Each year, more than 3.5 million people in NYC and over 50 million people at home watch the Parade. Want to get the best views of the Macy’s Parade? We’ve got all the details, plus some insider scoop. First, you’ll want to dress warm and set the alarm, though the parade starts at 9pm, those wanting good views will need to be up and at ’em around 6.
For the 93 edition, the line-up will feature 16 giant character balloons; 40 novelty balloons, heritage balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 11 marching bands.
Tips for planning your Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Visit
Timing: The Parade Route begins at 77th Street & Central Park West. There is a viewing area there and the crowd will be to see about 90 minutes of entertainment at this point. Things spread out as the parade marches towards Macy’s expect about 3 hours of show in front of the legendary store. And the NBC coverage runs from 9 a.m. until noon.
Balloons: There are new additions arrive every year! New giants joining the line-up this year include Astronaut Snoopy by Peanuts Worldwide, Green Eggs and Ham by Netflix, and SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary by Nickelodeon. In celebration of his 75 birthday, a heritage balloon and fan favorite will return to the Parade as Smokey Bear once again takes to the skies over Manhattan.
Insider’s Tip: Check out the balloon inflation on Wednesday. Bring the kids and watch the 25 balloons come to life. This takes place from 3 – 10 p.m. near the American Museum of Natural History just off Central Park West between 77th St. and 81st St.
2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Details
The 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® kicks-off the holiday season on Thursday, November 28 at 9 a.m. ET.
Starts: 77th & Central Park West
Ends: 7th Avenue & 34th Street
Macy’s Thanksgiving 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
More Parade Planning
Parade hotline 212-494-4495
Official website: https://www.macys.com/social/parade/
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