The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, one of the oldest in the US, has been around every year since 1924 and it’s on its way again. So get set to be part of three hours of a fun spectacle, 9:00 AM onwards on 22nd November 2012.
It started out as Macy’s Christmas Parade with Macy’s staff and entertainment pro’s dressed all colorfully, musicians playing festive music and animals from the zoo, all marching from the store to 34th Street of Ney York City with one fourth of a million people witnessing. New things have been added all throughout the history of this parade but some things remain constant – the parade ends with welcoming Santa and the enthroning and crowning of Jolly Old Elf. The only period of when the parade didn’t happen was World War II, only to start again in 1945 and continue making its mark on US culture to date, larger than life with all kinds of balloons dotting the sky and people and animals walking the streets.
You have novelty balloons which you can fit on your head, full-sized ones of varied characters and the marvelous ‘Blue Sky Gallery’ with balloons showcasing awesome artworks. 2006 saw an important and much needed addition to the parade structure, safety measures such as wind measurement for balloons and arrangements to keep them near the ground when it was too windy or even remove them all if the wind is too fast.
This year’s parade route with start at Central Park West (77th Street) and go to Columbus Circle in all its pomp and show. Try to secure your spot early in the morning for a good view, you’ll find people arriving as early as around 6 AM. It’s going to be cold so come all set with warm clothing and a thermos of hot chocolate, coffee or your choice of beverage. If you’re enthusiastic enough to visit outside the American Museum of Natural History the evening before (3 to 10 PM), you’ll get to see them inflating the balloons.
MyCityWay is the official partner of Macy’s. Please download the MyCityWay Macy’s Thanksgiving Day app for I-phone or Android to know each and every small details about the parade. You can also get to know about nearby restaurant, cafe, restroom, even transit and weather reports from this app. MyCityWay Macy’s Thanksgiving Day app will make your day more delightful.
So make sure you don’t miss this classic event if you’re in NYC on the 22nd of November and just in case you do, you can catch a smaller version by Macy’s Parade in Pittsburgh two days later, it’s called the Season Parade.