U.S. – Department store Macy’s is celebrating Thursday, November 24, with a Thanksgiving Day parade. Macy’s, NBC Universal, and Verizon have teamed up to lo live stream the event in a 360-degree video.
People will be able to find the coverage on any platform that allows seeing 360-degree YouTube videos in a browser. The clip of the live-stream is down below, so users only need to load and play when the time comes.
The 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will debut three new balloons along a two and a half mile route that will have an old favorite treat: a replica of the very first Felix the Cat balloon will appear down the street.
The event will air on NBC and Verizon’s YouTube Channel at 9 a.m. in all time zones. The live-stream will last the entire parade.
Macy’s 360-degree experience
360-degree videos is a new kind of experience that is very similar to virtual reality. Some of them are already available on YouTube, and they let the user spin the camera in any direction to see the action from every corner.
YouTube VR App for virtual reality gears like DayDream VR allows players to turn their heads inside 360-degree videos to see the entire environment, instead of turning the screen with a scroll or a tap.
According to Endgadget, the Thanksgiving Day Parade will have many 360-degree cameras at “strategic points” on the route so that the viewers could get an immersive experience of the event.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will march down New York’s 77th street
Macy’s event is a beloved U.S. tradition. 2016’s edition will bring 10,000 performers, stars and marching bands that make it one of America’s most unforgettable parades.
Before it is time to share the turkey around the family table, all eyes will turn to Manhattan and Macy’s annual pageant of giant balloons, clowns, marching bands, clowns, theater performance and celebrities.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade will start at NYC’s Central Park West & W 77th St. Then, it will run down the 77th street and turn on Columbus Circle towards the JW Marriot Essex House New York.
The parade will go down the 6th Avenue and turn on W 34th St. to the 7th Avenue, the end point of the parade.
Attending the show in person sure tops watching the live-stream, so users could check the map to see which nearby restaurants and bars will open during the Holiday.
NYPD boosted the security of the Parade
Local police are taking unprecedented measures to keep the safety during the event. The NYPD is putting the “vapor wake” division to work, a group of eight Labrador dogs will ultra-sensitive noses to sniff the smallest whiff of explosives.
Also, it will be the first year that the NYPD’s trained Critical Response Command will work on the parade. It is an elite unit with large guns and a year of harsh military-grade training.
Source: Business Insider