Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014

Thanksgiving is upon us again. That reminds me of the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Growing up, I used to go every year. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a celebrated New York tradition. For people attending the Parade, here are some tips:

1. See the balloons being blown up.

It is far less crowded, and you have a much better chance of seeing the balloons up close by attending the free viewing of the famous big balloon inflation.

2. Get up very early, and dress in layers.

The Parade begins at 9 a.m., but approximately 3.5 million parade-goers take to the streets wanting the perfect view. Plan to arrive to claim your spot along the parade route by 6 a.m., and don’t think of moving from that spot. Pack a bag with snacks, a thermos of hot chocolate, and games or books to keep your kids entertained while waiting for the parade to begin. And remember that NYC wind can have quite the bite, so dress warmly in layers.

3. Know the Parade route.

There are three recommended stretches or spots on the route for watching the parade:
– The first leg along Central Park West
– Time Warner Center
– Sixth Avenue between Central Park South and 38th Street.

4. Find and book a reservation at NYC restaurant nearby for lunch.

Once the Parade ends, 3.5 million people are pushing their way to subways and out of the areas closed off to traffic to try to hail taxis. Instead of joining the stampede, find a nearby restaurant that is open on Thanksgiving and make a reservation for lunch. You can wait out the crowds while warming up over a hot meal.