NEW YORK — Thanksgiving means getting together with family and watching football for many Americans. But to New Yorkers, the holiday also means balloons, marching bands and floats parading through the streets of Manhattan.
The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Thursday and is scheduled to end around noon.
In its 90th year, the parade will start at Central Park West and 77th Street and travel downtown along the park. The route then travels through Columbus Circle and along Central Park South, then turns onto Sixth Avenue. The parade will then head more than 20 blocks downtown for the majority of its route, before finally turning onto 34th Street to end at Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square.
Those eager to watch the balloons and floats pass by should expect to get to the route early to secure spots and navigate the many closed streets and blockades.
For those in the city on Thanksgiving looking to avoid the parade, check here to see the extensive list of street closures — some of which will be shut down as early as midnight Wednesday.
Visitors can also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the balloons Wednesday night as employees are tasked with inflating them throughout the day. Admission to the balloon area stops at 9:15 p.m. and viewing ends at 10 p.m.