Photos: Classic Shots of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

By Stephen Harmon

I started photographing the Thanksgiving Day Parades when I moved to the Upper West Side in 1978. At that time and for many years thereafter, long before Covid, terrorists and other dangers, I could walk right onto the parade route and take close-up photos of the fabulous balloons. Here are some of my favorites from 1978 on.

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    1. Carlos says:

      Thanks for sharing. Those are great! I wish there were more of the classics like those.

    2. Ellen says:

      Steven: those pictures are beautiful. Thank you so much for posting them.

    3. Amanda says:

      Love these. Thank you.

    4. Judy G. says:

      Brings you back to another time…
      Wonderful photos and memories.

    5. Harriet says:

      Wonderful memories….thank you

    6. san says:

      Those were the days… so happy i experienced this time in NYC.. Surely epic!

    7. Kiki says:

      Oh, these are absolutely WONDERFUL! Thanks so
      much, Mr. Harmon.

    8. Jay says:

      The Snoopy image: Shades of the famed Stay Puff Marshmallow Man™ “thought form”–albeit about 12 blocks to the north.

      Is the photo from a parade before the film?

    9. Élie says:

      Thank you for these wonderful photos. So poignant to see them again. I wish I could teleport back there. . .

    10. Arlene Erb says:

      These are wonderful..what a delightful way to view these amazing works of art…thank you Happy Thank You for Giving …