Macy's Thanksgiving Parade route change

November 23, 2009 10:45:49 AM PST
It's not just the balloons, marching bands and floats on display in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, it's also the laws of physics. For the first time in its more than 80-year history, the parade route is bypassing Broadway as it heads south from the Upper West Side to Macy's flagship store in Herald Square.

Participants will be using a new route. It's one that uses the city's streets and avenues and includes turns around five different corners.

Physics professor Brian Schwartz says the demands of the new route will be more of challenge for the balloon handlers and the marching bands.

He says the physics of moving down the street are different than what's involved for turning a corner.