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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

- Cathleen

As soon as the ghosts and goblins are put away it seems like there are turkeys everywhere in sight. Thanksgiving is different for so many people: for some it’s a time for big family dinners, others like to take vacations to avoid the cooking. But still others — including 3.5 million people — gather together to watch the most famous parade in the country. Of course I’m talking about Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Every year since I can remember, my parents, sister, and I would watch the glorious parade on tv. It wasn’t until last year that I can say that I witnessed the greatest parade ever in person, up close, and personal.

The night before the parade, people can go to 77th and 81st streets between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue and watch the giant balloons get blown up and put under nets until the next morning for the whole world to see their debut. I got to see  all of the great blow ups including Hello Kitty, Buzz Light Year, Spongebob Squarepants, Shrek,  Kermit the Frog (see the picture below) the famous Macy stars at the end of the parade, near Santa’s arrival.

Kermit the Frog getting ready for the Parade


What was cool about my experience is that we were able to watch the parade from our hotel room window. We were almost face to face with the balloons, it was awesome. We had the tv on so we could watch all of the performers dance and sing too.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is something that everyone needs to experience once in their life. There is no need for tickets, people line up on the streets early so they can catch a glimpse. For the parade route and more helpful tips and tricks try out this link. Happy Thanksgiving!




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