Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade welcomes spectators back to New York

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NEW YORK (TUSEN) – Thousands of people march through the streets of Manhattan for the 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Last year’s parade was drastically reduced due to the pandemic, but now it’s making a comeback.

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It’s a Thanksgiving tradition almost as popular as the turkey that follows.

On Wednesday, the crowds grew steadily on the Upper West Side as people caught glimpses of the giant balloons.

“I think it’s amazing,” said Gianna Martinez, a Manhattan resident.

“A lot of my friends said they weren’t coming, so it’s going to be a pretty tough boast. I’m going to show myself, ”said Crismeril Peguro of Manhattan.

Due to the pandemic, last year’s parade was cut short and spectators were unable to witness the inflation festivities. This year, everyone aged 12 and over was required to show proof of vaccination and wear masks for the Thanksgiving Eve tradition.

There are 15 giant balloons, 28 floats, 36 original and heritage inflatables, over 800 clowns, 10 marching bands, nine performance groups and, of course, Santa Claus.

Many classics are back, like the Sinclair Dino, Papa Smurf, Astronaut Snoopy and Ronald McDonald. Six more balloons make their debut.

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“We’re always on the lookout for what’s going to be hot in pop culture,” Macy’s spokesperson Orlando Veras told TUSEN. “The parade, over its 95 year history, has always reflected the best pop culture.”

The parade begins at the American Museum of Natural History at 77th Street and heads south three miles to Macy’s Herald Square.

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For balloon fitters, precision and safety go hand in hand.

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NYPD is also in effect – from security checkpoints to perimeter skin. Sanitary trucks provide a physical barrier to help prevent tragedies, like what happened during the Wisconsin Christmas Parade.

“You will see our explosion detection K-9s. You will see our heavy weapons and our observation teams. You will see our bomb squad response teams, as well as radiological and chemical sensors, ”said Martine Materasso, NYPD counterterrorism chief. “We will have over 300 additional cameras deployed along the parade route.”

Shortly after the parade ends, the clean-up begins. Around 100 people will use 19 mechanical brooms, 20 hand brooms and 18 backpack blowers, and the garbage will then be transported in 12 collection trucks.

After the 2019 parade, crews swept away more than 21 tonnes of debris.

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PARADE ITINERARY AND STREET CLOSURE

Parade formation begins at 8 a.m. at the following locations:

  • West 77e Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • West 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • Central Park West between West 77e and 86th Streets

Parade starts at 9:00 a.m. from Central Park West and West 77e Street and proceed on the following route:

  • South on Central Park West to Columbus Circle
  • South via Columbus Circle I / O to West 59th Street
  • East on West 59e Street to 6th Avenue
  • South on 6e West Avenue 34e Street
  • West over West 34e Street at 7e Avenue (dispersal area)

The following streets will be closed for the parade on Thursday:

  • Broadway between West 34e Street and West 41st Street – Midnight to 1 p.m.
  • 6e Avenue between West 23e Street and West 42sd Street – 2 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 7e West Avenue 34e Street and West 42sd Street – 2 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • West 34e Street between 6e Avenue and 8e Avenue – 10 p.m. (Wednesday) to 5 p.m.
  • West 59e E / B street between 7e Avenue and Central Park West – midnight to 2 p.m.
  • West 59e W / B street between 5e Avenue and Central Park West – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 35e Street between 5e Avenue and 8e Avenue – 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • West 36e Street between 6e Avenue and 8e Avenue – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 37e Street between Broadway and 8e Avenue – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 38e Street between Broadway and 8e Avenue – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 8e Avenue between 34e Street and 40e Street – 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Broadway between 38e Street and 59e Street – 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • West 33e Street between 7e Avenue and 10e Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 39e Street between Broadway and 8e Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 40e Street between Broadway and 8e Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 49e Street between 5e Avenue and 7e Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 50e Street between 5e Avenue and 7e Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Central Park 65e Street / West 66e Rue Transverse Roads 7:00 a.m. to conclusion
  • In addition, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., vehicles will not be able to access:
    • 6e Avenue between West 33e and west 59e Street
    • 8th Avenue between West 57e Street and West 59e Street
    • 8e Avenue between West 33e and west 40e Streets
    • Broadway between West 59e Street and West 57e Street
    • Broadway between West 34e and west 40e Streets (only escorted deliveries)
    • West 42sd Street between 5e and 8e Street
    • West 57e Street between 5e and 8e Street
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