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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC

Before the Turkey hits the table and everyone gets settled in front of the TV to watch the football game, the New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an awesome way to get the day started. Beat the crowds and find the best spots to watch the parade so that you can make this a memorable moment for you, your family and friends.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade start time is 9.a.m. and if you want to see the very first float go down the street, the starting point is 77th Street and Central Park West.

This year will mark the 90th anniversary of this great New York City holiday tradition. Millions of people watch the parade on the streets of NYC and other’s watch on TV across the world. The New York City Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the largest in the nation.

Be on the look out for giant balloon character crowd favorites that include, Hello Kitty, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, Pillsbury Doughboy as well as colorful floats, marchiing bands and a lineup of celebrity performers. 

This years celebrity performers include:
De La Soul, Aloe Blacc, Tony Bennett, Sarah McLachlan, The Muppets,Regina Spektor and more…

Giant Balloons to watch out for:
Hello Kitty, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, Pillsbury Doughboy, Pikachu, Spongebob Squarepants, The Elf On The Shelf, Skylanders Eruptor, Thomas The Tank Engine, Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, Paddington, Ronald Mcdonald, Angry Birds’ Red, Dino, Ice Age’s Scrat & His Acorn, Trolls and Charlie Brown.

Parade Route
Unlike most of the city’s big parades, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is not on 5th avenue and does not run uptown on one street.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving parade will begin at 77th Street and Central Park West, and will make it’s way down Central Park West to Columbus Circle (59th st.). The parade will then turn onto Central Park South and then head south on 7th Avenue. At 42nd Street, the parade will turn east onto 6th Avenue until hitting 34th Street and turning west. The parade will end in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Public Viewing Areas

  • Central Park West: West side of street from 70th Street to Columbus Circle & east side of street from 70th to 65th
  • Columbus Circle: West side of street
  • 7th Avenue: between 58th & 42nd Streets
  • 42nd Street: from 7th to 6th Avenues
  • 6th Avenue: between 42nd & 34th Streets
  • 34th Street: south side of street between Broadway & 7th Avenue

NOTE: There is no public access in the telecast area on 6th Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets and on 34th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue. The south side of 34th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue will have limited viewing for the public. View street closures.

Check out photos from past NYC Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.