As the home of one of the most dynamic cities in the world, New York is an exciting destination teeming with urban energy and unique opportunities. However, the state is home to more than the bustling metropolis of New York City; New York is filled with stunning lakes, beautiful sandy beaches, lazy rivers and challenging mountains. Visitors and residents alike will enjoy a cornucopia of events, festivals, museums and more.
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One of the great holiday traditions occurs every Thanksgiving morning. Millions of all ages line Manhattan streets in New York City to get the best viewing spot for the most famous parade in the world. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has it all, from marching bands, fabulous floats, and celebrity performances to huge helium-filled character balloons and Santa's first appearance of the season.
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The biggest party in the world is held each year at Times Square as over a million local and international revelers gather at the Crossroads of the World. Entertained by amplified music, live performances, party hats and favors, the huge crowd celebrates for hours before the illuminated Waterford Crystal ball begins its descent at 11:59. At the stroke of midnight, tons of confetti pour over the assembled group as the New Year begins.
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A beloved tradition since 1933, the tree lighting is the start of Christmas in New York. The selected tree is erected during November, at which time 30,000 LED lights are strung for the big event. In early December, thousands of people fill the plaza beginning at noon to enjoy musical performances and the exciting moment that the gorgeous tree is illuminated.
Founded in 2002, the mission of this international film festival is two-fold. First, the festival provides a platform for new and veteran filmmakers to reach hundreds of thousands of film goers. Second, the event showcases New York City as an outstanding filmmaking venue and brings tremendous revenues into the economy here.
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Hunter Mountain plays host to one of the premiere music festivals on the East Coast. This four-day event is entering its 10th year of terrific performances by groups from all over the world. Multiple stages are erected for the benefit of the 15,000 spectators who attend annually.
Randall's Island in the East River becomes a real zoo each August. This 24-acre site hosts this annual electronic music festival featuring live performances and DJ shows. Since 2009, the festival has grown each year and now welcomes over 100,000 spectators over the three-day event.