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The F. & R. Lazarus Christmas Parade Legacy

Federated Department Stores, including today’s Macy’s, began in 1851 when Simon Lazarus, studying to become a rabbi, came to Columbus, Ohio before the Civil War. He owned a retail business  Town Street. 

 He parlayed the business into a large retail complex comprising over one city block and annexes and instituted the Lazarus day-after Thanksgiving parade. He helped to convince President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to change Thanksgiving to the 4th Thursday of the month in order to proclaim a Black Friday and provide extra shopping days until Christmas.   

Although Lazarus has been dissolved, our suburbs have Christmas Parades these days, sponsored by civic associations, churches, or businesses; and suburban malls have Christmas or Winter Holiday events, including live music and dance performances.  Access the link above to find out more about Christmas parades and other events in Central Ohio.

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