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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Greetings from New York City!

When I peeked through my hotel curtains in the early morning hours of November 2nd, I was curious to see how NYC looked in the daylight after all these years. I may have spent 25 years of my life walking this concrete jungle, but it’s been over a decade since I’ve been back, and I was happy to see not much has changed along the streets of New York.

Without even stepping outside, I could tell it was going to be a crisp fall day with clear skies. I waited a second or two before my eyes adjusted to the bright sunlight, but as I looked down to observe the tiny ant-sized commuters, it dawned on me in that instant exactly WHERE I was. There was no denying I was sleeping in the only hotel room you’d ever want to wake up in on Thanksgiving morning. I had a corner room in midtown which is prime real estate for overlooking the route Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® takes every year. And just like that, I was 6 all over again.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

All day I found myself thinking back to Thanksgiving memories that all revolved around the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In my mind I can picture the parade floats and performances so clearly although the old TV I watched it on every years was dull and grainy. I would stare in awe at the big, bright, beautiful floats above the streets of Manhattan that brought so much joy to me every year. It was the only thing I looked forward to. But one particular year really stands out.

I still watch the parade every year with my daughter and it makes my heart full even though we’re in California sporting flip-flops and SPF. I dream of taking Kiddo to the parade one year, and I can’t believe I haven’t yet. But being here has made me want to even that much more.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Next Thursday, November 23rd, 2017, at 9am EST, the 91st, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® will march down the streets of New York City as the country gathers to celebrate. Join more than 3.5 million spectators lining the streets of Manhattan,  and over 50 million viewers on television with a host of giant character balloons, dazzling floats, the nation’s best marching bands and performance groups, celebrities, and the official entrance of the one-and-only Santa Claus. A little bird gave us the scoop and told us there is new opening featuring an all-star ensemble cast of celebrities from pop culture, stage and TV all singing and dancing together in an epic performance of Dancin’ in The Street.

Gwen Stefani Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Oh! And as part of our first hour of festivities Gwen Stefani will perform White Christmas at the Bryant Park ice rink surrounded by fans and skaters. Me wonders if my girl Gweny will ask the latest #SexiestManAlive to dress up as Santa 😉 But don’t be silly, there’s only one Santa that can steal the show at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® and he’s the grand finale! I love that he still brings the Christmas magic and is a sign of hope. The same kind of hope I felt as a child hoping all of my dreams come true!

So make some hot chocolate, find your favorite blanket, and cozying up for quality family time and tune into to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.  Macy’s has really done an amazing job at continuing this time-honored tradition, and I love that it’s something I watched with my grandmother, and now with my daughter.

I can’t wait to tune in at 9 a.m.

What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving?

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Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Founder + Creative Officer, Nicole Standley, shares her favorite trends in travel, food + wine, fashion, health, and fun on The JetSet Family and is a long time travel + lifestyle contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post, and Hilton Hotels. She is a brand ambassador for Netflix and O, The Oprah Magazine, and has been named Top Family Travel Blogger by Trip Advisor and Red Tricycle. Follow her on Instagram at: nicoleDstandley

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  • Michaele Hall November 18, 2017

    Nicole, I also love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and the New Year’s Parade in Pasadena — I, like you, curl up on the sofa and don’t move til they are over. Being in sunny Southern CA we have to take our holiday spirit where we can get it! I loved “and just like that I was six again”. It was a perfect description. Thanks for sharing! Michaele

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