Thanksgiving in NYC
Indoor Parade Viewing & Breakfast on Broadway
Thursday, November 26, 2009 • 8:45am to 11:45am
Thanksgiving Day Parade Viewing
& Breakfast on Broadway
This Thanksgiving, come in from the cold and watch the fabulous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from a “Room with a View” on Broadway.
One Group; One Exclusive Space; One Inclusive Price
- Exclusive Parade-Viewing Space for Your Group of up to 75 People.
- Warm, cozy second-story “room with a view” overlooking the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as it marches down Broadway (50’s block)
- Bounteous All-American Thanksgiving Breakfast Buffet with all the morning favorites: scrambled eggs, pancakes with butter and syrup, bacon, fresh fruit platters, muffins and pastries, coffee, tea, milk, juices.
Thanksgiving Day Parade - photo by Michael Do
Fun Facts On Parade:
- The first parade took place in 1924 on Thanksgiving Day and was called the Macy’s Christmas Parade.
- Elephants and donkeys borrowed from Central Park Zoo were part of the first parade.
- The original parade route was from 145th Street & Convent Avenue to 34th Street Herald Square.
- Throughout the 1920’s, the floats were pulled by horses. In the first parade, a white horse slated to pull the Ben-Hur float took off before the parade got started and simply disappeared.
- Giant helium balloons were launched in 1927. Felix the Cat was among the first of the big balloons.
- In 1927 Macy’s began a new tradition of releasing the giant balloons into the air at the end of the parade offering prizes for their return. In 1932 an aviator flew above the city in an attempt to catch the balloons to win the prizes thus ending the five-year tradition.
- The US government is the world’s largest consumer of helium. Macy’s is second.
- The parade was cancelled during WWII from 1942 to 1944. It resumed in 1945 and was televised in NY. When the parade started again in 1945, it began the route from Central Park West & 77th Street down Broadway to 34th Street that it still runs today.
- With nationwide television in the 1950’s, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began its national broadcast.
- Santa Claus has ended the parade every year except 1933 – the only year in which Santa led the parade.