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Day Parade in NYC!
When: Thanksgiving Day, at 9AM
Parade Route: After it kicks off at 77th Street and Central Park West, the parade travels down to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the parade makes its final turn west and ends at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square.
my family and I went to New York City for Thanksgiving.
the things on our holiday to-do list while seeing New York was to see the Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade.
have watched it on television every year so I thought it would
be a great experience to see it .... live!
was uncharacteristically warm for a Thanksgiving in New York
City, so we didn't need our jackets never mind warm
hats, scarves, gloves or even the traditional hot cocoa. (I
was glad I had the stroller with me, if only for someplace
to put all the gear that was shed.)
a best viewing spot on 40th Street & 7th Avenue where we
could see pretty much everything, including up-close visits
by the famous Macy's clowns who stepped right up to say hello,
throw some confetti, and get the crowd cheering!
by little, the children inched their way under the barricades
when, suddenly, the entire area was filled with little munchkins
sitting cross-legged just waiting to see Santa
police enjoyed the children's excitement. They gently tip-toed
through the children and even patted a few on their heads
as they passed. The kiddie
section, surrounded by parents, was a special treat for the grownups who had traveled many miles
for the same purpose...to see their children happy.
adult, I didn't think it was all that important to see the
parade in person, but for the kids there was nothing but sheer
delight as they saw favorite celebrities or bigger-than-life characters, such as Ronald McDonald and Spiderman, waving from high above.
giant balloons, and the festive atmosphere all contributed
to the spark of magic reflected in their watchful eyes, and I wouldn't have missed that for anything in the world.
Katrina Cramer-Diaz is a working mom with a background in
education and plenty of experience in parenting. She lives
in Virginia with her four children..
also see -> Christmas in New York City