"In 1920, Gimbels Department Store in Philadelphia held a parade with about 50 people and Santa Claus bringing up the rear. The parade is now known as the IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade and is the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade. Established in 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ties for second as the oldest Thanksgiving parade. The Snoopy balloon has appeared in the parade more often than any other character. More than 44 million people watch the parade on TV each year and 3 million attend in person," according to a write-up on the WickedLocal.com
Shown above, 2009 Thanksgiving Day Parade commemorative stamp.
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