The Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade first took off in 1924, as Macy’s employees paraded two blocks in their finest costumes towards the 34th Street signature store. Fast forward to 2018 and the three-hour event has become the world’s largest parade. With gigantic balloons, live performances and costumes galore, here are our recommendations for where to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year.
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When it comes to the Macy’s Day Parade the early bird sure catches the worm. Public viewing of the parade begins westside on 72nd Street with festivities marching on from 9am to 10:30am along the Central Park West stretch. We recommend getting there extra early and packing extra layers!
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While the sidewalks along Columbus Circle are closed for the parade onlookers can head to the Shops at Columbus Circle, opening from 9am onwards. You unfortunately won’t be able to hear any of the live music, bands or performances, but watching from the second and third levels of the Shops is definitely the warmer option, more instagrammable, option.
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Thanksgiving Day can seem more like a marathon than a sprint, so if you fancy a sleep in – we don’t blame you! The beginning of the parade reaches 59th Street and Sixth Avenue by 9:30am and flies down towards 38th street. Prime viewing can be found within this stretch of the parade.
This goes out to all you comfort queens: stay in! Put on a bathrobe, order breakfast and flick on NBC at 9am ET. With 43 balloons, 26 floats, 12 marching bands, and 1200 dancers, including live performances by Martina McBride, Rita Ora, and the Muppets, you wouldn’t want to miss a single drop of all this tasty Thanksgiving goodness! Put your feet up, we won’t tell.