Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2018 is tomorrow, and Midtown will once again be populated with giant character balloons, floats, live performances, and more.
It’s estimated that around 3.5 million people will head to Manhattan this year to watch the festive event unfold as it travels down 77th Street and Central Park West, before ending in Midtown in front of Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street.
Macy’s has put out a map of recommended places to watch, but if you’d much rather enjoy the parade not sandwiched between a swarm of people—especially considering the possibly record cold temperatures New York will experience tomorrow—there are several ways to do so.
There are several options: The parade airs live on NBC beginning at 9 a.m. EST and the channel’s website and mobile app will also stream the parade for the third consecutive year. Additionally, Macy’s and NBC have once again partnered with Verizon to offer live viewing with 360-degree video on Youtube. The stream will go live at 9 a.m. and will run through noon. If you don’t have a cable provider already, you can also stream the parade through Fubo, which offers a free seven-day trial.
And of course, you can always count on social media to offer a few live streams; while we can’t guarantee you’ll catch the entire parade on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram feed, we’re pretty sure you’ll catch a few good snippets.
Macy’s Balloon Introduction
All types of spectators join their hands to watch the parade which is covered with floats, balloons, best marching bands of the country and other performances are involved with a lot of music and dance. The balloon tradition started in 1927 with Silverman, and he was filled with air and helium, and thus instead of soaring high, he used to be on the stilts. Now on the 90th year, Felix again came back with only air and on stilts.
Types of Balloons in the Parade
The Balloons featured a different kind of cartoon animals of big size, and the size goes up to 50 feet high. Absolutely in the earlier times, the balloons were only filled with air and then was tied up with strings and carried along with the parade, but on later days they are filled up with low-density air helium and air. 50 feet hummingbird is a common feature of the Macy’s Parade Balloon procession.
The Balloon maker
The Tootsie Roll factory in Hoboken in New Jersey is the Balloon maker, and they supply all the magnum size balloons to this grand marching event of New York. The figure of the balloons depends on the need of the parade. It may be vertical horizontal or in any desired shape. Balloons are made out of polyurethane, but earlier it was made from rubber. Instead of air helium is used for the balloons. The design of the balloons starts with the sketch, and the engineering consultants calculate their plans in such a way so that they fly correctly in the air with no hazards in between the parade.
The dimensions of the balloons vary, but they go up to three to five storied building and depicts different kinds of cartoons and animals of the zoo. For example, Charlie Brown Balloons are 31 to 53 feet long. People who are with the right height and weight carry those balloons so that they look beautiful and appropriate.