What Makes New York City Amazing! The Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade!

Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate

So a few days ago I decided I wanted to go see the Macy's Day Parade for the first time.  Living in New York City I called the parade hotline wanting to know the logistics of what time the parade started, finished and most importantly what time do people start lining up to see it.  The gentlemen said that people start lining up around 5am for a 9am start and about an 11am finish.  I didn't know how I was going to convince my girlfriend to wake up that early to see that parade.  Luckily we live in the Upper West Side about two blocks from Central Park West, where the parade begins, and it wouldn't be much more than a five minute walk over to the parade route. 

So starting yesterday afternoon the floats and balloons start to get blown up and organized outside of the Museum of Natural History.  We walked up there around 5pm and it was already a mad-house.  The streets were crowded; the police were already directing traffic, people lining up to see the balloons inflated.  At that point I knew we would have to get to the parade route early to get a good spot.

So we arrived around 615am and already people had staked out most of the spots right next to the police barricades on the street.  We found a great spot right at the corner of 68th and Central Park West, a prime spot as far as I was concerned.  By 7am there was at least two rows of people lined up and by 8am it was officially packed.  The stragglers start showing up and try to squirm their way in front of you, one of my pet peeves.  Luckily the weather was great, a clear sunny morning, cold probably in the low 40s.  

The parade started at 9am and the floats and balloons started coming down.  The marching bands were terrific, saw a few celebrities, and watching the balloons navigate the streets was entertaining.  I was entertained the whole way; it was worth waking up so early, and putting up with the cold and huge crowds.  Definitely a lot more fun in person than on TV.  Can't wait to see it again next year!

I hope you enjoy some of the pictures, Let me know which ones are your favorite!

The Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade definitely makes New York City an amazing city to live in!


























































































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Paul Campbell Realtor Lexington
Rector Hayden, Lexington, Ky - Lexington, KY
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Thanks Morgan,

Traditions like the parade are what make these holidays so special.  Thanks for posting the great pictures.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Paul Campbell


Nov 27, 2008 03:26 AM #1
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Fantastic photos, I love the smurfs! You did have a great spot along with the beautiful weather that is super parade friendly!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

Nov 27, 2008 04:09 AM #2
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Morgan, great pictures! I think Shrek is my favorite!

Nov 27, 2008 09:26 AM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Morgan, I didn't get to the city today because I was cooking but that parade is just amazing!   I had to make do with seeing it on TV but you could FEEL the excitement.

Nov 27, 2008 10:34 AM #4
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Morgan ~ You got some great shots!  I hate the people who push through to the front as well.  Probably why I prefer to watch it on television!

Nov 27, 2008 11:50 AM #5
Rosalinda Morgan
Brookville, NY
"The Rose Lady"

Great photos.  I saw a portion of the parade on TV but I had to go to Nutley and we got caught on the traffic around Fifth Ave and 37th St and it was terrible crossing town.  Several streets were blocked off and it took us 2 hours from Long Island to Nutley. 

Nov 27, 2008 12:38 PM #6
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Thanks for the post. My 13 year old niece, Danielle was singing and dancing with the Santa float in the finale. She was the one popping up and down trying to be seen because there was a rather large girl standing in front of her during part of the routine. We were all very proud of her for being selected and for doing such a great job!


Nov 28, 2008 02:29 AM #7
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Clayton, MO

I LOVE the Macys day parade....some day we will go to new York to see it live!! Great pictures. :)

Nov 28, 2008 02:45 AM #8
Beth Evans-Ramos

I'll be there next year by you side!  All of your pictures are great, but I'll have to vote for the marching band as my favorite.  I can't wait to see the balloons with my own eyes.

Nov 28, 2008 04:18 AM #9
Richard Ives
Chicago, IL

Great post Morgan.  NYC is a great city.

Great photos of the Parade.

Nov 28, 2008 09:46 AM #10
Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

I have always loved watching it on t.v.  I lived in New York as a child, but never did see it live.  Thank you for sharing, these pics are great.  Love the smurf.

Nov 29, 2008 12:42 AM #11
Dona Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers - Saint Joseph, MO
St. Joseph MO

Thanks for the great photos, I love them all.  The tradition makes the parade so great.

Nov 29, 2008 12:38 PM #12
Lourdes Hoglo REALTOR® Three Village & North Shore Suffolk Co. Long Island
Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Setauket, NY


Great photos, love the turkey and the smurf! The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the many things that make NYC great! This is one of the best time of the year to visit the city and enjoy the beauty of the holiday season. Love NY!

Nov 29, 2008 01:13 PM #13
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Morgan - New York City has got to be one of the best places to be during the holidays!  I had friends who went to the parade Thanksgiving Day.  I loved all of your photos especially the SMURF! 

Nov 30, 2008 03:13 AM #14
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Mogan you really captured some beautiful shots.  Did they loose any balloons to the wind this year?

Nov 30, 2008 03:44 PM #15
sonny kwan




looks like a great time over there during Thanksgiving, can you host when I visit NYC in the future?

I'd like to see what the flats look like over there.

Dec 01, 2008 10:22 AM #16
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

I was on Long Island during Thanksgiving, many years ago. In all these years, it never occurred to me that I should have gone to Manhattan to see the parade! Geez. I say I have blond moments, but I didn't know I have about 12 blond years >.<  D'oh!

Dec 03, 2008 08:00 AM #17
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Morgan, someday would love to see this parade in person versus on TV!

Feb 09, 2013 08:15 AM #18
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