If you’ve got nothing more than an internet connection, Macy’s will be broadcasting the parade on their Parade website here for anyone without access to a television. The 89th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade will stream in its entirety online.
The Macy’s Day Parade is a Thanksgiving tradition that has been running since 1924. Starting as a fun promotion for the brand, the parade has evolved into a massive event that has become just about as much a part of the day as pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and playing board games with drunk relatives. It has a storied history, well worth a read if you have a few minutes here.
Some fun Macy’s Day Parade facts:
The parade started in 1924
The parade was suspended 1942-1944 during WWII
The first balloon in the parade was Felix the Cat, introduced in 1927 – it caught fire on some wires
Floats were introduced in 1971
There have been over 20 incidents with balloons deflating and often times causing injury
For those looking to watch it on the big screen, remember, the Macy’s Day Parade is available to watch free with a digital antenna hooked up to a television set, no need for a cable subscription. This is often times the most overlooked element of broadcast television, that it’s available for free anywhere in the US assuming you are within range with digital antennas.
Will the Macy’s Day Parade be on Hulu or Netflix? Hulu might pick up the streaming rights to the parade but it is relatively unlikely. Netflix is pretty much a guaranteed no, as the service rarely orders such time-sensitive content.
The NBC app will also likely be streaming the parade if you’re looking to watch the Macy’s Day Parade on a mobile device or tablet.
If you’re looking for a little throwback entertainment, you can watch the entire 1995 Macy’s Day Parade here free on YouTube:
Jacob has been blogging about the evolution of television for nearly a decade. Co-founder of Exstreamist.com he spends most of his time watching premium drama, Star Trek and waiting for someone to invent the warp drive engine.