Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is about as American as apple pie, and has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition for millions since 1924. The parade runs up Central Park West and 6th Ave in New York City, and features an impressive display of floats, marching bands, musical acts and iconic oversized balloons of famed pop culture characters like Snoopy, Kermit and Bugs Bunny. Other notable moments include performances from original Broadway casts and an impressive lineup of high school marching bands from around the country. All of the sights, sounds and glamour of New York City in one holiday extravaganza.
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Neighbourhood: Tenderloin
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  • 59th St – Columbus Circle • 4 min walk
  • 59th St – Columbus Circle • 4 min walk
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WPLandry
Fairfax, VA554 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
This was on our bucket list and I am so glad we did it this year. While it's not something I would do every year, it is something I would do again. Be ready for crowds, but then again, that's NYC in general! Streets are blocked off, which is actually really cool. Before and after the parade, you can experience the streets of NY in a unique way - no cars! We took full advantage of just walking around before and after to really see the city in a way you don't often get. As for the parade, it's everything you see on TV except the performances. Mostly, you just get to see everything coming down the streets unless you camp out in one of the performance zones.
Written 7 January 2024
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jesijames5
7 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
If you have ever thought about going, do it!
Auch a.great tike of year to be in the city. So much to see and do!
Written 10 December 2023
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Donna P
Jacksonville Beach, FL24 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
A dream come true. Our family had one of the best vacations ever in NYC for the Macy's Parade. It was everything we dreamed and more. If it's on your list, make it happen! Well worth every penny.
Written 29 November 2023
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leslie s
NEW YORK/USA76 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Omg!! What fun!! This is a must do for all. Watching on TV is great to see but to actually be up close to all the floats is magical. The little ones will be in awe! I was on 36th across from Gotham city. It was absolutely perfect for floats. If you want to see the bands perform then between 37th-39th will be where you need to be. There is plenty places to get coffee or a snack. The day was magical even though no place to go to bathroom.
Written 29 November 2023
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Mommy R
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Family
I'm very unhappy with the parade this year. inappropriate sayings and songs. Especially the one that was about sex. I have a 1 year old watching it and an 8 year old. Green giant the wind beneath his knees not good to say. You guys should think about what songs you guys sing before singing and making sure it's appropriate for kids . Im never watching the macys day parade again unless that changed. What happened to the pg13 parade kids can watch to.
Written 23 November 2023
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coconutugly
Marbella, Spain1,496 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
We didn’t wake up early, just enjoyed the vibe on this day. Saw the parade towards to the end, and even with sardine cans of people it was fun. Felt safe and relived my childhood
Written 6 March 2023
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Erica M
4 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
Love the Macy's Holiday parade, been watching since I was a kid on tv. Very beautiful balloons. Nice family fun and Marching bands with great performances.
Written 12 December 2022
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Adventuresofsonyat
Paducah, KY226 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
The favorite part of my experience was seeing the balloons in person. The parade has always been exciting to watch on television but to see it in person is fabulous. A must on the bucket list. I encourage staying at a hotel on tge parade route, so you can go in and out if you’re cold. Take a small stool to sit on and mark your spot. Despite how early you go out, time seems to fly and you’ll be off to the rest of days agenda.
Written 7 December 2022
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Kim E
1 contribution
Nov 2022
I have just returned from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2022 and want to write a detailed review. I did a lot of research about the parade before going, and a lot of what I read is just simply not true. First, THERE ARE BATHROOMS. That was my biggest concern since we were leaving at 5:00 am and wouldn't have access to a bathroom until the parade was over. Second, you are not packed in like sardines. You can easily leave to go to the bathroom or get food and drinks. Third, get there earlier than 6:00 if you want to be on the front. The 6:00-6:30 time frame that was so recommended will not score you a front row spot. Fourth, you can bring chairs, and security will not ask you to put them up before the parade starts. Many people held spots for family members who were still in bed by using chairs. Fifth, the parade did not start promptly at 9:00. Sixth, the people around you are genuinely nice and will not try to steal your spot or try to push in front of you when the parade begins. Seventh, you will not be bored or freeze to death while waiting on the parade to begin.
Here is our experience in a nutshell:
We woke up and decided not to have coffee or breakfast to decrease our chances of having to go to the bathroom during the parade. We took a couple of bottles of water and some goldfish and granola bars to eat or drink if we needed it. We also took 2 lightweight portable camping chairs (Moon Lence Ultralight Foldable Camping Chairs with Carry Bags from Amazon- 2 for $57 - 2 1/2 pounds and easily slide into a back pack), three blankets, and lots of hand warmers and foot warmers (Hot Hands Hand and Toe Warmers- 48 for $23 from Amazon).
