Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade brings holiday magic back to the streets of New York City – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Thousands of people marched down the streets of Manhattan for the 95th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Last year’s parade was significantly reduced due to the pandemic, but on Thursday it returned in style.

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CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge spoke to people who were coming for the first time, others who were coming to turn 50, and some who were celebrating a birthday. Whatever the reason, they said the parade has a magical feel that gets them into the holiday spirit and, most of all, feels grateful.

People filled the Upper West Side of Herald Square to celebrate one of New York City’s favorite traditions.

“It’s amazing. This was a bucket list for me,” first-timer Yahaira Serrano told Duddridge. “The weather is amazing, the energy is wonderful, the parade is just so exciting.”

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“Just watching all the floats fly high in the sky and all that, it’s just so amazing,” another spectator added.

“Every year since they were his size, we’ve been to the parade,” said Michael Bader.

Leading the flock was “Tom the Turkey”, the oldest and most famous float in the parade. Approximately 6,500 marchers resigned by 6 p.m. 9 from 77th Street and Central Park West, heading down a 2.5-mile route and ending at 34th Street.

This year saw six new floats and four new balloons. In total, there were 15 giant character balloons and 36 inflatables.

“My favorite is ‘Chase,'” one child said.

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“‘Pikachu,” said another.

“‘Baby Yoda,’ added another.

The new addition Grogu, also known as Baby Yoda, was as tall as a three-story building and took nearly 100 people to fly.

Also her debut was “Ada”, a young comic book researcher. Of course, there were the classics, like “Ronald McDonald”, “Pillsbury Doughboy” and “Snoopy”, which have appeared in more than 40 parades – most of any balloon.

“Snoopy has been my husband since I was a kid,” one person said. “A little doll. I would carry him everywhere.”

There were also 800 clowns, 28 floats, Rockettes, musical artists and the entire event built up to the show’s star, Santa Claus.

Now the attention turns to the turkey dinner, and most importantly, to thank.

“I’m grateful for my family and friends and everyone,” one person said.

Shortly after the parade ended, the cleanup began. 100 people used 19 mechanical brooms, 20 hand brooms and 18 backpack blowers, and waste will then be towed away in 12 collection cars.

Duddridge reported that there was great cheering for the necessary workers along the route.

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