"Cinderella" or The Little Glass Slipper, is a folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression and triumphant reward. Thousands of variants are known throughout the world. The title character is a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances, that are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune. The story of Rhodopis, recounted by the Greek geographer Strabo sometime between around 7 BC and 23 AD, about a Greek slave girl who marries the king of Egypt, is usually considered to be the earliest known variant of the Cinderella story. The first literary European version of the story was published in Italy by Giambattista Basile in his Pentamerone in 1634; the version that is now most widely known in the English-speaking world was published in French by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697. Another version was later published by the Brothers Grimm in their folk tale collection Grimms' Fairy Tales in 1812.
Although the story's title and main character's name change in different languages, in English-language folklore Cinderella is the archetypal name. The word Cinderella has, by analogy, come to mean one whose attributes were unrecognized, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect. The still-popular story of Cinderella continues to influence popular culture internationally, lending plot elements, allusions, and tropes to a wide variety of media. The Aarne-Thompson-Uther system classifies Cinderella as Tale Type 510A, Persecuted Heroine.
History in the Parade
Cinderella first appeared in the parade back in 1966, with her carriage, the float appeared in the parade for many years until retiring in 1979, the float was joined by the Clock tower in 1980, Which featured Cinderella on the clock tower instead of on her carriage, the float was retired after the 1982 parade, the carriage would reappear in 1985 and the clock tower in 1986 (as separate floats) the clock tower retired after the 1989 parade and was recycled into the 101 Dalmatians float in 1996, and then the Austin Powers float in 1999, and then the A Christmas Carol float in 2001. the carriage would retire after the 1990 parade and it's unknown if a Cinderella themed float will ever return.