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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade NYC
Thursday, November 28, 2013

Parade Route
Public Viewing Locations
Thanksgiving Eve Balloons

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
If you're visiting New York during Thanksgiving, you won't want to miss seeing the world-famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The FUN 3-hr event starts at 9am (EST) on Thanksgiving Day — Rain or Shine.



The Thanksgiving Day tradition draws thousands of people from around the world. The Parade (and its 10,000+ participants), include Giant Inflated Balloon Characters (we love Snoopy and Shrek), Festive and Unique Floats, Marching Bands, Cheerleaders, Celebrities, Performers, Clowns, Santa and his Reindeer... and of course, New York City's one-and-only fabulous Radio City Rockettes.

TIP: Make sure you arrive very early (with your cup of coffee) to get a prime viewing spot along the route — spectators arrive as early as 6:30am.  You'll be sharing your viewing along with "3+ million" other people who come to see the annual parade in person. It is recommended that you do NOT bring folding chairs.

NOTE: Remember, it's Winter and New York can get very cold, so dress appropriately — wear layers to keep warm. The event is FREE to the public — NO tickets are sold for the parade.

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Parade Route
Route offers spectators over 2 1/2 miles of Parade viewing:

  • Parade starts at 77th Street
    and Central Pak West at 9am
  • Parade marches down to Columbus Circle, turning onto Central Park South
  • At 6th Avenue, Parade veers south, marching from 59th St to 34th St
    (best views 59th to 38th Sts; restricted viewing 34th to 38th Sts and Herald Square)
  • Parade makes its final turn, stopping in front of Macy's Herald Square

Past Parade Routes
In 2011, Parade started at 77th Street and Central Park West (marching south on Central Park West), then turning east onto Central Park South. At 7th Avenue, Parade turned south at the corner of Central Park South (and marched to 42nd St), then traveled east down 42nd St (from 7th to 6th Aves). At 6th Ave (Avenue of the Americas), Parade veered south, marching to 34th St., then headed west to Herald Square, ending at 34th Street and 7th Avenue (in front of Macy's).

Prior to 2011, the Parade route began at 77th Street and Central Park West, proceeding to Columbus Circle and turning onto Broadway. The Parade marched down Broadway and turned west on 34th Street, just past Macy's Herald Square, and finished at 7th Avenue.

More Info
212-494-4495

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Thanksgiving Day Parade Public Viewing Locations

Central Park West:
West side of the street from 70th Street to Columbus Circle and on the east side of the street from 70th to 65th Street.

Columbus Circle:
West side of the street

7th Avenue:
Between 58th & 42nd Streets

42nd Street:
From 7th to 6th Avenues

6th Avenue:
Best views 59th to 38th Streets; restricted viewing 34th to 38th Streets

34th Street:
Limited viewing on South side of street, between Broadway and 7th Avenue. Restricted viewing 34th to 38th Sts and Herald Square.

Parade Hotline:
212-494-4495

Visitors Center:
212-494-2922

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Thanksgiving Eve (NY Secret)
— Parade Balloons Inflated
Join the locals and see the giant Macy's Thanksgiving Day balloons being inflated on Thanksgiving Eve (Wednesday) — on both sides of the American Museum of Natural History, at Central Park West and Columbus Avenue (on 77th and 81st Streets) from approximately 3-10pm.

Fun for kids and "big kids" too!

More Info
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Thanksgiving in New York City, NY

Giant Snoopy Balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, CA

The Radio City Rockettes performing their breathtaking "high kicks" during the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, NY

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade features Giant inflated Balloons, Festive Floats, Performers, Marching Bands, Santa Claus, the Radio City Rockettes and more!

Giant Shrek Balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, NY

Colorful giant inflated Elves are featured during the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, NY

Dolly Parton performs during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, NY

World-famous Radio City Rockettes performing during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, NY

Santa on a Festive Holiday Float during the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, NY

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and The Radio City Rockettes in New York City

Cheerleaders (and their colorful pom-poms) performing at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, NY

Thanksgiving Day "Turkey" Float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, NY

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade participants - New York City, NY

 

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