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The magical procession returned to the Big Apple this November as the 83rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season.
The 83rd edition of the Macy's Parade featured fantastic new elements and fan favorites, it also marked a milestone moment in Parade history. Having marched down parts of Broadway for 82 years, the 2009 procession was the first to bypass Broadway in the long running march. Over the years the Macy's Parade route has changed five times traveling through several different paths, from having initially stepped off in Harlem to its current 77th Street launch, the route has changed with the times.
The 2009 Macy's Parade began at 77th Street and Central Park West, travelled down to Columbus Circle where it turned onto Central Park South. Once the Parade reached 7th Avenue it turned once more and marched down 7th Avenue through Times Square to 42nd Street. At the famed intersection it turned east to 6th Avenue and began its final march down the Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street where it turned towards Macy's famed flagship and end at 7th Avenue marking a 2.65-mile march.