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Macy’s Day Parade 2023: Dancers Pack in on Subway Train in Claustrophobic Photo

Macy’s Day Parade 2023: Dancers Pack in on Subway Train in Claustrophobic Photo

The 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is officially kicking off, and Manhattan is literally overflowing with performers and spectators.

New York City photojournalist Gary Hershorn has been capturing pictures of the pre-festivities and preparations all morning. The city is bustling with people heading to the street sides and massive balloons patiently waiting for go time at West 77th and Central Park.

Heshorn is documenting the day on X, and one of his photos getting the most love shows a subway train packed so full of dancers that they’re bursting out the doors.

“Dancers squeeze onto a subway train as they head to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, Thursday morning,” he wrote.

The dancers are part of the long lineup that will make its way through NYC over the next 3.5 hours. According to Macy’s official site, audiences will see 25 balloons, 31 floats, 18 singers, and 6 balloonists during this year’s event. They will also catch several clown crews, 11 marching bands from high schools and universities, and 7 performing groups.

The Macy’s Day Parade singers give major throwback vibes, too. Performers include Cher, Bell Biv Devoe, Brandy, En Vogue, and Chicago.

Here’s How to Watch the 2023 Macy’s Day Parade

There are several ways to catch the big event this year. For those of you lucky enough to be in New York City today, you can head over to the 2.5-mile route that lines the Upper West Side to Midtown. NYPD officers are on hand to help you arrive safely, but you’re likely out of luck when it comes to finding a spot with a view as the show is already underway.

Watching from the comfort of your living room may be a better choice anyway. Right now, it’s a chilly 50 degrees in the city. While the temperature will rise throughout the morning, crowds and traffic are massive. You can tune into Peacock or NBC and watch the Today Show crew host the event from 8:30 am until noon.