Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1989 (partially found full NBC footage of parade; 1989)
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1989 was the 63rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and was held on November 23rd, 1989, in New York City, and shown to viewers live on NBC that same day. It was hosted by Willard Scott, new co-host Deborah Norville of Entertainment Tonight fame, and ALF performed by Paul Fusco. Participating celebrities included New Kids on the Block, Melba Moore, Buddy Hackett, and Scott Bakula.
While almost all of NBC's parades since 1980 have been widely bootlegged, most of which were in full, the 1989 parade is the only one since 1981 (except 1982) that has yet to surface in full. This is especially odd since it (like all the other parades during this time period) aired during a time when nearly everyone in North America had some form of home recording media, though for some reason no one wants to share the whole thing on the Internet. Unlike the 1982 parade, plenty of footage of the parade does exist online, but it wasn't in its entirety.
On September 8th, 2015, YouTuber FragglevisionReturns under her Major League Pong Gods channel uploaded an incomplete copy of the 1989 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This copy of the parade was edited at the taper's discretion, and thus was missing about 2/3 of the first hour, a marching band performance shortly after then, and a substantial (or not?) chunk in the middle (not to mention a ton of commercials). Some lost footage that wasn't from this copy can be seen online like the new Bugs Bunny balloon inflation test and a marching band performance before the Nestlé Quik Bunny balloon.
In late 2018, a website called rewatchclassictv.com has a full copy of the 1989 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade via purchase. This includes all commercials and about 40-50 minutes of missing footage from FragglevisionReturns' copy like the other Broadway shows, the Bugs Bunny balloon inflation test (which the clip can be found on YouTube), the new Paul Bunyan float and the Nestlé Quik Bunny and Woody Woodpecker balloons.
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- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1998 (found NBC footage of parade; 1998)
- IMDb page on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1989. Retrieved 01 Dec '19