An extravaganza is: “an elaborate and spectacular entertainment or production.” Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has fit the extravaganza bill for decades. Americans love this parade, and 2016 is its 90th year. If you’ve never been to one, you owe it to yourself to go. Better yet, gather up family or friends for a NYC Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Facts about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
- More than 10,000 people participate in the parade.
- More than 3.5 million people line Manhattan’s streets for it.
- More than 50 million people watch the parade broadcast at home.
- An estimated billion people worldwide view it.
What to Expect
Aside from the famous giant balloons (15 in 2010 parade), a good example of what the parade features is seen in the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade statistics:
- 1600 cheerleaders and dancers
- 850 clowns
- 27 floats
- 12 marching bands
- 43 novelty ornament balloons
- balloonicles (self powered balloon vehicle)
- Celebrity performers (Kanye West and Carrie Underwood)
The celebrity performers for the 2016 parade have not yet been announced. Casts from Broadway shows often perform before or during the parade.
The parade kicks off at 77th street and Central Park West and winds up at 7th Avenue and 34th Street. The best time to arrive to secure your spot to watch the parade is about 6:00 a.m. Crowds typically start arriving after 7:00 a.m.
Plan Your Thanksgiving Day Parade Adventure
Given the early morning hours along with the hassles of NYC traffic and parking, your most comfortable way to travel is to rent a party bus, limo or mini bus. Busrental.com can help you reserve the right vehicle, and professional driver will make your trip safe. Have a great time, travel safely and go green — bus charters are the most eco-friendly of all types of transportation.
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