Where is the best place to watch the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

And a few other questions that need answering about the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

The countdown is on! Every day we get closer and closer to the biggest and best parade NYC sees each year: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

The floats will carry singers and dancers, the marching bands will make beautiful music, the balloons will soar high and Santa Claus will close out the show to the delight of all. It’s a tradition as strong as any other in NYC and it never gets old. If you’re even considering visiting NYC for Turkey Day to take in the parade, allow us to answer some questions you surely have been asking:

What is the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route?

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(Click to Enlarge) 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route – Image: Google Maps

This year’s NYC Thanksgiving Parade route is the same as it’s been. The parade will start on 77th Street and head south on Central Park West down to Columbus Circle. From there, marchers will turn across Central Park South until 6th Avenue, where they will head south. The parade travels south down 6th Ave until 34th Street when it turns toward home and like every year, ends at Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square. Sound confusing? Just look at the map.

What time does the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade start?

Kermit the Frog getting ready for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo: Flickr / kowarski

Kermit the Frog getting ready for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – Photo: Flickr / kowarski

Wake up early Thanksgiving morning because the parade gets underway at 9 a.m. local time and lasts about three hours.

Oh, that’s early. What time do I need to get to the parade to get a good spot?

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Arrive early for that front row seat – Photo: nbcbayarea.com

Well, people tend to start showing up by 6 a.m. along Central Park West. Early, right?

Does that mean Central Park West is the best vantage point of the Thanksgiving Parade?

Central Park West is on of the best spots to view the parade. Photo: Flickr / Diariocritico de Venezuela

Central Park West is on of the best spots to view the parade – Photo: Flickr / Diariocritico de Venezuela

That’s debatable, but it’s where people tend to go initially for a number of reasons. First, it is one of the better places to see the parade, for sure. Second, it’s the starting point of the parade, so they will start seeing the floats first and it will end earlier too. Maybe they want to get out early for Thanksgiving dinner.

Where else can I go to see the Thanksgiving Day Parade?

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6th Avenue is another great viewing option for the parade – Photo: Flickr / Diariocritico de Venezuela

If you don’t make it to Central Park West, 6th Avenue is your best bet. Remember this as a general rule of thumb: the further north you are, the better off you are. With the national TV broadcast being shot on 34th and up to 38th street, it will get crazy down there. Also, you cannot get grandstand tickets, so don’t even bother trying. There are over 2 miles of viewing space, I’m sure you can find something.

You’re probably right, but what is the Thanksgiving Parade TV info?

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Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, and Matt Lauer host the broadcast for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC – Photo: NBC Universal

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will broadcast live on NBC from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. This will also be where you see the best performances, in front of Macy’s.

Who participates in the Macy’s Day Parade?

A Balloon from the 13th MAcy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1937. Photo: Walter Kelleher/NY Daily News

A Balloon from the 13th MAcy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1937. Photo: Walter Kelleher/NY Daily News

You really have a lot of questions, you know that? This year’s lineup hasn’t fully been released yet, but generally it’s marching bands, performance groups, clowns, balloons, more balloons, and of course people looking to sell something. Have an album release right before Christmas? A new movie hitting theaters soon? You can buy your way into the parade, but it costs a pretty penny.

Lol, commercialism.

Well, they have to fund this thing somehow.

True. So how do I get to the Thanksgiving Day Parade?

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Penn Station the day before Thanksgiving, 2008 – Photo: railfanwindow.com

Public transportation is probably your best bet, but remember it’s going to be chaotic no matter what you do. It you’re in NYC, the B or C will take you to Central Park West. From outside of NYC, take NJ Transit or the LIRR to Penn Station to find a C train. You can drive in, but really, who wants to deal with Thanksgiving traffic?

Is it true I can see the Balloon Inflation the night before the parade?

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Balloon inflation begins a 3 p.m. the day before the parade

Yes! This is a really cool event that often goes overlooked, but if you head up to the Museum of Natural History, inflation begins Wednesday at 3 p.m.!

Sweet! Any final tips for me and my fellow Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade goers?

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Have fun at the parade! – Photo: Flickr / Anthony Quintano

Yes. Dress warm, it’s probably going to be cold out. Wear comfortable shoes, you’ll be standing for a while. Don’t bring any signs, because that’s just dumb and blocks other people’s views. Be in a good mood, because all of those people and the chaos will definitely test your nerves. Bring a camera, because duh. Most importantly, have a fun and happy Thanksgiving!

For more information about Macy’s events around the country, swing by visitmacysusa.com

5 cant miss events this week in nyc

Books in Brooklyn, New York Philharmonic and Smorgasburg in Central Park highlight this week in NYC:

Celebrate your love of literature at the Brooklyn Book Festival Monday, September 15-21

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Kick off the New York Philharmonic 2014 – 2015 Season Tuesday, September 16

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Attend one of the largest photographic events in New York City: Photoville Thursday, September 18

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Enjoy the best food NYC has to offer at Smorgasburg at SummerStage Central Park Friday, September 19

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View three days of innovative shorts, features, and parties at the Coney Island Film Festival Friday, September 19-21

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5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

Festivals, Kayaks and your last chance at Broadway Week deal this week in NYC:

Explore the history of the high heel at the Brooklyn Museum Wednesday, September 10

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Attend the BEAT Festival at the Brooklyn Museum Thursday, September 11

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Find Peace and Serenity at Wanderlust 108 Brooklyn: Yoga + Music Festival Saturday, September 13

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Enjoy the last weekends of warm weather with a free kayak trip Saturday and Sunday until Sept 28

