The 2009 the 83rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is fast approaching. This year it will be held on Thursday, November 26th from 9am to noon. The parade is one of those free things to do in New York that make this city so special. But get to the parade route early and stake out a good place to view. Most arrive before 7:00am to even be close to getting front row seating along the route. Dress warmly as the average morning temperature at this time of year here in New York is about 40 degrees. Think layers, that way you can remove them as the sun appears and the day gets warmer. Stake your position, settle in and enjoy!
THE PARADE ROUTE
The 2009 parade begins at 9:00am at 77th Street and Central Park West and meanders its way down to Macy’s flagship department store at Herald Square, 34th Street and 6th Ave. It will begin at 9:00am outside the American Museum of Natural History, between 77th and 81st Sts. at Central Park West. It heads south on Central Park West alongside Central Park. On this stretch of the Parade, the balloons are held close to the ground, to avoid trees and crosswinds. At Columbus Circle (on the southwest corner of Central Park), the parade turns onto Broadway. Once on Broadway, the balloons are raised to their full height and the parade continues southeast, through Times Square, to the Macy’s building at Herald Square (where Broadway intersects with 34th St. and the Avenue of the Americas). The Parade will end as it takes a right turn onto 34th St, and another right onto 7th Ave, where the balloons and floats are then disassembled and trucked off. Plan on the entire parade lasting it’s usual three to four hours. As always, though, the length and the duration of the parade will depend on where you view it from. If your viewing place is closer to the beginning of the parade route, plan on about 1 1/2 hours. At Macy’s, plan on it lasting closer to 2.5-3 hours.
The Best Public Viewing Areas:
Central Park West: West side of street from 70th Street to Columbus Circle/East side of street from 70th to 65th streets
Columbus Circle: West side of street
Broadway: East and West side of avenue, between 58th & 38th Streets
34th Street: South side of street between Broadway & 7th Avenue