I know this probably won’t concern most of my normal readers, but I felt it had to be done in the name of all that is turkey day.
Honestly, I must have Googled the above phrase a hundred times in the last seven years and every year, the best I could find was a blurry version of the parade filmed from New York City’s livecam on the Thanksgiving website. No up close and personal musical numbers. No detailed shots of the air balloons or the decorated ‘floats’. No sound, music, or offhanded corny commentary. It was almost not even worth watching…
But last year I finally figured out how to watch the parade from my home in France- live on a mainstream American channel, and on my large screen tv- commercials and all! It really felt for those few hours like I was back home again :)
And since now I have a way to throw it out there into the universe for you other expats, I’m posting it here.
To watch the Parade on your computer:
Go to www.watchfomny.com. The parade usually begins at around 9am Eastern U.S. time so you’ll have to adapt your time difference. For instance, I’ll be watching the parade at 3:00pm European time.
Click on the American flag. A multitude of live streaming American channels will come up and you’ll have to test a few in order to find one that works best but I usually go with Fox or NBC. Click on the full screen setting.
To watch on your television you will need: a laptop or a computer close enough to the television set to plug in a HDMI cable. This cable will transfer the image to your television. If you have speakers you can either listen through the computer speakers or hook your computer up to a home surround sound system connected through the television.
That’s all there is to it folks! I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!