Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019 Live Stream: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019: Live stream, how to watch, when it starts, parade route, tickets.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019 Live: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a beloved event featuring giant helium balloons, floats, marching bands, performance groups, and celebrities. It’s a time-honored tradition for many to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but this year it could be missing a key element: its 16 giant character balloons.
Officials in New York City may have to ground the iconic balloons due to windy conditions. They cannot be flown when sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph, per city regulations. In 1997, the iconic Cat in the Hat balloon injured four people after being overtaken by strong winds. The following year, city officials instituted new regulations for grounding the giant balloons.
The National Weather Service is currently forecasting sustained winds of 22 mph and wind gusts of 39 mph during the parade. The sustained winds do not exceed the regulations, but the gusts do. Officials will have to monitor wind conditions and decide whether to allow the balloons to be flown.
They’ll likely have to make that call on Thursday, as wind conditions can quickly change. The last time the parade’s balloons were grounded due to inclement weather was 1971, according to the New York Times.
The good news is this year will be much warmer than last year’s parade. The National Weather Service confirmed a low of 19°F that morning, which made it the second-coldest Thanksgiving Day in the city’s history. This year, it’s forecast to be 44-47°F. Expect a cloudy day, with the possibility of rain. Temperatures may reach the mid-50s.
Alternate-side parking: In effect today, suspended tomorrow for Thanksgiving. In 1997, a young woman from Manhattan was standing by 72nd Street, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, when she was knocked unconscious. Driven by heavy winds, a six-story Cat in the Hat balloon had slammed into a lamppost, scattering debris onto spectators.
Since then, New York City has prohibited giant balloons at the Macy’s parade when it gets too windy. Tomorrow may be such a day, officials say.
[Big balloons at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade might be grounded. (Sorry, kids!)]
Fierce winds predicted
City regulations prohibit giant balloons in the parade if there are sustained winds above 23 miles per hour or if gusts exceed 34 m.p.h., my colleague Michael Gold reports.
Sign up for the New York Today Newsletter
Each morning, get the latest on New York businesses, arts, sports, dining, style and more.
The National Weather Service predicts that winds on Thursday could be that fierce. City officials and parade organizers will make a decision tomorrow morning.
Character balloons have been a feature of the parade since 1927. The only time it went without balloons was in 1971, because of weather conditions.
Smokey Bear is 51 feet high. Greg Heffley, from the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series, is 62 feet in length. These and other balloons can require as many as 90 handlers each.
The parade also has several floats, marching bands from around the country and an array of clowns. My favorite: the city tourist clowns.
The parade route
You can see the route on the Macy’s website.
The parade starts at West 77th Street and Central Park West at 9 a.m. It proceeds south to Columbus Circle.
Views can be limited, but are good along Central Park West if you arrive early. People have been known to arrive as early as 6 a.m.
How to watch online: You can stream the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in a variety of ways. FuboTV offers a free trial; Hulu also offers a free trial; and Sling TV is offering a discount.
How to watch on TV: Coverage begins at 9 a.m. PT Thursday on NBC.