There is something truly Magical to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Why else could it attract millions of viewers to the 2.5-mile-long parade route, and millions more to their TVs at home? Maybe it's the celebrities that wave on floats, or the Broadway performances, or the balloons created after cartoon characters, adorable and gigantic and looming over you.
Towards the route of the parade this year? You're lucky. It is expected that the morning temperatures in the Big Apple are well below the freezing point, with possible "cold winds that bust at more than 40 mph".
For all others, there is another option. Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in your own home, under your own blankets, with all the glory and without the icy wind. Here is how to transmit it.
The 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is broadcast on Thanksgiving Day. Obviously. That's Thursday, November 22. The parade starts in 9 am east and runs until noon.
NBC coverage begins at 9 a.m. in all time zones. You can see it on the NBC website and the NBC application (free, iOS and Android). NBC and Verizon have teamed up to broadcast the 360 degree video coverage of the Verizon channel show on YouTube, too. No subscription required
CBS live coverage will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time, and coverage will be delayed at 1 p.m. Pacific time. Look on the CBS website or on the CBS application (free, iOS and Android).
The coverage of both NBC and CBS is available in their respective OTT applications for Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire and the like. You can also see the coverage of both networks through streaming services that you can already use, such as Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and YouTube TV.
Above all, the best way to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is to light up the hot chocolate and enjoy this strange American tradition in a blessed cocoon of peace and comfort, as you play the best time of year. Because kindness knows how long it will take until the relatives collapse, adorable and bigger than life and crying out around them.