Triumph’s Tips for the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

October 30 2017 | Events

In 2004, two creative women — Carol Aebersold and her daughter, Chanda Bell — decided to write a children’s book about an old Christmas fable. Every year, so the story goes, Santa sends out elves to the houses of children all over the world. Their job is to keep an eye on little girls and boys — to see who’s naughty and who’s nice — until Christmas day.

And that’s how the now-beloved book, The Elf on the Shelf, was born. The story’s popularity eventually ballooned to such a degree that in 2012 and every year since, a giant elf has made an appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

You know how the parade ends, don’t you? Santa Claus himself makes his way through the streets of New York City, bringing with him a generous helping of the holiday spirit and the official start to the Christmas season.

But that’s not all.

Now, with the appearance of jolly old St. Nick at the end of the parade, hundreds of thousands of deputized elves appear in the living rooms, kitchens, and cupboards of families all over the world.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade truly is a magical time in New York City. Here are some tips to make your experience even brighter on Thursday, November 23rd.

Be the First to See the Balloons

Here are two tips in one. Tip 1: You can see the balloons inflated at The American Museum of Natural History on the day before Thanksgiving. Tip 2: The museum is just up the street from Hotel Belleclaire — so stay with us, and you’re super close to the fun.

Where to View the Parade

You can see the entire parade route here. Your best options are in two areas. First, from 59th to 75th Streets on the Upper West Side makes for great viewing. Or you could find a spot between 59th and 38th Streets along 6th Avenue. Beware of Columbus Circle. Balloon teams usually speed up their pace through there to avoid the wind.

Where to Eat

You’ll have a lot of options, but may we suggest one of the best? The Iroquois New York.  Stop by for a special Thanksgiving Day lunch at Triomphe — it’s on the parade route. Special menu options will include Free Range Roasted Turkey with Mushroom Stuffing and Maple Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry Chutney, Brussels Sprouts, Gravy Twenty Rows … and Pumpkin Cheesecake.

Get a Glimpse Behind the Scenes

What began in 1924 as a way to entertain store employees and their families, has become a year-round endeavor — when this year’s parade is over, the planning for next year’s will begin. Get a glimpse of what goes into putting together the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in this behind-the-scenes video.

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