CBS All-American Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 28, 2018 marks the 59th anniversary of the CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade Jubilees.
Starting in 1959, more than half a century ago, the network and producer Mike Gargugilo broadcast four different parades from four different locales: The Gimbel's Thanksgiving Day Parade from Philadelphia; The J. L. Hudson Parade from Detroit; The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from NYC; and The Eaton's Santa Claus Parade from Toronto, Canada. (Eaton's Parade was always pre-taped in advance for later broadcast).
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as seen on NBC in 1959:
On his last parade broadcast in November of 1965 Captain Kangaroo's co-host was ventriloquist and entertainer Shari Lewis.
With the exception of Kuklapolitans, Mr. Barker and The Bil Baird Puppets, the other hosts / narrators worked against a living room backdrop to give the viewers at home the feeling that they were sharing their holidays with warm and caring friends.
Grand Marshals for The J. l. Hudson, Gimbel's and Macy's Parades include actor Van Williams (ABC/20 Century Fox TV's "Green Hornet") and children's book author and artist Teddy Geisel ("Dr. Seuss) appeared in The J. l. Hudson Parades; American Bandstand's Dick Clark, actress and singer Andrea McArdle (appearing on Broadway as "Annie"), Ted Mack ("Original Amateur Hour") and Captain Kangaroo.
The late Soupy Sales appeared in The Macy's Parades in NYC in November, 1964, November, 1965 and again in November, 1966. 'Captain Bob' Cottle (the second and last host/performer and instructor of NBC TV's and Hanna/Barbera's "Ruff & Reddy Show"), Gene London (who played Tinker Tom the Toymaker on WJZ/WABC 7's "Tinker's Workshop"), Shari Lewis, and Herb Sheldon (the MC of many popular NYC based kid's TV shows) played a lion tamer in the NYC Macy's Parades.
Gene London and Mark Ritts' puppet Flam Flamingo (both appearing on Mr. London's last kid's show "The Gene London Show" on WCAU TV 10 in Philly) appeared on the Gimbel's Parade from The City Of Brotherly Love. Gene London also appeared as Tinker Tom the Toymaker at the NYC Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade back in the late-1950s.
CBS TV even broadcast "The Mummers Parade" one year.
Eventually, the Gimbel's, J. L. Hudson and Hawaiian Floral Parades were dropped and CBS began broadcasting the NYC Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in its entirety with the hosts/interviewers of "The CBS TV Early Show" serving as the commentators.
BONUS RARE PARADE VIDEO
MOMENTS FROM THANKSGIVINGS PAST : THE 1970s
In 1972 ABC aired it's Saturday morning shows the Friday day after Thanksgiving to the welcome delight of kids home from school and
Promo for NBC's 1977 broadcast of the Thanksgiving Day festivities.
WDIV 1978 Hudson's Thanksgiving Day Santa Parade from Detroit
More from that parade in Detroit.
Thanksgiving Parades on the 1980s
1980 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade opening.
The Macy's Parade from 1983 on NBC with Bryant Gumbel:
Macy's Parade on NBC from 1989:
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