Thanksgiving in New York City means the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an Emmy Award Winning New York City tradition taking place for its 87th year. This 3-hour event begins promptly at 9 on Thanksgiving morning and is watched by over 3.4 million people in New York, and across the nation by 50 million people. Host to enormous parade balloons over 50 feet, spectacular floats, cheerleaders, dancers, performers and multiple surprise guests, the Macy's Day Parade also wouldn't be complete without the first seasonal appearance of the Santa Clause in his jolly red suit.
Celebrity performances include Carrie Underwood, Fall Out Boy, Ariana Grande, Gavin DeGraw, Fifth Harmony, Austin Mahone, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Florida Georgia Line. Kellie Pickler, Cher Lloyd, Megan Hilty, Kristin Chenoweth and Joan Jett will also be making an appearance along with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots with the cast of Sesame Street. Don't forget the cast of the 'Duck Dynasty,' as they will also be making an appearance in the parade.
New Balloons for 2013 include, Snoopy and Woodstock, SpongeBob SquarePants, and portraits from The Wizard of Oz.
A Room With a View
For visitors spending Thanksgiving in New York City, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a must see event. There are New York City hotels located along the parade route offering views for guests who don't want the hassle of dealing with crowds. These hotels are some of the best hotels in New York City, offering even more Thanksgiving specials in addition to views of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Park Central New York- Join the Park Central New York Hotel for their Thanksgiving Day Buffet and a direct view of the Parade from the private and elegant banquet room. Price for the delicious buffet is $150 a person, and it is advised that guests reserve their place in advance as there is limited seating. The Thanksgiving Macy's Day parade will once again pass directly in front of the centrally located Park Central New York on 7th Avenue. There are special room packages available if visitors would like to book a room with a view of the parade. All parade view reservations must include stay dates of the 23rd and 24th. Please call 21-707-4224 for more information and rates for these special rooms this Thanksgiving in New York City. All other rooms are currently discounted starting at $331 dollars a night.
JW Marriott Essex House NY- NYCTourist.com has a special deal for the JW Marriott Essex House NY, offering rates from $749, to get the the best views of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from your very own hotel room. This leaves out the hassle of dealing with the crowds of people, while still enjoying the show! Also includes complementary bottle of champagne to cheer everything you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Park 79- Since 1927 the giant balloons are brought to life as they are blown up a day prior to the parade. The Park 79 Hotel is conveniently located right in front of the blow up area. Balloon preparations begin around 4pm the day before Thanksgiving, and offer viewers a chance to see behind-the-scenes glimpses into the making of the famous Macy's Day Parade in New York City. Park 79 offers guests hot tea, coffee, and hot cocoa daily with special hot apple cider on Thanksgiving day to warm up its guests! Discounted rates are still available at $269 for a standard room, with complementary high-speed wireless internet, satellite cable and premium channels, down comforters, and many more amenities.
Tips and tricks for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:
- Avoid the crowds: View the parade from your hotel room this Thanksgiving in New York City
- Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse: On Wednesday November 27, 2013 from 3pm- 10pm watch the inflation of the 25 different balloon near the American Museum of Natural History.
- Arrive before 6:30 am: To get get the best views and stake out your spot along the parade route.
- Bundle up!: It's chilly in New York City, bring extra blankets if needed.
- View the televised version of the parade: Tune into NBC from 9am to noon EST.