Millions of people lined the streets of Manhattan this morning to experience the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. With Mother Nature’s cooperation, the tolerable weather conditions allowed for people from all over the world to attend this traditional New York event.
The excitement for this parade could not go unnoticed. You could see families with their faces pressed against the windows of buildings looking down on the parade route and children posted on the shoulders of family members standing in the street. One out-of-state attendee even referred to the parade as “The number one thing on my bucket list.” (Interview 1)
With over 150 dancers, 12 marching bands and hundreds of volunteers, the streets filled with colorful costumes, floats and balloons. Kermit the Frog, Charlie Brown and Sonic the Hedgehog balloons made their expected appearance down the parade routes, exciting those of all ages. However, many people awaited the arrival of this year’s newest balloon additions, Hello Kitty (2nd edition), Papa Smurf, and Elf on a Shelf.
Taking a new route, the parade started on 77th Street and Central Park West. The parade then traveled through Columbus Circle and turned on Central Park South. It then made it’s way onto Sixth Avenue toward 59th Street. The parade’s final path lead down 34th street and concluded at Macy’s Herald Square. The parade’s new route, allowed for the elimination traffic from Broadway and Times Square. Standing on West 65th street and Central Park West, I was able to get a clear view of all the floats, balloons, marching bands, and dancers.
Some celebrity appearances included, Flo Rida, Whoopi Goldberg, Neon Trees, Rachael Crow, Jimmy Fallon, Carly Ray Jepsen, and Jeanette McCurdy. But the crowd went completely ecstatic for the appearance of the Fierce Five, US Olympic Gymnastics team, Gabby Douglas, MaKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, Jordyn Wieber.
Last but not least, Santa Clause made his grand entrance on his bright sled full of goodies. Although his arrival marked the end of the parade, it sparked the start of the Holiday Season. And on that note, it is now safe to play Christmas music.