Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – New Route for 2009

What better way to kick-off Thanksgiving than by watching the world-famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – either in person along the parade route or on TV. If you’ve never seen the parade live, it’s worth doing at least once… if you don’t mind large crowds.

Make sure you arrive early if you want to get a prime viewing spot along this year’s NEW Parade Route – spectators arrive as early as 6:30am. Wear layers because the weather can be unpredictable during that time of year – remember… it’s winter in New York.

See Festive Floats, Marching Bands, Cheerleaders, Celebrities, Performers, Clowns, Santa and his Reindeer… and NYC’s one-and-only fabulous Radio City Rockettes. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade runs from 9am-12 noon (EST) rain or shine.

Check local TV listings if you’re watching The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at home or with family and friends. We look forward to watching the parade on TV every year – it’s the next best thing to actually being there! Our favorite part is watching the Radio City Rockettes perform – there’s NO one quite like them! If you’re in NY during the Holiday Season, don’t miss seeing the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular – it’s the BEST holiday show in New York… and our favorite show ever!

Locals Tip for Thanksgiving Eve: Go to Central Park to see the massive parade balloons being inflated.This usually takes place on both sides of the American Museum of Natural History at Central Park West and Columbus Avenue (on 77th and 81st Streets) from approximately 3-10pm. If you’ve never done this before, it’s a lot of fun – with or without kids. And it’s a good excuse for getting together with friends for dinner in the city afterwards.

How are you going to spend Thanksgiving this year? If you’re going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, give a wave to the Rockettes:)

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