Forget battling sidewalk crowds and craning your neck to see the festive floats and talented marching bands make their way through Manhattan in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. A luxury travel service in New York City is offering an up-close-and-personal parade viewing experience — no bundling up in winter clothing required.
With its Exclusive Thanksgiving Parade Viewing Brunch, the destination management company Beyond Times Square gives discerning travelers the ability to watch the parade indoors through floor-to-ceiling windows or from an outdoor second-floor balcony at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse on Sixth Avenue along the traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route.
The package, which costs a hefty $899 a person, includes a breakfast and brunch buffet on Thanksgiving morning from 8 to 11:30 a.m. You’ll be seated at a private table for your party and can also watch TV monitors for live network coverage of the parade. A DJ and special activities for children are also part of the entertainment.
Another brunch amenity that parade-goers on the street might covet: easy access to restrooms all morning long.
Thanksgiving in the United States is Thursday, November 25, 2021.
Add A Hotel Stay To The Parade Viewing Brunch
Stay at the high-rise hotel from November 23 to November 27 in a room with a king bed or two double beds. The Marriott Marquis is known for its revolving restaurant on the 48th floor. The hotel is located on the corner of West 46th Street and Broadway, not far from Broadway theaters, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and Bryant Park.
The hotel and brunch package starts at $1,570 per guest.
The Ultimate Indulgence: A 3-Day Hosted Thanksgiving Experience
For those who want a full tour itinerary over the Thanksgiving Holiday, consider a package that includes a private tour guide and private transportation to experience some key New York City attractions and special holiday events.
Starting at $3,264 per guest (price depends on the total number of people in your party), the 3-day package offered from November 24 to 26 includes the Thanksgiving Parade Viewing Brunch, three nights’ accommodations at a midtown hotel, and four private tours: a midtown walking tour, a holiday lights tour, a tour of the parade’s balloon inflation staging area, and a tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Reserved tickets to the Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes and a Broadway show are also included, and you’ll receive admission tickets to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck and either the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Museum of Natural History to enjoy on your own time.
Macy’s 2021 Parade Plans Not Detailed Yet
According to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade website, there is an “epic show” with “more thrills” planned for the 2021 holiday extravaganza, but details haven’t been released yet.
Last year, under COVID-19 restrictions, there was no parade marching through the streets, but events took place in front of the Macy’s department store at 34th Street at Herald Square. Live performances were pre-recorded and aired on television Thanksgiving morning, along with footage of some of the giant balloons and traditional floats. But Beyond Times Square is counting on the usual 2.5-mile parade route from Central Park to Herald Square — passing by Del Frisco’s Steakhouse — returning again for 2021: “After last year’s paring down of the beloved Thanksgiving Day Parade and the fact that it wasn’t open to in-person viewing, the excitement of having it back again in all its glory is unprecedented,” said Joel Cohen, Beyond Times Square general manager.