There are 12 days left until one of my favorite events of the year happens - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!! One year I will take the girls to see it live but for now, we will watch it in our comfy clothes piled on the couch. Thanks to About.com for the information on how to view the parade like a seasoned pro!
Event Details, Viewing Locations and Tips, and More
Since 1924, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® has kicked off the holiday season in New York City. More than 2.5 million people line the streets every year to see giant balloons, floats, marching bands, and waving celebrities (while 44 million more tune in to the NBC TV broadcast).The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® features more than 10,000 participants, along with fabulous floats and Macy's signature giant helium character balloons. In 2006, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Macy's is promising new balloons, floats, and other surprises to mark the occasion. You can expect to see Snoopy, Pikachu, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and many more. Performers will include the Harlem Globetrotters and the New York City Ballet.
See the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® will start at 9AM on November 23rd, 2006 and end at approximately noon. Planning to view the parade in person this year? Here's what you need to know. Parade Route:The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® begins at 77th Street and Central Park West. It proceeds to Columbus Circle along Central Park West and turns onto Broadway. The Parade then marches down Broadway and turns west on 34th Street, just past Macy's Herald Square. The parade finishes at 7th Avenue.
From Central Park West: The west side of the street from 70th Street to Columbus Circle and on the east side of the street from 70th to 65th Street.
Columbus Circle: The west side of the street.
Broadway: Between 58th and 38th Streets.
34th Street: The south side of the street between Broadway and 7th Avenue.Keep in mind that here is no public viewing or press access on Broadway from 34th to 38th Street. On 34th Street from Broadway to 7th Avenue, limited viewing is available on the south side of the street only.
Make sure you get there early if you want a good view. The crowd starts to form as early as 6:30AM for a sort of informal pre-parade street party. Stop for donuts and coffee and have breakfast al fresco while you wait. Macy’s advises people to leave folding chairs at home. They become cumbersome when the crowds start filling up the sidewalk. Don’t forget to dress warmly. November in New York gets pretty chilly after a couple of hours outside. Layers are always a good bet.
If you’d rather stay inside, you can watch the parade live on NBC from 9AM to 12 Noon.