WHAT FOODS WERE SERVED AT THE PILGRIM’S FIRST THANKSGIVING?
Wildfowl, (ducks, geese, turkey and swans), venison, fish, Indian corn as well as puddings, soups and edible plants were spread out on long tables to enable the diners to serve themselves. They used knives and spoons but no forks. Drinking vessels and wooden plates were used with oversized three- foot square linen napkins.
Today nearly 90 percent of Americans serve turkey (roasted, baked or even deep-fried) for Thanksgiving dinner along with other traditional foods such as stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
WHICH DEPARTMENT STORE SPONSORED THE FIRST THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE?
(The answer is NOT what you expect!)
The answer is Gimble’s Department Store; they held the first Thanksgiving Day parade in 1920 in Philadelphia, PA. Macy’s Department Store in New York City held their first parade a few years later in 1924.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is one of the largest and most famous parades in America. It is seen by an enormous television audience and also attracts 2 or 3 million people along its 2.5 mile route. Of course, the parade features the famous giant balloons in the shape of cartoon characters, along with various marching bands, musical performers and celebrities on elaborate floats.