The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returns this Thursday with a set of new balloons and floats, kicking off the holiday season.
The old route used to march down Seventh Ave. in Midtown for years but this year the route has changed for the 86th annual parade, bringing the balloons down to Sixth Ave. to the parade’s end point in front of the famous Macy’s Herald Square location. Macy’s officials believe that Sixth Ave. is the safest route for the World-Famous Macy’s Parade.
Approximately 3.5 million spectators are believed will enjoy the parade, and this will make roads in Midtown and the Upper West Side impassable until early afternoon Thursday.
The balloons started being inflated Thursday. Today Show shows us one of them here:
56 balloons are being inflated starting Wednesday, and that means those shutdowns will being Wednesday early in the morning, police said.
The inflation event is open to the public form 3PM to 10PM on Wednesday and visitors can visit the staging area at West 79th St. and Columbus Circle.
On Thursday, the parade begins at 9AM on West 77th Street and Central Park West, making its way south to Columbus Circle. Once there, the parade will go east along 59th Street to Sixth Ave. where it will continue all the way to West 34th Street before turning west to end in front of the famous Macy’s Store.
Noe I. for Windows of the World.