The 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

by Chris Meigher

It’s a tradition for families across America.  Children climb onto their parents’ shoulders, waiting to catch the first glimpse of the latest balloon; cold hands grasp warm cups of hot chocolate as the brasses of the marching bands blare.  For those not in New York, televisions capture the action as the smell of Thanksgiving dinner permeates throughout their homes. Since 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has dazzled audiences with a myriad of magical floats, balloons, and professional bands. It’s an amazing performance that just gets better every year.

On Thursday, November 22, the parade will travel down Central Park West from 77th Street to Columbus Circle along Central Park South, then down 6th Avenue to 34th Street. “The 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will again make history as it debuts three impressive giant balloons, six over-the-top floats, an amazing array of talent and the most remarkable high school and college marching bands in the nation,” Amy Kule, executive producer of the event, tells us. The latest three balloons to be added to the roster are the storybook character The Elf on the Shelf, Hello Kitty in an airplane, and a dancing Papa Smurf. Not only are they remarkable in size, but their eye-popping colors and dynamic expressions add vibrancy and motion. No matter from where you watch it, the parade’s youthful joy is palpable.