NYC - Take the kids to The Macys Parade!

Hey New Yorkers…Take the kids to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

I really should name this blog - “When the kids were little”  I find myself saying that all the time.  But we seem to be past the stage when Dad would take the kids to the parade every Thanksgiving while I prepared dinner in the quiet of the apartment. (I know you can relate moms)

Back in those days, they would travel in a big plastic red wagon.  Who has one of those now?  (I think it was Little Tykes).  They actually had access to a really big ladder that they would go get and set up along the parade route for a better vantage point. Can’t imagine with all our security needs now, that that would be feasible on Thanksgiving 2017.  

But the best thing was after the parade was done, just as Santa and the last of them rode by.  They would run into the street that was still closed down and have their annual “After Thanksgiving Day Parade”.  When they came home I’d hear all about the songs they sang at the top of their lungs and the waves they gave and received to confused passer-bys.  

My point is, it was a great memory and I’m so glad they had the chance to do that.  I hope your family with small children will have similar fun memories.

Get out there. See the parade.  Be cautious and keep your eyes open.  Enjoy our way of life here in NYC.  Build memories for the little ones.

Here’s the route:

It stretches for 2.5 miles, beginning at 77th Street and Central Park West, and ending in Midtown in front of Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street. Along the way, it travels down Central Park West; turns east onto Central Park South at Columbus Circle; then turns south at Sixth Avenue, and travels along that thoroughfare before turning west at 34th Street, and ending at Macy’s.

This year, new faces will include characters from Paw Patrol and Super Wings, as well as a new Grinch balloon, and a balloon depicting Olaf from Frozen”

Pictures courtesy Macy’s, Santa from 1924 to today!

Have you been to the parade?  What was your experience with the kids?

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