Today, dozens of balloons will be inflated for Macy's 85th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade starts on Central Park West at West 77th Street and travels south. Then, it swings a left to go east onto Central Park South and then turns to head down Seventh and Sixth Avenues, hitting 42nd Street along the way and ending on 34th Street by the department store. The festivities begin at 9 a.m., mere hours after today's balloon inflation fun.
The forecast is looking good for tomorrow's festivities, which include 1,600 cheerleaders/dancers/performance group members; 11 marching bands; performers like Cee Lo and Mary J. Blige; and Santa Claus. MyCityWay developed a free app for iPhone and Android that offers real-time parade tracking and more.
And share your photos of the balloon inflation and parade by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org or tagging them "gothamist" on Flickr.