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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Listed under Festivals in New York City, United States.

  • Photo of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Photo of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Photo of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Photo of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Photo of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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Each American family has their own Thanksgiving Day traditions leading up to the gut busting dinner. Some spend the day driving to relatives’ houses, others have a family football game or run in a Turkey Trot, but one of the most popular ways to begin the day is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For the past 80 years the Macy’s has kicked off the holiday season, in New York City, with this national favorite that draws 3.5 million spectators and a television audience of 50 million.

The colorful parade features massive balloons of America’s favorite characters like Snoopy, floats carrying celebrities, college and high school marching bands from all over the country and even performances by Broadway stars and the iconic Radio City Rockettes.

If you’re watching the parade at home turn your television to NBC at 9 o’clock. For those braving the cold for the experience of seeing this spectacular show in person, get there early. The crowds start lining the route as early as 6:30. The time will pass by quickly if you pick up some breakfast and join the informal street party that takes place before the parade.

Written by  Alex Johnson.

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