The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 77th Street & Central Park West at 9am. It lasts about 3 hours and ends at 34th and 7th Avenue.
The parade is a national event that kicks off the holiday season with a bang. People all over the country have the parade on as they are preparing their Thanksgiving dinner and propelling their minds into the holiday spirit.
Here are some of our favorite balloons throughout the years that we chose out of the hundreds that have taken route down 34th Street.
Mr. Potato Head
Kermit the Frog
If you planned ahead and have a hotel room on the parade route, then you will probably have one of the best views of the event. The hotels on the parade route sell out months in advance though so you really have to take the initiative to book a room early.
If you are adventurous you can go to Central Park the night before the parade and watch as the balloons are inflated and prepared for the next morning. The inflating usually starts at around 4pm on Thanksgiving Eve on 77th & 81st Streets between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. These giant balloons usually take up over two city blocks while they are waiting to make their entrance. They are inflated under huge nets to keep them from being seen in their full glory until their parade debut.
Thank you Macy’s and New York City for giving us this fabulous event that we look forward to ever year.