The 88th annual  Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place this Thursday, November 27 and Consumer Press has everything you need to know to watch the parade either in-person or from home.

The parade is watched live by over 3 million people and another 50 million typically tune in to see all the larger-than life balloons and floats, spectacular musical numbers, incredible marching bands, celebrity appearances and of course Santa Claus, who always ends the parade.

The parade will be hosted by last year’s popular trio of Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker.

It will be broadcast on NBC from 9 A.M. (EST) until noon, with  NBC re-broadcasting the parade in it’s entirety following the National Dog Show at  2 P.M. (EST).

For those who want to watch through live stream go to the Macy’s Parade Website the morning of the event to watch for free.  You can also check out the NBC Stream for access, which is free but can only be accessed through a participating cable provider.

The parade will start on 77th street and proceed down to Columbus Circle; they will then turn onto Central Park South and march along 6th avenue, ending on 34th street in front of Macy’s.

You can view the map below to see the route in it’s entirety.

Those who want to see the event live can snag a viewing spot in several places: along 6th avenue from 59th to 34th street, Columbus Circle on the West side of the street or from Central Park West from 70th street to Columbus Circle (or on the east side form 70th to 65th street.

Crowds gather early so it’s best to bundle up and be prepared to get there as early as 5 A.M. (EST) if you want a prime viewing spot.

How do you plan to watch the parade?  Comment below and tell us if you’ll be watching.