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9 memorable moments to celebrate the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade turning 90

A lot can change in 90 years. In 1926, there had only been one world war, women had only been able to vote for six years, and there were only 48 states in the Union.

But one thing that has remained constant is the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Although it technically started in 1924, the parade celebrates it's 90th birthday this year. It was cancelled briefly from 1942 to 1944 because of rubber shortages from World War II.

With 90 years comes a lot of memorable moments. Below are just some from the parade's long past.

1. Under the name "Macy's Christmas Parade," the first couple years of the event featured animals such as elephants and tigers from the Central Park Zoo, according to the Macy's website.

But that didn't last for long.

2. It wasn't until 1927 that the parade Americans are most familiar with came about. The first giant balloon featured was Felix the Cat, the New York Post wrote.

3. Several years later, Disney decided to join in with a Mickey Mouse balloon in the parade in 1934, followed by a Donald Duck one in 1935, the NY Post wrote.

4. Beginning in 1934, celebrities began to participate in the fun, starting with Eddie Cantor. Eventually other stars such as Harpo Marx, and singer Jessica Dragonette started making appearances, according to the Macy's website.

5. According to the Macy's website, once World War II ended, the 1945 parade added nine new balloons, and an estimated 2 million people lined up to see the parade.

6. The parade was televised to a national audience for the first time in 1948 on NBC, which is the station that still broadcasts it today, the Macy's website states.

7. Also, according to the website, beginning in the late 1970s, Broadway acts began performing at Herald Square.

8. In 1982, the first balloon of a female character was introduced. Olive Oyl became the first female to be featured, according to Time.

9. The 2001 parade, which occurred almost three months after the terrorist attacks on September 11, had an unofficial slogan: "We will not be defined by tragedy."

The parade's official website states, "First responders representing every NY agency lead the parade, hoisting giant flags shaped like the Twin Towers. First responders also pack the Daily News Big Apple float. Daniel Rodriguez, 'the singing cop,' performs 'God Bless America.' We honor those lost with a moment of silence."