Thanks New York Style
Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thursday, November 24th, 2011
matter what your age, everyone becomes a kid when Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade rolls down to Herald Square. Whether
your favorite is the Charlie Brown balloon, the Barney float,
or the marching bands, it seems that the hands down winner
by the end of the parade is ...Santa!
2011, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which traditionally
heads down Broadway, has a new route, which bypasses Broadway
Central Park West and 77th Street the parade travels down
to Columbus Circle and makes a turn onto Central Park South.
When the parade reaches Seventh Avenue, it turns and goes
down Seventh Avenue, to Times Square, It then turns east
to Sixth Avenue and travels down to Macy's at 34th Street
and Herald Square.
best places to watch?
Central Park West: the west side of the street from 70th
Street to Columbus Circle and on the east side of the
street from 70th to 65th Street.
Circle: the west side of the street.
Street: the south side of the street between Broadway
and 7th Avenue.
is no public viewing or press access in front of Macy's
on Broadway from 34th to 38th Street.
a good spot, get to midtown early. Check the public
transportation schedules, and don't drive into the city
on a day with a "gridlock alert" posted. People
start arriving as early as 6:30AM and many of them come
in by bus or train from miles around. With over 60 million
viewers across the country and 3 million spectators that
line up along the streets of New York City each year, the
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has
grown into a world-famous holiday event.
best hotels to book
year, for months in advance best viewing hotels
along the parade route are booked solid - by families
and groups of friends who want a front row seat at one of
the most amazing public spectacles on the planet. Here are
the handful that usually make the viewing A-list:
Novotel 226 West 52nd St.
Plaza Manhattan 1605 Broadway info rates map
Broadway 145 W. 44th St.
Manhattan Hotel 790 7th Ave.
New York 811 7th Ave.
308 W. 58th St.
more nearby hotels along the side streets are also jam-packed
with visitors who come in for the weekend to help kick off
the annual holiday season that always begins with the Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade history & fun facts
is a long and colorful one. For almost 80 years, it has
continued to grow in size and scale, as the parade proudly
marches down a 2.5 mile route in New York City with over
10,000 participants - including Macy’s employees,
their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance
groups in tow. Featuring fabulous floats and America's best
marching bands, the signature of the parade continues to
be the giant helium character balloons.
holidays begin for parents and children with St. Nick's
arrival. Grownups seem to be a little kinder in the spirit
of the season. Children are on their best behavior as they
put lists of wishes on paper for the magical elves to pack
in Santa's bags.
with those less able to provide a happy holiday is part
of the joy of giving that permeates the air. Many local
organizations join in the charitable feeling. As you prepare
for holiday shopping remember those who cannot share the
fun of standing at store check-out counters and searching
every toy store for that one special gift that must be under
the tree. Giving joy to others is the message of the parade
that shouts above the commercialism of the holidays.
smiles on the faces of adults and kids are not for sale
at any price. The memories of standing in the cold watching
Santa arrive provide warmth through all the cold days of
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Internet links:
Thanksgiving Day Parade Official Site
Thanksgiving Day Parade History
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2002
Thanksgiving Day Parade Photo Gallery