Arguably the biggest event of the American Thanksgiving holiday each year is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. This year (2014) will mark the 88th edition of the parade, and, for only the seventh time in its history, a change in route.
The parade will start off at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 28 from 77th Street and Central Park West, then move down to Columbus Circle, turning onto Central Park South, and blazing a new path via 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. From there it will turn west, ending up in front of Macy’s Herald Square at 7th Avenue.
Organizers have announced a veritable bevy of stars who will be appearing in 87th Annual Parade: Carrie Underwood and her costars from the live production of Sound of Music will be performing, and the Robertson family from A&E’s hit reality series Duck Dynasty will be a very popular attraction. Other notable performers will include: Kristin Chenoweth, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots teaming up with the cast of Sesame Street, Goo Goo Dolls, Cirque du Soleil, and country duo Florida Georgia Line. And as usual there will be performers from several of the hit shows currently starring on Broadway, and the Radio City Hall Rockettes.
Balloons have always been a big part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and this year is no exception. Floats featuring the minions from Despicable Me, and a spectacle from Sea World, are just two of the 30 floats in this year’s parade.
The first edition of the parade was held in 1924. The traditional motto for the parade is “A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere”, and this year’s Parade will certainly be a treat for the child in everyone. Of course, as is traditional, Santa Claus and his reindeer-drawn sleigh will bring up the rear of the parade, a sight which for many years has signaled the official start to the Christmas season.