A few years ago, I did a post called Watching The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade From Abroad, which talked about how hard it is to view the parade from outside the US. I thought I’d do a little update.
NOTE: Please see Watching The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010 From Abroad for the latest info.
I think it’s still hard to watch the parade outside American, given some feedback I received from people last Thanksgiving. It’s ironic, because you’ll constantly hear from parade commentators how people are supposedly watching the event worldwide on television. It’s a mystery how that’s happening.
NBC — which broadcasts the Macy’s Parade in the US — has a page about the event here. It says nothing about watching the show online, nor does the NBC home page have info. Typically, I don’t think they’ve done live streams. However, some NBC affiliate stations in local markets might do this. Here’s a list to check. Be aware that if you’re outside the US, they might detect this and not stream video.
Macy’s itself also has a page about the parade. And sadly, it doesn’t offer a live broadcast, either.
Your best option is probably the one I outlined in my original post, EarthCam. Their webcam of the event returns for 2009. In fact, you have a choice of 11 different cameras, one in HD. You’ll find the page leading to them all here. You won’t get the commentary or the music, but it’s something.
Happy Thanksgiving, wherever you may be celebrating the American holiday. Belated Thanksgiving greetings to Canadian readers
Postscript: Please see Watching The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010 From Abroad for the latest info.