In less than 16 hours, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will begin to make it’s way down Central Park West in New York City and towards Macy’s Herald Square. The Thanksgiving tradition is as deep rooted part of American history during the holidays, just as much so as the Christmas Tree Lighting of Rockefeller Center and Super Bowl Sunday.And historically the crowds would gather the streets of NYC to celebrate the floats, giant balloons, marching bands and celebrity performances that are showcased on display as the parade welcomes the holiday spirit through the streets of Manhattan.
This year, the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade comes with a full party that will include balloons, balloonicles, floats, performers, marching bands, and performance groups orchestrated together in the world’s most fantastical holiday parade.
The parade will present the classic Macy’s Parade floats such as the Tom Turkey float and the Smokey Bear, and Ronald McDonald balloons. The legacy of Tom Turkey days back 38 years and the bird is still going strong. The world famous department store, Macy’s first staged what would become a staple of NYC life in 1924 and introduced their first giant balloons in 1927.
With above average temperatures expected in New York City on the morning of Thanksgiving, we can expect crowds will be in a joyous spirit. Hopefully the winds will stay relatively light and the giant balloons will stay the course. The Macy’s Day Parade will kick off tomorrow morning at 9:oo am.
The parade will be welcoming ten new floats and balloons to the parade this year. Making their parade debut include Grogu AKA Baby Yoda from Star Wars The Mandalorian, Ada Twist, and a Pikachu and friends float.