Thanksgiving Day 2014 has arrived and as the turkey is being roasted and pies are being baked, much of American will turn their attention to yet another Thanksgiving Day tradition that will make the morning hours interesting.
Thanksgiving Day parades that are organised in numerous places across the country are a joyous celebration of the interesting holiday and are one of the fun ways to kick start the holiday season.
While one might choose to visit any parade depending on feasibility and proximity, here is everything you need to know about top 5 most popular Thanksgiving Day parades in the United States, including its timings, route maps, weather conditions, and online live streaming information:
1. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014: New York City
Timing: The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off at 9am EST on 27 November.
Weather Condition: It will be partly cloudy and sunny and blustery conditions will be seen at times, according to AccuWeather. Temperatures will hover around 30F (few degrees above 0C) when the parade starts, and will rise gradually. Strong gusts of winds of nearly 30 mph could disrupt some balloon shows, according to forecasts.
Route Map: The parade will start on 77th Street & Central park West at 9am and it will make a final turn and stop in front of Macy's Herald Square. More information on the parade and route can be retrieved via the official Macy's parade website.
Live Streaming Information: One can tune in to NBC Thursday morning to watch the parade via TV. It will also be aired starting 9am on CBS.
The parade can also be watched via online live stream in Macy's Parade website on the morning of the event.
2. 6abc Philadelphia Thankgiving Day Parade: Philadelphia
Timing: Celebrating its 95thyear, the annual parade with kick off at 8:30am EST in the city.
Weather Conditions: It is expected to be dry and partly sunny with light breeze. Temperatures through the day will hover near 35 F (1 or 2C).
Route: The 1.4-mile parade will start at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard and will finish at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For further details on the parade and interactive route maps, visit the 'Visit Philly' Website.
Live Streaming: Tune in to the 6abc.com website for viewing the entire parade online.
3. McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade: Chicago
Timing: Performers will wander down the streets of downtown Chicago on Thanksgiving morning for a program that is scheduled for 8am CST.
Weather Conditions: Chilly weather is predicted for the start of the event with intermittent clouds and some sunshine at times as the day progresses. Temperatures will hover around 30F (0C) with occasional gusty breeze making it extremely chilly.
Route and 'Where to Watch' Live Streaming: The Chicagofestivals website has detailed information on routes and other inforamtion about the parade and will also live stream the events from the street.
One can also tune into WGN-TV for live coverage.
4. America's Thanksgiving Parade: Detroit
Timing: Detroit's annual Thanksgiving Day parade will hold its 88thyear anniversary with festivities slated for an 8:50am CST.
Weather: Cold and blustery conditions are expected with temperatures rising to a maximum of 30 F (0C) throughout the day.
Route: It will start on Woodward Avenue and Kirby and end at Woodward Avenue and Congress in downtown Detroit on Thursday.
Live Streaming Information: Hundreds of thousands of parade-goers will be watching as the Parade makes its way down Woodward Avenue. The parade will be broadcast LIVE on WDIV Local 4 from 10 am until Noon and on WJR 760 AM. Watch it live online in Clickondetroit.com website's live streaming video.
5. H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade: Houston
Timing: Kicking off at 9am CST, the 65thAnnual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade will present the city's finest attributes as part of this year's theme.
Weather: It is a treat for watchers of this parade as temperatures will hover near the confortable 70 F (21C) mark with plenty of sunshine.