As of late, the bulk of Rue’s water cooler chatter has been related to turkey day plans (family reunions, football, and extra pumpkin pie). So when we heard talk of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, we jumped at the chance to ask Rue Local Copy Director Cassandra, a parade veteran, for her tips. Here’s what she had to say:
The best place to watch the parade is somewhere between 66th and 68th street on Central Park West. It’s at the beginning of the procession, so as soon as the last float has passed, you can easily make your way to turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Make sure to choose a place on the park side as once the cavalcade begins, they’ll close down the street and you’ll be stuck.
You’ll want to show up early, in the ballpark of say, 6:00 to 6:30 AM. And keep in mind if you’re traveling in twos, you can come on the tail end – but if you’re in packs of sixteen, go on the earlier side. Also if you want to sit on the curb, think early.
Bring a blanket for sitting, at least until the parade kicks off. Check the weather, to make sure you dress appropriately. Layers. Layers. Layers.
And that said: Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the show!