New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
— 34th Street district —
My name is Tony Sarg. I designed and built puppets for marionette shows all over the world. However, my grandest puppet show was the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I created the first-ever balloons for the early parades, as well as animatronic holiday window displays.
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“The World’s Largest Store” hosted the first annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, then called the Macy’s Christmas Parade, on November 27, 1924, twenty-two years after opening its 34th Street flagship store.
In 1947, an ice cream cone balloon was recycled to create one of the parade’s most emblematic characters, the Elf. Turned upside down, the cone became a hat!
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is November 27, 1924.
Location. 40° 45.021′ N, 73° 59.274′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Broadway south of West 35th Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 West 34th Street, New York NY 10001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Macy’s (here, next to this marker); R.H. Macy & Company (a few steps from this marker); James Gordon Bennett Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Herald Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Broadway at 35th Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Broadway Tabernacle Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackie Robinson (about 300 feet away); Martinique and McAlpin Hotels (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. Tony Sarg. Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on September 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Submitted on September 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on September 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.