We left our daughter's apartment in Brooklyn at 5:15 am, a little later than we wanted. Because it was a holiday, the trains were not running as often, so we didn't get to our chosen parade spot until 6:20 am. We were trying to be there by 6:00 am. to get a front row spot, but it didn't happen. We chose to watch the parade between 71st Street and 70th Street across the street from Central Park West. When we arrived, there were no spots remaining along the gates, so we ended up on the second row. Most everyone who had front row spots had gotten there between 4:30 and 5:00 am. Even though we were on the second row, we had an incredible view of the parade. We spread out a blanket for our girls (22 and 27) and we set up our chairs and had a good time talking to the people around us while we waited for the parade to start. By 7:30, our sidewalk was filled from the building to the parade gate, but we were not packed in like sardines. The first three rows were filled with people sitting in chairs, and the remaining rows were standing room only. We could easily get out and no one tried to get our spot while we were gone. My daughters left around 7:00 to get coffee. They came back around 8:00 and had no trouble getting back to us. They left again around 8:25 to go to the restroom, and I was super worried that they would not be able to make it back to us before the parade started since more people had packed in, but they had no problems. There were 3 port a potties in the middle of the street on 71st Street just down from us. Across the street were about 10 port a potties at the 72nd Street entrance to Central Park. In addition, there are numerous bathroom facilities that open at dawn in Central Park. You can download a Central Park restroom map online or pick up one in the park. We scouted out the restrooms the day before the parade because it was my biggest concern. Some of the Central Park restrooms say they close mid November on the online site, but all of them were open on Thanksgiving Day. I also saw at least 10 port a potties on Columbus Circle at the 60th Street entrance to Central Park, and there are public restrooms at Tavern on the Green on the 67th Street entrance to Central Park. If you needed a restroom, you could certainly find one. My daughters even used the restroom in the Starbucks coffee shop they visited earlier in the morning. I don't know if this is something new, but there were plenty of restrooms to be found. Note: you cannot cross the street to Central Park during the parade, so if you want to use those restrooms, get a spot on the Central Park side. Many of the spots are reserved bleacher seating on the Central Park side, so make sure you choose a spot without bleachers. My daughters got back from the restroom around 8:40. While they were gone, no one tried to take their spots or push their way to the front. I had read to bring blankets and chairs to help secure your space if you left, so I am glad we had them for this reason. It still did not feel claustrophobic when the parade started, and the crowd seemed to leave a very small place for people to walk.
The temperature when we arrived that morning was 39, and it was 44 by the time the parade was over. We wore thick coats, scarves, gloves, and hats, we covered up with blankets, and we had hand warmers and feet warmers in our gloves and shoes. Because we were across the street from Central Park, the sun came up and shone on us the entire time which certainly helped keep us warm. It was chilly, but not uncomfortably cold. I'm sure it would have felt much colder in the shade of the NYC buildings if we had watched the parade there. We had a few sips of water and ate some goldfish but never got hungry or thirsty. I was worried about not having coffee since I drink 2-3 cups every morning, but I did just fine. I was super happy to get coffee once the parade ended though.
The parade started at 8:52, not 9:00 am. The police escort was actually set up right in front of us, so it was neat to see them start up the sirens and motorcycle engines and kick off the parade. Everyone around us folded up their blankets so that others could get closer, but no one folded up their chairs, and no one told us to fold them up. That is probably why we never felt packed in like sardines. The people in front of us have been coming for years and said that they had never seen so many people at the parade. They assumed the large crowd was due to a combination of beautiful weather and pent up post Covid travel. Whatever the case, we have felt more crowded waiting at the Ticket and Transportation Center during Thanksgiving at Disney World than we did at the Macy's parade with "record level crowds". My husband tends to get claustrophobic in crowds, but he never felt like it was overly crowded at the parade. Again, I think this is because we had chairs and were on the second row . I imagine that standing shoulder to shoulder with strangers for hours would make anyone feel very crowded, but we were prepared and planned ahead so this would not happen.
We loved the in-person parade experience. The balloons were amazing, and the balloon handlers were phenomenal. The celebrities on the floats made eye contact with us and we could hear everything they said while they passed by on the floats. The performers interacted with all of us and covered us in confetti and "Happy Thanksgiving" wishes. Every band played as they passed by us, and it wasn't overly loud. The entire experience was fantastic, and I would go back in a heartbeat.
The parade ended with Santa passing by at 10:40. It was not chaotic getting out of there, and the lines were not ridiculously long for the bathrooms. We folded up our chairs, put them in our backpacks, and walked to the restrooms in Central Park. There were probably 5 or 6 people in line for each port a potty we passed, but we were able to walk right in to the restrooms at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park. After using the restrooms, we walked to Le Pain Quotidien in Central Park to get our coffee. There were about 20 people in line in front of us, but the line moved very quickly. After getting our coffee, we sat on a park bench, sipped on our coffee, and talked about the parade until it was time to leave for our 12:00 reservation at Serendipity. It was a magical day, and I highly recommend it for anyone like me who has dreamed of seeing the parade in person since they were little.
Written 6 December 2022
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gjkuk
Ulverston, UK117 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
we had a great time at the parade.we were walking along 6ave and came to a barrier my wife asked if we could get to the other side we were told to come in and stand there which we did. Unknown to us we were in the NYPD fallen hero's section for there family's. We were aloud to stay there with some very nice people from NY. just across from radio city.great place to be.
Written 29 November 2022
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