On Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 9 a.m. the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin. The parade travels down Central Park West from 77th Street to Columbus Circle along Central Park South to 6th Avenue, down 6th Avenue to 34th Street and along 34th Street to Macy's Herald Square (34th Street). (Map of Parade Route)
More than 8,000 people participate in the parade, including clowns, balloon handlers and marching bands, while 3.5 million people line the streets along the parade route to see it in person. Another 50 million watch the parade on television. The parade has been an annual tradition since 1924 -- and each year it gets bigger and better. This year's line-up will feature 17 giant character balloons, 27 floats, over 1,000 cheerleaders/dancers, over 1,000 clowns, 12 marching bands, many celebrities, and Santa Claus!
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Map & Public Viewing Areas
The parade travels south beginning at 77th Street & Central Park West and ending at 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
- 6th Avenue: between 58th & 34th Streets
- 34th Street: south side of street between Broadway & 7th Avenue
While there are private events along the parade route at hotels and restaurants, the bleacher area is reserved for Macy's guests and there are no tickets for sale for those spots.
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Tips For Attending the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
In order to get a good viewing spot, many people arrive before 6:30 a.m. the morning of the parade to stake out space along the parade route. Be sure to wear plenty of warm clothes and bring a thermos full of coffee or hot cocoa, as it can be quite cold. The duration of the parade depends on where you view it from -- near the beginning of the route, it will last about 1 1/2 hours, closer to Macy's, the parade will last closer to 3 hours. You can also book a hotel room with a view of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. For the more meek, the parade will be aired on NBC from 9 a.m. until noon.
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If you'd like to get a chance to see the balloons as they get blown up, on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 you can watch the inflation of the 25 parade balloons from 3 - 10 p.m. near the American Museum of Natural History just off Central Park West between 77th St. and 81st St. This is a very special opportunity to see the balloons up close as they come to life.