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Thanksgiving isn't Thanksgiving without the annual Macy's Parade in New York City. Each year, thousands of people come together to watch the parade in New York City while millions catch the parade on their television screens. The show is filled with floats, balloons, clowns and more as the parade takes its course through the 2.5-mile stretch. The Macy's Day Parade 2014 is being held on Nov. 27 and will air on NBC from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cast of the “Today” show will be hosting the three-hour parade on television.

This year, the 88th annual parade will feature Bachata singer Romeo Santos and Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez in the lineup. Also present will be Tony winner Idina Menzel, Kiss Meghan Trainor, Quvenzhane Wallis, Nick Jonas, Renee Flemming, former NHL players John LeClair and Pat LaFontaine, and the cast of “Sesame Street."

Planning on viewing the parade live? Well, Macy's has some advice on the spots with the best views. "The best places to view, depends on you," shares the company on their website. "Early risers like to camp out starting at 6am along the west side of the street on Central Park West from 59th to 75th Streets, where the Parade runs from about 9am until 10:30am. If you prefer to arrive later, further down the route on 6th Avenue may be best - the Parade reaches this area around 9:30am. We don't suggest viewing from 6th Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets or in front of Macy's Herald Square, which provides very limited viewing due to the national television broadcast."

As for the route, the parade will kick off at 9 a.m. at 77th Street and Central Park West. The parade will go down Central Park West and turn left at Columbus Circle onto Central Park South. At 6th Ave, the parade will make a right to veer south and head down to 34th street near Macy's.

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