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Top 5 Thanksgiving Day Parades Around the Nation

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Thanksgiving is around the corner and with that some of the most beloved parades to enjoy with the family are scattered across the globe. The Travel Channel put together a great list of parade headliners not to miss including one in the great state of Texas. Spectacular performances, gigantic balloons in the shape of some of our favorite cartoon and TV characters, marching bands, singers, dancers, actors and more await each and every unique parade below for you to enjoy this Thanksgiving season.

1. Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (New York)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Probably, the most famous and beloved parade of all is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Complete with award-winning performances of the latest hits on Broadway. Familiar gigantic balloons such as the Pillsbury Doughboy™, Snoopy, Hello Kitty®, The Elf On The Shelf®, The Grinch and plenty more!

It’s like a gigantic present waiting to unwrap Thanksgiving morning as we put the Turkey in the oven, and have the TV going delighting us with the sights and sounds of the holiday season ringing in with each and every beautiful float going by. There’s even a beloved Santa at the end that signals the start of the holidays.

“The parade steps off at 77th Street and Central Park West at 9 a.m., but spectators start lining up for prime spots at daybreak to watch the parade march through the Upper West Side for 2.5 miles until it ends at 34th Street and 7th Avenue,” shares the travelchannel.com.

A long-standing tradition not only among New Yorkers but folks across the globe as family members are chosen to participate as a part of their marching bands, dance and cheer groups, theater groups and more. As this reporter can vouch for, a definite bucket list if you haven’t been. You will feel like a kid again getting to watch it go by in person or watching your kids get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dance in the parade like my daughter.

2. McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade (Chicago)

McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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