City Events

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The city is most famous for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, an annual (of course) event viewed by an in-person and televised audience of millions. For many people, this is the New York city event that first acquaints them with the city — I can remember seeing the parade on TV years ago and wanting to live in the city some day. The parade dates back to 1924, when a Macy’s employee, Louis Bamberger, decided to celebrate Thanksgiving in the European tradition. He and his fellow employees arranged an unforgettable, uniquely New York event, complete with costumes, a marching band, and animals from the Central Park Zoo. Aside from a brief hiatus during the Second World War, the parade has been an annual New York city event ever since. Almost as recognizable as the Macy’s parade, the Village Halloween Parade is another New York city event that simply couldn’t happen anywhere else. Dating back to 1973, when a mask maker decided to put on a puppet show to help children feel safe celebrating Halloween. Ironically, the Village Halloween Parade attracts more adults than other similar City Events. The parade’s costumes range from the traditional Halloween garb to whimsical reinterpretations, and from humorous send-up’s to serious political messages. Puerto Rican Day Parade is one of many unmistakable New York city Events Calendar. that have inspired similar events worldwide. With more than three million spectators, the parade (which has been an annual event since 1958) is one of the largest in the country, and has inspired more than fifty other Puerto Rican Day parades in other American cities. The parade celebrates New York city’s large Puerto Rican community — one of the largest outside of Puerto Rico itself. It may be cold outside, but it’s hot in midtown Manhattan at the world famous Radio City Hall when the Chinese New Year Global Gala kicks off. Antique hunters also get to go to the Antiques at the Piers, an event that’s a showcase for European and American furniture, silver, glassware and art work. Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day ice skating at Rockefeller Center? Then you can cuddle up while taking a horse-drawn Hansom cab ride through Central Park. It’s still a bit cold in March, but you can warm up on March 17th at a crowded Irish pub as St. Patrick’s Day is enthusiastically celebrated by New Yorkers of every persuasion. As a kid I always loved going to the New York International Auto Show at Madison Square Garden, where I got to see Detroit’s newest steel, the sleekest foreign cars, concept cars and customized vehicles. It’s still happening but now it’s now held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. There’s also The Big Swim at the Asphalt Green in Manhattan this month. The race is in a 50 meter pool and more than 1,000 children, ages six through sixteen, participate. The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival is a cornucopia of culinary delights. You can sample it all at this street fair on the west side of Manhattan. Spring is beautiful in New York City. It’s a great time to shake off winter’s woes and start enjoying the outdoors. If you’re a kid or an adult who wants to learn how to rollerblade, you can do it at Camp Rollerblade where you will get two days of inline skating instruction. New York celebrates the Fourth of July at the traditional fireworks display at Macy’s as the tall ships sail up the Hudson River. It’s an awesome sight and is reminiscent of how New York might have been centuries ago. The biggest of the NYC events in August is the US Open Tennis Championships at Arthur Ashe Stadium, located in Flushing Meadows Park, and Louis Armstrong Stadium (at the site of the 1964 New York World’s Fair). If you can’t get there in person, this event is televised throughout the world. This is also the month for the New York International Fringe Festival with performances in musicals, dance, theatre and comedy. September is the month for the Katherine Hepburn Garden Festival, with ethnic food, antiques and jewelry as well as arts and crafts for sale. If you want to see established pros as well as budding stand up comics from around the world, you should check out the NYC Underground Comedy Festival. It takes place over seven nights in October and it’s at various venues in the city. The biggest event of one of the biggest holidays of the year is Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s the longest running show on Broadway and is the place to see the world’s greatest floats and marching bands. What would New Year’s Eve be without the biggest street party in the world happening in Times Square? If you like crowds and good times, you can join the revelers in one of the most popular events in New York City as they count down to midnight and watch the famous ball drop to bring in the New Year.