We have turkey fever in the VideoBlocks office! Personally, I cannot wait to sit in sweatpants all day while I watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Being a video enthusiast, that got me thinking about all the production work that goes on behind the scenes of that history New York parade. I did a little digging and came across some fun broadcast facts that you can share with friends and family on Turkey Day!
1. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was broadcast in 1939 by CBS. However, from 1940-1945, the parade was not televised because of World War II.
2. NBC has been the official broadcaster of the parade since 1955. However, since the parade path goes right by CBS headquarters, they too show an unauthorized broadcast of the parade every year. Since the parade is on public property, this is completely legal. CBS makes a strong effort not to use the word “Macy’s” in the broadcast, though, just to avoid any trouble.
3. The first full color broadcast of the parade was in 1960.
4. NBC uses tape delay technology so the parade plays at 9:00 in every time zone. CBS broadcasts their unauthorized coverage live. Depending on where you live, if you watch CBS you can see the parade up to three hours earlier than you would on NBC.
5. In 2008, Coca Cola launched a commercial featuring the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that won them a Silver Lion award for advertising.
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