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I feel like a bit of an asshole for saying this, but I can go my entire life without seeing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in person. Standing on a sidewalk with swarms of tourists in the cold cuts into my time for gluttony, napping, super family fun time and yelling while playing board games. (I’m also scared on Manhattan parades after I went to the Village on Halloween and a stranger reached up my skirt).

Despite my anti-parade stance, I’m totally stoked to go watch the Thanksgiving parade balloons get inflated this afternoon. So if you want to see Kermit the Frog, Hello Kitty, Buzz Lightyear, Ronald McDonald and company change from giant Slip ‘n’ Slides to floating beings the size of Godzilla and King Kong, get your ass to the Upper West Side today. And unlike the parade, the balloons are staying put. So you don’t have to chase them down if you get there late.

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Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation
Central Park West and Columbus Avenue on 77th and 81st Streets [Upper West Side, Manhattan]
Wednesday, November 24
3pm to 10pm

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Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.