Once again this year the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will not wend its way down Broadway as it had for so many years past. The parade will now take a sharp left at Columbus Circle and travel along Central Park South before turning right on Sixth Ave. This will provide more opportunities for watching the parade from Central Park along those blocks. After traveling down 6th from 59th Street to 34th Street, the parade will turn right and end at Macy’s in Herald Square. It takes approximately 90 minutes for the parade to walk the 2.5-mile stretch.
While the best places for viewing the parade, if you don’t have friends with an apartment or office overlooking the route, is between 61st and 72nd St. along Central Park West these added blocks might provide an added area near the park that isn’t as congested. Best time to arrive is around 6:30 to secure the best spot.