Manhattan is prepared for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, the annual competition for giant balloons, floats, cheerleaders, clowns, orchestras and celebrities.
On November 27, 2014, the 88th Annual Parade will begin in Central Park West and West 77th Street, head down Central Park West and travel east along Central Park South to Sixth Avenue. From there, the procession will move south from West 59th Street to West 34th Street, ending in front of Macy’s leading store in Herald Square.
There are three recommended sections or locations along the route for watching the parade: the first stage on Central Park West, the Time Warner Center, and finally on Sixth Avenue between Central Park South and 38th Street. The section from 38th Street to Herald Square and Macy’s Department Store is the broadcasting area and is closed to the public. Although there is limited viewing space on the south side of 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, the line of sight is severely compromised by cameras, lights, and scaffolding.
Sixth Avenue: The floats and balloons reach Sixth Avenue around 9:30 in the morning, so you don’t get to this part of the 21 blocks until 7 in the morning and you still have to find a good place.
Time Warner Center: Columbus Circle stores open at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving. From the second and third floors of the mall you will enjoy an elevated view of the parade, which runs down Central Park West. As an added bonus, you will also see the light display of Holiday Under the Stars.
Central Park West: The tour begins on 75th Street (two blocks from the official start of the parade) and is only open to the public on the west side. Central Park is closed to invitation areas only by invitation. The parade runs through this section from 9-10: 30 in the morning, so the early birds, who do not mind appearing at 6 in the morning to capture a first-class place, must flock here.