Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City


First appearing in 1927, Macy's signature larger-than-life helium character Balloons will proudly take flight in the skies high above New York in the 76th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28th. Many, many New Yorkers brave the cold, the wind, and the thousands of other New Yorkers to attend the parade and the amazing inflation process the night before.

Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade: Thursday, November 28th from 9am-noon
The parade starts at 77th Street and Central Park West, and ends at Macy's, 34th Street and 6th Ave. Viewing is restricted access from 36th to 38th Street on Broadway and on 34th Street from Broadway to 7th Avenue on the north side of the street. Parade Route Map | Photo Gallery

Parade Tips:
  • THERE ARE NO TICKETS SOLD; the grandstand seats are for special guests of Macy's only. The earlier you arrive, the better your chances of getting a good view.
  • Bring some sandwiches, snacks, and a thermos of piping hot cocoa.
  • Warning: Strollers and folding chairs can be a nightmare.
  • If you have kids, bring a blanket so that they can sit on the curb for a great view.
  • Holiday parking rules will be in effect.

See the balloons getting blown up: Wednesday, November 27th from 3-10 pm
Near the American Museum of Natural History at 77th Street and Central Park West. Traditionally an evening event, "Balloon Inflation," the coming to life of Macy's giant helium Balloons, will now be open in the afternoon for more family fun!

For More Information: Call the Macy's Parade Hotline at (212) 494-4495

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Applying to be in the Macy's Parade

High School Bands and College Bands write to the following address for an application:

    Macy's Annual Events
    Attn: Band Committee
    151 W. 34th Street
    New York, NY 10001