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November 18, 2015
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Moons ago, the Pilgrims and their Puritan pals got together to give thanks, feast upon the fruits of their harvest, kick off their shoes, and generally have a rollicking good time. The bonnets and buckles may well be long gone (and that’s something to be thankful for right there), but the tradition of Thanksgiving still lives on.

Few cities take these historic festivities more seriously than New York. Transformed from its humble beginnings, Gotham has been putting on the biggest, brightest, all-singing, all-dancing, procession to end all processions for nigh on 90 years – the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Attended by 3.5 million holiday-hungry folks, with a further 50 million tuning in at home, the two-and-a-half-mile-long pageant, that began in 1924, now heralds the unofficial start to the festive season, featuring more than 1,500 dancers, 1,000 clowns, 30 floats and countless inflatable characters.

To nab a coveted front-row posi, early birds arrive from six in the morning to line the route from Central Park West (best along the west side of 75th Street), Time Warner Center (the second and third floors of the Shops at Columbus Circle offer a balloon’s-eye view of the action), and, finally, along Sixth Avenue, between Central Park South and 38th Street.

Or if you really can’t face rising that early, make your way to 77th and 81st Streets between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue the afternoon before the main event for a sneak peak of the balloons. Shhh!

26 Nov, 2015.

From 77th St & Central Park W to Macy’s Herald Sq / from 9am / macys.com

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