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NEW YORK (CBSMiami/AP) — While the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is now known for it’s floats and giant balloons, the first parade had animals from the Central Park Zoo.

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Back in 1924, the event was known as the Macy’s Christmas Parade.

The giant balloons arrived on the scene in 1927. Felix the Cat was the first character balloon.

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In 1929, helium balloons were released over New York City after the parade. Macy’s says they were equipped with return address labels. People who found one received a special gift.

To watch the parade live, tune into CBS4 at 9:00 a.m.

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