Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade — Photo courtesy of Kent Miller Studios / Macy's
Holiday traditions can be stressful. Every year you buy presents for people who always forget your birthday. Every year you meticulously plan the menu only to find that everything is either overcooked or undercooked. Where's the magic?
We'll let you know where the magic is: it's in the sky. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a place where our inner child is invited to play.
Marching down the streets of New York City every year since 1924, the spectacle starts at 9 a.m. from 79th and Columbus Avenue, come snow or come shine.
Pikachu. God bless you. — Photo courtesy of Kent Miller Studios / Macy's
Every year, there are new balloons to delight the millions of well-insulated spectators who have left their turkeys in the oven. Of course, some familiar faces will return, such as The Weinstein Company’s Peruvian bear Paddington, the electrifying Pikachu, the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger and the friendly train Thomas the Tank Engine.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Paddington Bear! — Photo courtesy of Macy's
For 2015, we'll also get a glimpse at the first ever Angry Birds balloon at 45.5 feet tall and 44 feet long. He'll be depicted as if running with a football, with an egg replacing the inflated oval.
Many of the large balloons take almost 100 handlers, and they're blown up the night before on 77th and 81st Streets between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.
Should your dinner require a little more tending, fear not, as the parade is always broadcast on NBC.
If you stay downtown, be sure to look out your window for a balloon sighting. The hotels with excellent views of the action, such as the Trump International Tower, book up to a year in advance. So you may need to go ahead and get ready for 2016.
Thomas the Tank Engine never had such good security — Photo courtesy of Macy's
Pop stars often join in on the fun, waving to the crowd of millions as they contribute to a piece of New York history. Last year, Idina Menzel – the "wickedly talented" performer of Frozen fame – was on board, as was Meghan Trainor.
The lineup of stars for this year will be announced in early November.
The Rockettes give a classic performance every year — Photo courtesy of Kent Miller Studios / Macy's
This parade is the official marker of the holiday season. Within hours, commercials and merchandise become holiday-themed and the temperature seems to dip a few degrees. The time-honored phrase, "Let's have a parade!" could also be replaced with "Let's start the holidays!"
The impressive balloons, the popular music and The Rockettes are all precursors to see Santa Claus, who always appears in good spirits, even though he has a remarkably stressful schedule.
We could all learn a little about inner peace from the man in the fur-lined red suit.