2019 - thanksgiving day parade - macys - photo by jeff day

Photo Essay – The 2019 Thanksgiving Day Parade – New York City

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NEW YORK, November 28, 2019 — A beautiful sunny, windy day greeted the 93rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The winds whistled as balloons flew low, dancing along the route; little eyes gleefully smiled, almost able to touch their beloved characters. “Escape, ESCAPE!”

Spectators in wonderment watched as the giant’s handlers do-si-doed to their partners’ sway.

As confetti caressed thousands of smiles, parade underway, bundled little ones eye-to-eye with balloons, clowns, toys (as floats larger); their dreams focused on holiday package futures.

Finally arrives  Ole St Nic, reindeers leading his sleigh announcing the season of joy, merriment, family gatherings, holiday time in New York is underway!

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20191128©DayMacyPrde6257.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.
Al Roker and Jeff Gennette, Macy’s CEO, kick off the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde3062.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde9984.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde0035.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde9994.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde9821.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde9881.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde9653.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde0196.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde9774.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde4074.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde9790.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde8119.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde9728.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde8360.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde7404.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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20191128©DayMacyPrde8503.jpg The 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off under windy, sunny skies and cool temperatures as hundreds of thousands line the parade route to celebrate the clowns, floats, and balloons fly by, starting the holiday season in New York City.

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Jeff Day, an independent photographer based in New York City, documents city life celebrations and the renewal of historical tradition in contemporary voice in the streets. He is completing two books, New Orleans Black and White and New York Street.  A lifelong sailor, Jeff has also documented the water’s edge and shore towns of New York, New England, the Gulf Coast, and Eastern Spain.

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All copyrighted photos courtesy of Jeff Day.