illustrated, December 4, 2004

This gloriously detailed book wonderfully reflects nine decades of confetti filled performances. Captures the excitement and magic of it all. -- Jean McFaddin, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Executive Producer-Director, 1977-2000. October 2004 Arcadia Publishing Press Release

About the Author

Robert M. Grippo, a frequent participant in the parade, has been researching the history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for many years. Driven by his passion for the event, he compiled this work with the help of Christopher Hoskins, a professional photographer, and the special assistance of Macy's Annual Events, the New York Daily News, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and the University of Akron.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Bill on December 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
This wonderful book reflects a magical history of the parade the whole world loves! Everyone's a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, and our earliest childhood memories include family, food and friends and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. While there are many parades held on Thanksgiving Day, the Macy's Parade is the grand-daddy of them all. Spectacular floats, magnificent marching bands and the biggest and best balloons in the world!

This book takes you back to the very first parade, "The Macy's Christmas Parade" as it was known in 1924. It follows the history of the parade and tells the story through newspaper accounts, fascinating memories from parade producers and participants and ads from every decade, including the three year period of World War II when the parade was not held.

The photographs are an amazing collection, many seen here for the very first time- dating back to the very first balloon, Felix The Cat. This is truly the "almanac" of the Macy Parade, and no parade lover should be without a copy! Written by 2 true Macy Parade fans, it is informative and entertaining. It is a "must have" keepsake of the greatest parade of all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Red Wood on October 20, 2005
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When I ordered this book, I thought it was another one, which I'd seen in a Barnes and Noble bookstore some years ago. That one had pictures of a number of the "hosts" of the parade-like Jackie Gleason, etc. It was closer to a coffee table size. However, I was surprised when this one arrived. This has many more pictures than that book, and mainly of the balloons(which is really the best part). Plus it documents the history of the parade and its high points. This is, by far, the best thing I've ever found on the parade, in any form of media, whatsoever. I'll keep my eyes open for the other book, but this is the ONE to definitely get.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M.J. on January 31, 2005
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This book is a WOW! The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the Miracle on 34th St and this book is a miracle too. That for the first time the glorious history of the Parade is presented in a fantastic mix of photos, ads, and a very enjoyable and readable text. The authors present their history in a conversational manner that encourages you to read the book from front to back and all over again! The images in black and white and color bring the parade to all, and year round too! Great for anyone planning on seeing the parade in person, or whom have seen it in person or watched on TV. A keepsake and collectible that does the Parade proud!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben (always a New Yorker in my heart) on December 4, 2004
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I lived in New York for 20 years, and was lucky enough to see this way-larger-than-life "king of parades" first hand many times. Everyone who was anyone has been in the parade (and the rest of us have wanted to be), which is as much a part of New York City as the Empire State Building or the Rockettes.

This is a very detailed, wonderful history, with tons of amazing pictures going all the way back to the 1920s! If you love New York, or just love parades, you've got to have this book...your children will love it, and so will your grandparents! Too bad they didn't make it larger, the photographs are amazing!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Powell on December 12, 2004
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Finally a book that documents the long and amazing history of the world famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The authors present decade by decade of wonderful and very interesting facts and details on each parade. The book is worth the price just for the great pictures of all the big Macy'a balloons. A treasure trove of awesome photos, vintage ads and sketches. And the book ends in blaze of color photos that are too good to be true. How can you go wrong with pictures of the first Bullwinkle balloon!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlie from Peekskill on December 7, 2004
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If you are a Parade fan, history buff or, better yet, both, this is a great book. The book gives you detailed information about the Parade's history from the begining to today. It's a wonderful way to reminisce about your favorite memories such as the first time you saw the parade on television or stood on the streets of New York anxiously awaiting to see the giant Bullwinkle balloon and, of course, Santa. I know I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Max Anderson on December 11, 2004
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A glorious book indeed, glorious image after glorious image (the N.Y. Daily News images are especially stunning), many never published before appear on page after page! Each image is eye candy, then the last few pages present stunning color images from the parade, in fact the color quality of the images are breathtaking, like a splash of Technicolor and the best color work I have seen in any book recently! Added to the fun and historic scope of the history presented by the author make this a keepsake and collectible indeed! And the next best thing to actually being at the parade in person!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Martin on January 16, 2005
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Being a Macy's Parade fan forever it is always sad when it is over for another year. Now with this book you can enjoy the Macy's Parade throughout the entire year. The book is chock full of glorious vintage ads and totally awesome pictures. The NY Daily News images are stunning and all of the images seem to leap off the pages. The writing is done in a conversational manner that draws you in and the parade is presented decade by decade and year to year with many interesting facts along the way! Then after the feast of glorious pages of text and black and white images the book ends in a splash of color and what color it is, eye candy indeed!
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