New York Events: Park Lane Hotel and Other NY Hotels Welcome Throngs of Visitors Who Come to the City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most well-known New York Events. Millions watch the Event live while tens of millions watch the festivities on TV.
About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most iconic of all New York Events. The first took place in 1924 and it has grown into something that is loved by millions of people around the country. In many households, watching the Parade on TV is an important Thanksgiving tradition.
While the final food preparations are being made, and old Tom is cooking in the oven, the family is gathered in the living room, watching the giant balloons, beautiful floats, marching bands and other parade participants.
More than 44 million people watch this New York Event on TV, but there is something special about seeing it live. The streets along the parade route are flooded with about 3.5 million people who come to enjoy this New York tradition in person.
Tips for Attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
- Get up early! The best viewing spots along the parade route will fill up quickly. Some people stake out their spots as early as 6 a.m. If you want to be close the street for the best view, you should plan to get there quite early.
- Dress warm! This is, after all, New York City in winter. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee as well, but remember: public drinking is not allowed in New York City, so no alcohol.
- VIP tickets are given out by Macy’s to their executives and select other people. While these tickets are not for sale to the public from Macy’s, you can often find some on StubHub and similar sites. For last year’s parade, the VIP tickets were going for $900 on StubHub. Sure, that’s steep, but you’d be guaranteed the best viewing spot for the parade. Many would say that is priceless.
- Can’t wait for Parade Day? Head to the American Museum of Natural History the day before the parade where you can watch as the giant balloons are inflated. This is becoming more popular each year, and it is a great chance to see the balloons up close. Viewing times are from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Interesting Facts About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has taken place every year since 1924 with the exception of 1942, 1943 and 1944. During those years the parade was canceled due to World War II.
- The New York Event was first broadcast on national TV in 1947.
- The Snoopy balloon debuted in 1968, and it has appeared in the parade more than any other character.
Route for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
Note that the parade route can change slightly from year to year. The 2013 parade route began at 77th Street and Central Park West. It then traveled down Columbus Circle and onto Central Park South. Finally it moved from 59th Street to 34th Street and finished at Macy’s Herald Square.