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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: An American Tradition

When we were growing up, Thanksgiving meant three things: family, food, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Broadcast on NBC since 1952, this larger-than-life extravaganza has delighted New Yorkers since 1924. Today, the parade is defined by the enormous balloons it sends soaring up above the Big Apple, representing many of America’s most beloved cartoon characters. (Fun fact: Felix the Cat was the first balloon character to join the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade procession.) The parade also includes live music acts, premier high school and college marching bands from across the nation, Radio City Music Hall’s famed Rockettes, and, of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus to officially ring in the Christmas season! The parade starts at 77th St. and heads south on Central Park West before turning east on 59th St. and then south on 6th Ave. The procession takes a final turn west on 34th St. to end at 7th Ave.