Behind the Scenes of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
GettyPapa Smurf in the staging area on a sunnier Parade day.

You can sing and dance your way into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Or you can do like I did, and tap a connection.

Anyone not in a performance troupe or band must work at a Macy's or know someone who does to get the chance to join with about 8,000 others in the nationally broadcast 2.5-mile trek from 77th and Central Park West downtown to Macy's Herald Square.