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Macy's Thanksgiving Parade 2011

Keith Hering guy holding heart at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Keith Haring balloon in the 2008 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade via Seth Holladay on Flickr

The parade steps off November 24th at 9am – 77th and Central Park West

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade rules the roost when it comes to holiday events in New York City – even if it’s mostly people from out of town who crowd around the balloons.

You can follow along with using the Macy’s Parade iPhone and Android app, where you can track parade participants, baloons, or floats and even use the in-app directory for more information on the parade and the surrounding area.

The parade route is as follows:

  • Beginning at 77th Street the parade moves down Central Park West to Columbus Circle at 59th Street and turns east towards Seventh Ave.
  • On Seventh Ave, the parade passes by Radio City Music Hall and Times Square before turning towards Sixth Ave on 42nd Street.
  • The final leg of parade takes it past Bryant Park and around the corner to end in front of Macy’s Department Store.

If you’re planning on viewing the parade from near Macy’s or one of the popular observation spots, be advised that Macy’s recommends showing up at 6:30am to claim your spot before the parade starts at 9am.

The inflation of the famous Macy’s Parade balloons takes place Wednesday evening, when the large balloons are filled and begin to lift off the ground in preparation for the big event. From 3pm to 10pm at the Museum of Natural History, you can stop by and see the Macy’s balloons being inflated!

Can’t make it to the parade? Check out NBC New York or your local NBC station, which will be carrying live coverage of the parade beginning at 9am.

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