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Old 11-16-2011, 10:13 PM
 
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade advice

Hello,

Some relatives will be in town for Thanksgiving and want to go to the Macy's day parade. We live close to the Port Authority and want to walk over to 6th(south of 42nd) to line up.

The parade starts at 9am on 77th and Central Park West but obviously won't make it down to 6th avenue for a while.

So, when do you recommend us walk over to 6th ave? We're thinking 8am but are not sure when the crowds would start to become huge.

Thanks.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:14 AM
 
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I recommend television.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:09 AM
 
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I second watching on TV.

And if you want to see the floats in person, go the night before by the Museum of Natural History and they are all set up for people to walk around and view.

But if you do go in person, the earlier the better.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:29 AM
 
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Nothing like seeing it live, at least once. Since the parade starts at 9Am and ends at noon, I'd recommend you get to the area south of 42nd street by 10am the latest, that should allow you to see all or most of the parade.
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:57 AM
 
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If you expect to see the parade from anywhere along 6 Avenue, you should be in place before 7:00AM. And even then, that's probably fairly late in the game. For the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the rule has been 'the earlier, the better' for more than half a century.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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Go to the UWS the night before.

Be sure and get good and drunk beforehand.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:46 AM
 
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If you expect to see the parade from anywhere along 6 Avenue, you should be in place before 7:00AM. And even then, that's probably fairly late in the game. For the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the rule has been 'the earlier, the better' for more than half a century.
Attended many years on the UWS and never had a problem as long as we weren't looking for a seat. Always found it easy to find a viewing spot. Did it once on 34th Street and had the same experience. If you don't mind standing behind a row or two of people you shoudlnt have much of a problem. The crowd is spread out over more than 2 miles.
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:14 AM
 
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Considering how many people want to go to the Parade, it's strange that the city hasn't considered re-establishing the original route (it used to run all the way down to Herald Square from 110 Street, but was cut back some time in the 1980s.)
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:54 AM
 
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I hope you have a strong bladder.
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:42 PM
 
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Thanks everyone, since we'll have a toddler with us, we will go up to CPW somewhere in the 70s.
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