Marvel's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Yesteryear and Today

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As happens in almost every Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, there is at least one Broadway musical performing.

This year, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was featured on national television, and can be viewed below (or here if your browser is finicky like mine).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=W9gYMrupdDI

Of course, if you were a young impressionable Marvel Zombie such as myself in the 1980s, you Kept The Faith and watched any and every Marvel television appearance!  So I was quite excited when Marvel had an actual float in the parade, featuring heroes and villains battling it out!

(Was the plan to commandeer the float and take out Willard Scott and Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square on national television?  Or perhaps a certain building at 1700 Broadway, right on the parade route, containing staffers enjoying a Turkey Day brunch?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vVdgmkc-xJA

Much like The Star Wars Holiday Special, I enjoyed it when I was young.  Now, it’s a bit laughable. but still kinda fun!
Featuring, in order:

  • Dr. Strange
  • Captain America
  • Wolverine
  • The Enchantress
  • Magneto
  • Dr. Doom
  • Power Man (Sweet Christmas!)
  • Robocop (!!!!)   (Iron Man wasn’t available?  Probably working off a bender from the night before.)
  • Daredevil.
  • Silver Surfer
  • White Queen (hubba hubba)
  • Hulk
  • Green Goblin

Marvel used the float again in 1989.  Aside from a few mistakes by the hosts (Wonder Woman?!), it was actually better!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6EYyVB9F5-w

That hooded black figure fighting Dr. Doom and the Green Goblin, that’s not V, that’s Melba Moore!  Singing “I Need A Hero”!  (I guess Bonnie Tyler’s agent was better at negotiating.)

There’s Dr. Doom, Green Goblin, Daredevil, White Queen, Captain America, Magneto, Dr. Doom, Dr. Strange, Power Man, Hulk, and …. YAY!  Spider-Man!   There’s the Silver Surfer, Wolverine, and, at the end, the Spidey Web Cam!

Ah… good times!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Comments

  1. C h r I s says:

    Those were great! Thanks for posting, a great way to bookend a loooong Thanksgiving day!

  2. alexreager says:

    I enjoyed the video too…thanks for posting!

    Talk about going Back to the Future. @rimshot

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