Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Behind-the-scenes at the season's signature parade.
The sun was just starting to rise when my dad and I hopped out of our taxi on Fifth Avenue and 34th Street on Thanksgiving Day. We went from dark to day when we walked onto the NBC broadcast set where Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer were getting ready to announce the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.
I was the only reporter who got to interview the Today Show hosts right before the parade! I felt so excited. I still can’t believe that I met them. They were so nice and easy to talk with. Check out the video above!
The scene on 34th Street was really hectic, with police cars trolling up and down the street, stagehands running around with last minute fixes, and rehearsals under way before the sun even came up. I walked in front of the cast from the Broadway revival of Hair! as they prepared for their performance.
After dozens of floats and giant helium balloons, the parade came to an end with the final float—the sleigh carrying Santa Claus. It was a picture-perfect winter wonderland moment with white confetti flying everywhere. I felt like all of the brightly colored paper landed in my hair. By the time we left, there must have been five different colors and shapes of confetti littering the ground.
The Santa Claus float stayed in front of the grandstand as people began to leave, so we followed them onto the street. It was almost like we were walking in the parade! People were still in the stands, throwing confetti and screaming with excitement.
After getting up at 5 a.m., interviewing stars like Matt and Meredith, and covering the two-hour-long parade, I was exhausted. But there was still a story to write, as well as this blog! Hope you enjoy them both.