I am a bit sad that I won’t be able to join this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, since it is just a wonderful, romantic kick-off for the holiday season. I just have so many warm, lovely memories when thinking of the days I used to live in the US. For the first time I will be staying in Munich, hosting my first traditional Thanksgiving dinner outside the USA. I will probably start trying out different recipes all week long, watching cheesy, romantic movies such as Elf or Miracle on 34th street and will live in my Disney bubble. :-)
However, if you are in New York or are planning a short trip over Thanksgiving, you should definitely make sure to watch the parade. It’s just not the same as on television – believe me, I know what I am talking about.
There are three recommended stretches or spots on the route for watching the parade: the first leg along Central Park West, Time Warner Center and, finally, along Sixth Avenue between Central Park South and 38th Street. The section from 38th Street to Herald Square and Macy’s department store is the telecast area and closed to the public. While there is limited space for viewing along the south side of 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, the sight lines are seriously compromised by cameras, lights and scaffolding.
Central Park West: Viewing starts at 75th Street (two blocks down from the official start of the parade) and is only open to the public on the west side. Central Park is closed for invite-only grandstand seating. The parade runs along this stretch from 9–10:30am, so early birds who don’t mind turning up at 6am to snag a prime spot should flock here.
Time Warner Center: The Shops at Columbus Circle open at 9am on Thanksgiving Day. From the second and third floors of the mall, you’ll enjoy an elevated view of the parade streaming down Central Park West.
Sixth Avenue: The floats and balloons reach Sixth Avenue at about 9:30am, so arrive at this 21-block portion as late as 7am and you should still find a good spot.
So, when you are around, make sure to be there VERY early ’cause the crowds down there are crrrrrrrrraaaaaaaazy. But it’s still worth it. I will definitely watch it on television when preparing my Thanksgiving dinner. <3