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2015 New York Thanksgiving Day Parade Guide and Map

During the holiday season, there is no better place to be than New York City. From Ice-skating in Rockefeller Center to walking past the elaborate window displays lining Fifth Avenue, it truly is a marvelous place. After Halloween, as Thanksgiving approaches, the annual Macy’s New York Thanksgiving Day Parade is the biggest event in NYC. It is the unofficial kickoff to New York’s holiday season and it has something to offer for everyone, from children to adults, men to women. It is customary that each New Yorker makes time to go see the Parade at least once in person because it is truly a spectacle to behold, with its intricate floats and gigantic balloons of beloved cartoon characters and action heroes, among others. This article will help you navigate the Parade, along with inside information on the best places to be in order to get the most out of the parade experience, as well as how to accurately prepare so that you have an enjoyable time partaking in this annual New York City tradition.

Before the Parade

If you want to get a taste of the action before the Macy’s Parade, going to see the balloons being inflated the evening before the parade is highly recommended. The balloon inflation is held in the Upper West Side in the American Museum of Natural History between 3 pm and 10 pm, although the actual inflation doesn’t begin until around 4:30 pm. It is recommended to arrive early if you want the best views of the balloons being inflated because it tends to get very crowded. This is the perfect opportunity to get a glimpse of the balloons and to be a part of the action before the actual parade.

Plan Ahead

In order to ensure that you have a great time and enjoy the parade in the best way possible, it is crucial to make sure that you are well prepared and that you plan ahead There are many things that should be taken into account such as the weather and the crowds. In order to plan thoroughly, it is recommended to check the forecast in advance in order to be prepared and to dress accordingly. It is also recommended that you take into account the crowds because it tends to get very crowded and using the bathroom would result in losing your viewing spot. To prevent this, you should consider bringing a bottle of water and maybe a light snack in addition to using the bathroom before you arrive at the parade. If you are attending with a group, make sure that your cell phone is charged so if you were to get separated, you can contact those that you came with.

Best Viewing Spots for the New York Thanksgiving Day Parade

To ensure that you have the best time that you can at the parade, you must take into account the places with the best view. Columbus Circle is a very good place to be because the parade passes directly through there. In addition, the Time Warner Center and Central Park also serve as optimal viewing spots. The balloons can be seen from various neighboring streets but if you want to ensure that you have the best possible views without the hassle of renting a room at a hotel, these would be the best course of action.

Premium/VIP Viewing Spots

For those that want to have the best possible view and avoid the crowds and the hassle of worrying about losing a spot, there are several hotels along the route that a room can be rented at. By renting a room along the route, you are avoiding the crowds and ensuring that you have a view from higher up than if you were watching the parade from the street.

For the Parade Map, Balloon Lineup, Important Spots along the route, and more….check out our infographic below.

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade 2015