Watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Turkey, pumpkin pie, football, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are the traditional rituals of Thanksgiving, and it marks the beginning of the Christmas season. Fifty million television viewers and 3.5 million spectators all line the streets of New York City to watch this fabulous array of balloons clowns, bands, floats, and more. If you can't be there, the television is the best seat to see this exciting tradition that is over 80 years old. Only during the war years was the parade not seen.

Although not the oldest, it has shared distinction with Detroit, Michigan Thanksgiving Parade. They share the second place for Thanksgiving parades in the U.S., but the Macy's parade is the most popular viewed on television. Children and adults alike marvel at more than a dozen fifty foot balloons that float through the air along the streets near Central Park from 77th to 34th Streets, ending at the Macy's Herald Square. Children delight at seeing their favorite action hero, nursery rhyme, or Saturday morning cartoon character bigger than life.

Outside Macy's, the largest department store in the world is the stage for 1500 dancers and performers, and major personalities who entertain the viewing audience. You will see excerpts from live Broadway musicals. Over thirty colorful and elaborately decorated floats glide down the streets displaying well-known fantasy themes known to children everywhere. Some floats are sponsored by well-knowed corporations such as McDonald's, etc. You will hear the precisioned marching bands invited from all across the country playing familiar holiday tunes.

Nothing is more spectacular, and anticipated than seeing the grand arrival of the most popular personality of the season, Santa Clause. This three-hour extravaganza is one that is rarely missed by young and old in every household on Thanksgiving morning. Whether mother is putting the finishing touches on that scrumptious meal, or the children are vying for the best seat in front of the TV, everyone will have an eye glued to the tube for this traditional activity.

Thursday 9:00 AM et/pt on NBC
3 Seasons, 4 Episodes - Special Event
November 23, 1939
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