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Old 06-03-2010, 06:50 AM
 
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I am planning on going to NYC for the parade this fall. I am very farmilar with the city but I have never been for the parade. I would love any tips, info or feedback for visiting during this busy time.

I typically stay in Midtown at the Hilton. Is there a certain strech of the route that is best to stay? How early do you need to be up? I just would love any tips and advice on this time of year.

Thanks!!!
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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The further uptown you are from Herald Square, the less crowded it will be. Just keep in mind that "less crowded" is a relative term. The whole parade route will pretty much be packed and jammed with humanity. So your best option is to pick your spot, and be there as early as possible. Before sunrise might sound weird, but trust me, show up at 5AM and you won't be alone.
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Old 10-17-2010, 02:55 PM
 
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This is an old thread I'm resurrecting as I'm part of the first time visitors for the parade (not first time to NYC). Again, ideas where to go? Also, what about the inflating the balloons? Like to see that but heard it's gotten very crowded too. Any good or bad times to show up for that?
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I saw this thread, and thought I would share this link to a similar thread since it all ties together; Advice for 1st Time Macy's Parade Viewer


My question was with the cost of the parade on the city/taxpayers. What's your opinion? Do you think the parade is worth having if their is any cost associated with it that would lead to a large deficit? How much does Macy's really pay?

Thanks,
JH
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:01 PM
 
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Sorry, looks like the link did not work!
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Big skies....woohoo
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Anyone have any good suggestions for restaurants on Thanksgiving in NYC? Best place to watch parade? Thanks
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:50 AM
 
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I used to enjoy going to see them inflate the night before. Last time I did that was ~5 or 6 years ago though so I'm not sure how crowded it gets nowadays. When I last went it was busy but there was an organized and steady moving line that moved through to see the floats.

Otherwise I think the best place to watch is in front of my big screen TV.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:46 PM
 
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We watched at W 70th and Central Park west, I believe. Excellent view. We ended up way up front, right beside the parade. A lot of people leave as it is quite crowded.

Got there at 7am.

Bring a blanket to sit on while you wait.

You won't be able to use the bathroom or make your way out of the crowd easily until it's over.

We made a reservation for dinner someplace in the West Village, I don't remember where. We need up canceling it as friends invited us for thanksgiving dinner that night and we really needed a nap after the parade.
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