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One of the oldest Thanksgiving parades in the country, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade – commonly referred to as simply the Macy’s Day Parade – has been an annual event in New York since 1924... ... read more

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Description

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Holiday Event | Parade in New York.

One of the oldest Thanksgiving parades in the country, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade – commonly referred to as simply the Macy’s Day Parade – has been an annual event in New York since 1924, drawing upwards of three-million live spectators and a TV audience in excess of forty million.

The Macy’s Day Parade’s history is rooted in that classic American melting pot axiom. Many of the Macy’s department store employees were first-generation immigrants in the 20s, and they were looking for a way to celebrate their cultural heritage with a parade reminiscent of the traditional street festivities common in Europe.

Although much smaller than the present day event, the first Macy’s Day Parade had many of the same components, with employees and professional entertainers in costume, along with bands, floats, and even live animals from the Central Park Zoo.

These days the live animals stay at home, making room for the several dozen massive balloons, ornate floats, and hundreds of live music and other performers who take part in the Macy’s Day Parade every year.

Pop-culture characters dominate the balloon designs, with block-length SpongeBobs, Barneys, and Babars lurching down the Macy’s Day Parade route, which normally begins on 77th Street and Central Park West.

Floats like a mini-version of Mount Rushmore, the Sesame Street set, Marvel Comic icons, and even Masters of the Universe join Broadway performers, college marching bands, and lots of famous singers as everyone proceeds south along Central Park to Columbus Circle, then ventures two blocks east to proceed down Sixth Avenue before eventually terminating at Herald Square.

Towards the end of the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade, as it has been since the very beginning, Santa Claus is welcomed into Herald Square.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade User Comments

Karianne R. May 29, 2013
Oh my...the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Well, anyone who goes to this knows what they're getting into. It's a lot of waiting, very crowded, and sometimes very cold. But honestly, you can't live in New York City and not see the Macy's parade at least once. So if you're thinking about making that trek this holiday season, here are a few pieces of advice from someone who's been there before. First, get there early!! The parade starts at 9, but I would recommend arriving at 5 or 6 (at the latest) in order to get a good spot where you're able to see and aren't being smothered by other attendees. If you get there that early you're going to be waiting for a few hours, so try to bring some blankets, snacks, or hot chocolate to warm up. I personally think its best to sit at the beginning of the parade route (which I believe is 77th Street and Central Park West). If you're at the beginning, you won't have to wait as long for the parade to reach you once it starts, and you can get out quicker once the parade ends. When the parade is over, be prepared for every subway station, restaurant, coffee place, and store within a 10 mile radius to be packed as hell. It's going to be difficult to get food or find a bathroom right after the parade is over since hundreds of other people will be doing the same, so keep that in mind. And lastly, if you get to the parade and see that there are people in front of you, DO NOT CUT OR PUSH THEM SO THAT YOU CAN SEE BETTER!!! People have been waiting for a long time and are pretty cranky, so if you try to cut or push your way through the crowds, you're just going to get yelled at. Trust me, not worth it. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is definitely a bit stressful and a bit of work, but I think it's worth it to see at least once n your lifetime. So grab your hot chocolate and some patience and get ready!
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