This is a listening comprehension activity that can be used in preparation for listening portion of the New York State ELA exam, or any comparable assessment. The activity is about the history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. There are two versions; a basic version and a more advanced version. Teachers can decide which version is better for their class. The advanced version comes with a list of vocabulary words as well. The questions that come with the activity can be used with either the basic or advanced version of the passage. This activity could also be used as a reading comprehension if the teacher wishes. Many more activities can be made to go with the passages as well.