Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tips & recap

I’ve been in New York since Wednesday, and it’s been loads of fun! I went to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time and it was SO COLD. I got out there at 5:45 and there were already so many people sitting out in the cold. Some people said they had got there as early as 4:15. Now that is DEDICATION hahaha I don’t know if I could get up that early just to have to sit in the cold. We sat out in the cold for hours, so of course my number one tip would be to make friends with the people next to you. And bring snacks, I got hungry sitting out there, but luckily I brought some snacks, because I knew I’d get hungry. I tried to not drink anything while we were out there, because I didn’t want to loose my spot. Because the parade hadn’t even started and I had people pushing and shoving behind me. Where I was staying was on the parade route, so they had a section blocked off for people staying there, but it was literally fully packed and still crazy. Once the parade got close to starting we had people to hold our spots while we went to warm up and get coffee. Because i’m not exaggerating at all when I say i was wearing 3 pairs of pants, 2 shirts, and 3 pairs of socks and I STILL couldn’t feel any part of my body because it was so cold. Once it started I tried to take as many pictures as I could. I stood on a chair because I wasn’t in the front row and there were people I couldn’t see over, because i’m pretty short. I read a lot of things saying you couldn’t bring/sit in chairs, but there were a lot of people around me sitting in chairs so I don’t really think they enforce that. Or maybe it’s only in certain areas. not really sure. A little after the parade started, someone moved the barrier blocking people out of our hotels area, and people just started pushing and shoving their way up to the front. What they say about people do everything they can to get to the front is true. All in all, it was a really great experience, but not something I would go to every year if it was that cold again. It was the coldest Parade in the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades. It was seriously like 18 degrees when I got out there, and the warmest it got was like 20. Crazy, but i’m also from the south where it is usually always warm. When we came out at first, we didn’t bring a blanket or anything, but I did bring a sweatshirt just to sit on. And that’s because I read that we couldn’t bring chairs. I wish I would’ve known that you could bring chairs. When I went inside to warm up I ran and grabbed a blanket real quick too. I would definitely recommend bringing a blanket to sit on if you don’t want to bring chairs because you may have to carry them around too. There were a few people that kept crossing the street to get pictures of the floats and inflatables, and then some people just ran along with them. I bet they got the best pictures too, because they were at good angles and had room to move. We left a couple minutes before the parade ended, just because we were so cold and we wanted to beat the crowd, but we had a hotel room with parade view. So we didn’t really miss much. I don’t know if there will ever be another parade as cold as this one, but if there is you better wear layers of clothing!! The parade really is a super fun experience and I recommend it for everyone!! Enjoy the rest of your black Friday!! xoxo, A


One thought on “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tips & recap

  1. Barbara Watkins says:

    Loved reading about your experience at the Macy’s Day Parade! Loved your comments it sounded like an exciting time even with the cold! Love the pictures but I would like to have seen one with Izzy in it too! Love ya


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