Thanksgiving Day Parade Streamed Live Online in 3D

By Jill Colvin | November 23, 2011 9:27pm 

MIDTOWN — Love the balloons, but hate the crowds at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

A webcam company, which keeps it's eyes peeled on some of Manhattan's most high-profile spots 24-hours-a-day, is giving New Yorkers a new way to experience the parade online.

EarthCam will offer a new, live feed of the parade Thursday using a special "3D BalloonCam" that will capture floating Kermit the Frog, Kung Fu Panda, Spider-Man and SpongeBob SquarePants at eye-level, in their full three-dimensional glory.

Viewers can watch the feed using any pair of traditional, red and blue 3-D glasses, or can make their own glasses using colored cellophane or plastic wrap, colored with blue and red Sharpie pens, using a template, like the one available here.

EarthCam's new 3D BalloonCam will stream the parade in 3D.
EarthCam's new 3D BalloonCam will stream the parade in 3D.
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The feed will also include a standard, 2-D view of the parade, from multiple angles, for those who prefer watching online to TV.

The fun is set to begin here at about 9:30 a.m.

2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
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Billy Figueroa