Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
The holidays are around the corner and no one knows how to do them better than New York City. With Thanksgiving almost upon us, many New Yorkers are busy gearing up for the long weekend filled with turkey, football, and of course, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
This will be the 90th year of the parade, and still after 90 years, thousands of locals crowd the sidewalks to get a glimpse of the magnificent views. Not a local? No worries. This article has everything you need to know on how to master the Macy’s Parade like a real New Yorker.
WHERE AND WHEN
The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, which is Thursday November 24 this year. The official start of the parade is at 77th street and Central Park West, however parade viewing begins two blocks down at 75th street. The parade marches down Central Park West all the way to Columbus Circle. From there, it moves east until it reaches 6th Ave. Once there, it resumes it’s path south toward 34th street until it makes its final move west and ends at 7th Ave.
HOW TO WATCH
Luckily, most of the parade is open for public view, but be prepared, the parade starts at 9 a.m and many people will be getting there much earlier. If you want to snag a good viewing spot along the park or down Sixth Ave, brew yourself a pot of coffee and get over there around 6 a.m.
Central Park is closed for parade viewing except for invitation only grand stand viewing. Unfortunately, our guide can’t get you on that list.
Some locals love watching the parade from friend’s apartments, but for most of us, this isn’t an option. Luckily, the shops at Columbus Circle give the same effect. Hang out in one of the many stores and get an aerial view of all of the magic. Not only do you get to enjoy the park from indoors, but you also get a sneak peek at some Black Friday steals,
WHAT TO EXPECT
Prepare for jumbo sized balloons, breathtaking floats, and a star studded lineup consisting of performances and appearances by Tony Bennet, Aloe Blacc, Kelsea Ballerini, Sarah McLaughlin, Laurie Hernandez, Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson, the Muppets, and much much more.
We all have a lot to be thankful for this year. Don’t forget to add the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to your list.