A tradition for more than 60 years, the Macys Thanksgiving Parade in the largest parde of its kind. Held each year on November 24, Thanksgiving Day, the parade winds its way downdown on Broadway, ending on Herald Square. The parade features floats, marching bands, numerous performers and of course, the giant balloons. All ending with Santa Claus. It marks the official beginning of the holiday season. So, if in NYC during that time of year, come early, grab a spot, and watch the parade go by.
If you happen to be in NYC during Thanksgiving you will have the opportunity to watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. It is necessary to arrive early at the spot from where you plan to watch it ... the crowds are crazy on this day. Especially with kids it is essential to leave early, they won't be able to see otherwise.
I was going there with some other people and I lost them, well, there is no way to find some back unless you pick an exact spot on where to meet (that might not such a bad idea beforehand) and at what time.
I was somewhere between 60th and 70th street and every street I walked in had such a crowd there, it would be impossible for me to see anything else but the big balloons up in the air. If you are on the streetside you have a very limited view because the balloons dissapear behind the buildings. Best way to see it is to go to the parkside and do this when you are still on the subway, cause once you are out, there is no way to walk to the other side.
I took the D train close to the park, got off, and walked up into the park. There I found a great spot to watch the parade, it was still impossible for me to see more than the balloons, but at least I could see them go by slowly.