Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a traditional NYC event where giant balloons cover the sky and the streets are filled with marching bands, floating stages, scenes from Broadway shows, dancers, clowns and millions of spectators. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, and it is followed by Black Friday and the endless pre-Christmas shopping sales.
This year, Macy’s Parade will take place on Thursday, November 27 from 9am to around 12pm. The marching begins at 77th Street & Central Park West, near the American Museum of Natural History and continues south until 34th Street and 7th Avenue.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Tips
If you want to watch the parade live – and if you are tourist in NYC, you must – follow these tips:
– When to arrive? Although the parade officially kicks off at 9am, in order to find a reasonable viewing spot you should arrive at 7am the latest.
– Where to watch? Central Park is closed for public and so is telecast area around Macy’s department store, and the official viewing area on 34th Street is usually extremely crowded. Still, if you’ll follow are first advice, you can find some excellent spots at Central Park West from 75th Street, the second and third floors at Time Warner Center and Sixth Avenue or 6th Avenue. It is also recommended to choose a viewing spot near restaurants or coffee shops for optional food and bathroom breaks.
– What to bring? Obviously a camera or a fully charged smartphone, and also warm clothes and comfortable shoes (the public seats are reserved for Macy’s executives and other VIPs).
Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation Event
Inflating the balloons in helium is a pre-parade traditional event held a day before the parade near the American Museum of Natural History, and it provides a great opportunity for children and adults alike to watch the giant cartoon characters and Thanksgiving symbols coming to life in the shape of huge balloons.