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Life is a Parade

The iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an event enjoyed by Americans, live in NYC and virtually throughout the country and the world.  Read on for an inside look at this beloved holiday event.

The Roaring Twenties

The United States economy prospered during the Roaring Twenties and so did the New York department store – Macy’s.  The store was so successful that in 1924, its expansion covered an entire city block from Broadway to Seventh Avenue along 34th Street featuring 1 million square feet of retail space.  To showcase the opening of the “World’s Largest Store”, Macy’s decided to throw a New York parade on Thanksgiving morning.  We associate the parade with Thanksgiving, but Macy’s truly intended for the parade to encourage consumers to prepare for upcoming holiday shopping season.

Macy’s didn’t invent the idea of a store-sponsored Thanksgiving parade.  That honor belongs to Philadelphia’s Gimbel Brothers Department Store.  The store sponsored a Thanksgiving procession in 1920 with 50 people, 15 cars, and a fireman dressed as Santa.  Also, in 1924, J.L. Hudson’s Department Store in Detroit planned an event similar to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  (, 2018)

Up Close and Personal

Are you planning to attend this annual event? Attendance at the parade is 3.5 million people strong with visitors traveling to the city from all over the world.  Consider these tips while you plan your event attendance strategy. (, 2019)

    1. Pre-Parade – Attend the free viewing of the big balloon inflation outside the American Museum of Natural History.
    2. Crowd Prep – Everyone wants to snag the perfect view so plan on a 6am arrival, dress in layers and pack some snacks.
    3. Route Savvy – The parade route has changed over the years. The 2019 route is currently beginning at 77th Street and Central Park West and marches south on Central Park West.
    4. Overnight Digs – Parts of the parade, such as the Broadway musical and famous musician performances are not open to the public. Those lucky enough to secure a hotel room can have the best of both worlds and watch the non-public events on television.
    5. Be Reserved – Avoid the stampede after the parade and enjoy a nice lunch while waiting for things to settle down.

Plan Early – Make a Week of it!
2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade NYC – Once in a Lifetime Tour
151 West 34th Street
New York, NY  10001
Monday – Friday, Thanksgiving Holiday Week

Check out this year’s itinerary for a sneak peek at the special accommodations including a DC tour, dinner cruise on the Hudson, Statue of Liberty tour, and much more culminating in the pinnacle event;

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