The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade — the world's largest parade is a spectacle for the whole family to enjoy. With some of the fan favorites making an appearance including SpongeBob SquarePants, Charlie Brown, and Disney’s Olaf of Frozen. Its an experience you and your family can cherish for the rest of your lives.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Holiday kick-off parade with immense balloons, Broadway performers and Santa.
The Papa Smurf balloon at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. | Photo Courtesy of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends than by going to the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Join Macy’s in celebrating their 93rd annual parade on November 22 at 9 a.m. The parade will begin from 77th Street and Central Park West and continue on to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square.
Some notable returning balloons: Red from Angry Birds, Charlie Brown, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and SpongeBob SquarePants. With the addition of four new balloons debuting, one being Disney’s Olaf of Frozen. Some returning floats include: “1-2-3 Sesame Street” (Leslie Odom Jr. and The Muppets cast of Sesame Street), Big Apple by NY Daily News and “Building A Better World” by Girl Scouts of the USA. A new float by Delta Air Lines will debut to commemorate the season of togetherness with the perfect gift of song, as more than 125 Macy’s employees gather to form a one-of-a-kind, cross-generational choir aboard the Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree.
Where to Get the Best View
The best places to view depends on you! Early risers like to camp out starting at 6 a.m. along the west side of the street on Central Park West from 59th to 75th Streets, where the Parade runs from about 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. If you prefer to arrive later, further down the route on 6th Avenue may be best—the Parade reaches this area around 9:30 a.m. We don’t suggest viewing from 6th Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets or in front of Macy’s Herald Square, which provides very limited viewing due to the national television broadcast.
(Thursday) 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6th Ave., 34th to 38th St.
6th Ave., 34th St. New York, NY 10001