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Get a great deal on a show during Broadway Week, Ends September 14

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5 Can’t Miss Events This Week In NYC

This week in NYC is all about Labor Day, free concerts and the Lower East Side:

Join the New York Caribbean Carnival: Labor Day Parade 2014 Monday, Sept 1

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Celebrate Labor Day with Maroon 5 at The Today Show’s Summer Concert Series at Rockefeller Center Monday, Sept 1

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Enjoy a night of comedy with UCBT’s Best Sketches Wednesday, Sept 3

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Watch Usher perform The Today Show’s Summer Concert Series at Rockefeller Center Friday, Sept 5

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Celebrate Art and Fashion at LES Opening Night Sunday, Sept 7

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5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC:

Cool art, free concerts and E Zoo are what NYC is all about this week:

Observe the Jeff Koons: A Retrospective exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art  Wednesday, Aug 27-31

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See Brad Paisley perform at Good Morning America Summer Concert Series at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park Friday, Aug 29

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Or you can see Ariana Grande at The Today Show’s Summer Concert Series at Rockefeller Center Friday, Aug 29

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Grab your unicycle and celebrate The NYC Unicycle Festival Friday, Aug 29-31

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Electric Zoo Festival hits Randall’s Island Labor Day Weekend Friday, Aug 29-31

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44 Reasons to Be Excited About Fall 2014 in NYC

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Fall is the season for beautifully burnt colors, the first chill of the season, football, tailgates, pumpkin spice added to all of our favorite beverages and giant piles of leave that are always more fun to demolish in theory than in practice. In NYC,, the autumn season is really about so much more than that. It’s about festivals of food and film and music and wine. It’s about brand new exhibitions flooding our museums- the greatest in the world. It’s about Broadway shows – 8 of them – opening the curtains for the first time. It’s about the beginning of the holiday season with Christmas Trees and giant turkeys and Rockettes and Nutcrackers. Here are 44 reasons to be excited about Fall 2014 in NYC:

  1. New York Film Festival is back in town (September 26-October 12)
  2. So is the NYC Independent Film Festival (October 15-19)
  3. And don’t forget the Big Apple Film Festival (November 5-9)
  4. There’s even a Horror Film Festival in NYC this Fall (November 13-16)
  5. But it’s not just about movies… The New York Wine and Food Festival comes this Fall (October 16-19)
  6. The Prospect Park Food Truck Rally is live on every first and third Sundays of the month (until October 19)
  7. New York Comic Con hits the Javits Center (October 9-12)
  8. The Global Citizen Festival is a free* concert with Jay Z and Carrie Underwood and more awesome people (September 27)
  9. And the CBGB Festival highlights younger bands with lots of free and cheap shows (October 8-12)
  10. The Village Halloween Parade is one of NYC most extravagant annual events (October 31)

 

There are 6 new exhibitions at MoMa

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  1. Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor (October 4)
  2. Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (October 12)
  3. Sturtevant: Double Trouble (November 9)
  4. Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities (November 22)
  5. Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949 (December 13)
  6. The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World (December 14)

And 3 new exhibitions at the Guggenheim

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  1. Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s (October 10)
  2. V. Gaitonde: Painting as Progress, Painting as Life (October 24)
  3. Wang Jianwei: Time Temple (October 31)

And 2 new exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum

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  1. Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond (October 3)
  2. Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound (October 24)

And 7 new exhibitions at The Met

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  1. Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age (September 22)
  2. Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today Mural Rediscovered (September 30)
  3. Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry (October 8)
  4. Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire (October 21)
  5. Bartholomeus Spranger: Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague (November 4)
  6. El Greco in New York (November 4)
  7. The Art of Collecting Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions, 2003-2014 (November 11)

And 8 Broadway Premieres

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  1. On The Town (October 16)
  2. Disgraced (October 23)
  3. The Last Ship (October 26)
  4. The Real Thing (October 30)
  5. The River (November 16)
  6. Side Show (November 17)
  7. A Delicate Balance (November 20)
  8. The Elephant Man (December 7)

Plus, it’s the start of the Holiday Season!

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  1. Thanksgiving means the Macy’s Day Parade (November 27)
  2. And what comes the first Wednesday after the fourth Thursday of November? The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting (December 3)
  3. Our annual Holiday Lights Double Decker Bus Tour begins (December 4)
  4. Bryant Park Holiday Shops will be open once again (November)
  5. As will the Central Park Ice Rink, which is just beautiful with the burnt orange of the trees (November)
  6. The Salvation Army posts up all across the city with dances and songs (December)
  7. And the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is back for another year (November 7-December 31)
  8. Last but not least, The Nutcracker takes Lincoln Center by storm (November 28-January 3)

Fall in NYC has so much to offer! What are you most excited for this coming season? Tell us on twitter at @GrayLineNewYork

5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

This week in NYC is highlighted by weekend festivals and outdoor film!

See movies in Central Park every night this week during the Central Park Conservatory Film Festival beginning Monday, August 18-22

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photo: facebook / centralparknyc

The Met Opera Summer HD Festival kicks off Friday, August 22-September 1

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photo: facebook / metopera

The AfroPunk Festival comes to Brooklyn Saturday, August 23-24

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photo: afropunkfest.com

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival comes to Marcus Garvey and Tompkins Square Parks this weekend Saturday, August 23-24

Charlie Parker Jazz Fest

photo: downtownmagazinenyc.com

Head over to the US Open Site in Queens for Arthur Ashe Kids Day leading up to the big tournament Saturday, August 23

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photo: facebook / ArthurAsheKidsDay