LIVE CHAT: Macy's 86th Thanksgiving Day Parade

Join Communities writers and readers as we evaluate the floats. Diss the commercials. Sing along with the stars, and share the experience with everyone else.

WASHINGTON, November 22, 2012 – If it’s Thanksgiving, it must be time for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 2012 Edition. Rain or shine, denizens of New York and nearby environs flock to the Broadway parade route to witness this colorful event complete with bands, floats, and popular tunes from current Broadway productions performed by the Broadway stars.

And, of course, those giant helium-filled balloons depicting beloved cartoon and video game figures.

As for the rest of us… well, we can watch the parade’s 86th edition in HDTV and Dolby sound right in our living rooms if we’re lucky enough to have a decent home theater system. And if not, any old TV will do. Both NBC and CBS talking heads will broadcast the parade live starting at 9 a.m. EST and wrapping up when Santa Claus himself shows up around noon.

Better yet, since this is, after all, the 21st century, PC, tablet, and smartphone owners can live stream the parade via NBC. The live stream option will feature eight different camera views: ParadeCam, StreetCam, North View, South View, Crossroads, Bird’s Eye View and CrowdCam.

But wait, there’s more. You can also download the official Macy’s Parade app on an Apple device or through the iTunes store for extra info and the usual fun facts about the parade.

Best idea: turn on your TV, start your live steam, then head right here to the Communities for a live chat. Join us as we evaluate the floats. Diss the commercials. Sing along with the stars, and share the experience with everyone else.


Join EntertainUs Editor Terry Ponick and Communities Editor,  Jacquie Kubin as we cheer on the balloons, exclaim over the floats and laugh with the lip synching pop stars!

Our chat begins at 8:45 am and we will be here until Santa comes to town!

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Terry Ponick

Now writing on investing, politics, music, and theater for the Washington Times Communities, Terry was the longtime music and culture critic for the Washington Times (1994-2009). 

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