It’s time for my annual “How To Watch The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade From Abroad” post. If you’re outside the US, trying to watch this traditional way to start Thanksgiving, here are my tips.
Perhaps someday, Macy’s and/or NBC will realize there are millions of Americans outside the US who would love to view the show live. Sadly, 2010 is another year of being forgotten. There’s a webcam option, however.
NBC & Macy’s – No Support
NBC is broadcasting the parade and has an information page up here. As usual, there’s nothing about how to watch it live through the internet. Perhaps they’ll show a live stream tomorrow from the NBC home page, but that’s typically not the case. Chances are, they’d also likely block any streaming to those outside the US.
NBC has affiliate stations that carry the parade. Some of them might live stream the parade, but I doubt it. Here’s a list, in case you want to check on the day.
Macy’s has its own page about the parade – and as with NBC, there’s nothing about how to view from outside the US.
EarthCam To The Rescue!
It looks like EarthCam is once again going to be your best bet. EarthCam runs live webcams from various locations along the parade route. You won’t get any of the commentary, and the music can be hard to hear. But you’ll see the parade, and without commercials.
You’ll find the parade streamed on EarthCam here. For a sense of what it’s like, see my Watching The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade From Abroad post from 2006.
You might also try CNN’s live feed. In 2007, they broadcast the parade. Maybe that’ll happen again.