We had planned to watch the parade at Columbus Circle, but were blocked (crowd was too large) at the intersection of 57th Street and 7th Avenue and directed to go east on 57th Street.
Imagine the sea of people going in the same direction, we could go no further than the middle of the block between 6th and 7th Avenue. Fortunately we were on the top of a slope and could see the balloons (but not the floats, the marching bands or anything at ground level) as they floated south on 6th Avenue.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Facts
This is the 86 Annual Macy’s Parade. More than more than 3 million people lined the parade route to watch.
There are 56 balloons in this year’s parade – 16 giant character balloons and 40 novelty/ornamental balloons
The number of handlers for each giant balloon varies, but average around 60
Each giant balloon is also anchored to 2 golf cart like vehicles to add further security
There are 28 floats, 11 marching bands, 1600 cheerleaders and dancers and 900 clowns
The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. at 77th Street and Central Park West
The parade ends at noon at Macy’s, Herald Square (34th Street)
Balloons are deflated on 7th Avenue (near Macy’s) at the end of the parade
The deflated balloons are returned to Macy’s Parade Studio in New Jersey to be repaired cleaned and placed in storage until the next parade
Again all the above photos were taken by my daughter, Kathy.
This post and the previous 2 posts would not have been possible without her photos. Great job Kathy and thanks a bunch!!!!!
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