News at 9: 3 million people expected at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Immersive ‘The Great Gatsby’ experience hitting NYC soon


3 million people expected to line NYC streets for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, An immersive ‘The Great Gatsby’ experience is hitting New York this spring and more in top stories of the day.

3 million people expected to line NYC streets for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The crowds will be out in force Thursday for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a tradition dating back to 1924. About three million spectators are expected to line the parade route to watch in person, organizers say, as the balloons, floats and marching bands make their way from the Upper West Side to Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square.

This year’s event will feature 16 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 12 marching bands, a host of musical stars and more. Plus 700 clowns and Santa Claus, for good measure.

The parade is set to step off on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, at 8:45 a.m. ET with TV coverage from 9 a.m. to noon.

An immersive ‘The Great Gatsby’ experience is hitting New York this spring

“The Gatsby Mansion” is a theatrical adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1925 book The Great Gatsby that just wrapped up a seven-year run in the U.K. and is set to take over the apt (and lavish!) ballroom at Park Central Hotel New York starting March 9, 2023.

According to an official press release, the space will be transformed into an interactive theatrical venue thanks to a renovation of the over 16,000 square feet of space that make up the ballroom.

To celebrate the opening, Park Central Hotel New York is offering guests a themed weekend or weekday experience that includes overnight accommodations, two tickets to the show, two glasses of champagne and a personalized note from Gatsby “himself” for $399 per night. Find out more about the promotion right here.

Here’s what’s open and closed on Thanksgiving in the US

Stores and businesses across the United States will be closed Thursday as Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. Here are the businesses and institutions that will be open and closed on Turkey Day.

Target, Walmart, Best Buy and Kohl’s will all be closed, a policy that started in 2020 and has continued. 

Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Bed Bath & Beyond locations will also be shuttered for the day. Costco (COST), Home Depot (HD), Nordstrom (JWN), Publix, Sam’s Club, Trader Joe’s and others have been closed on Thanksgiving for many years.

Last minute grocery shopping can be done at ACME, Albertsons, Fairway, Giant, Ralphs, Safeway, ShopRite, Sprouts Farmers Market, Wegmans and Whole Foods among others, though hours depend on locations. Big Lots, Dollar General and Family Dollar will also have some open hours. Since Thanksgiving is a bank holiday, most banks will be closed.

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