WATCH the 1975 Thanksgiving Day Parade in the video player above.
CINCINNATI -- On Thursday, many Tri-State families will only watch a Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV.
But decades ago, Cincinnati had a huge Thanksgiving Day Parade downtown. It featured TV stars like Uncle Al and Captain Kangaroo and the big man himself -- Santa Claus.
In 1975, WCPO hosted Cincinnati's "first 'pro' Thanksgiving Day parade," as Cincinnati Magazine called it at the time.
"The first annual Channel 9 Holiday Parade is billed as a seasonal welcome as big as the Big Apple's own, with an 'American Christmas' bicentennial theme to boot," wrote "BKD" in the 1975 Cincinnati Magazine article.
"WCPO wanted to present a broadcast that combined elements such as community needs, downtown pride and vitality, family recreation and a healthy, unadulterated flair for showbiz," according to the article. "The answer came in the form of a first-class parade."
WATCH the goings-on "backstage" at the 1975 Thanksgiving Day Parade in the video player below.
The parade started at Riverfront Stadium -- only five years old at the time -- then continued to Second Street, turned onto Plum, then took Fifth Street to Broadway.
The Grand Marshal was Captain Kangaroo, whose show was broadcast on Channel 9 in the '70s. Uncle Al had a float in the parade, as did Mr. Patches and Lucky the Clown as well as Miss Ohio and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.