The Best Parades in New York City

NYC Lunar New Year Parade
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New York parades snarl up traffic and cause pedestrian rage incidents to skyrocket, but they also provide opportunities for New Yorkers to cut loose, get creative, and party in the streets. Below are some of the biggest, flashiest, and most exciting New York parades.

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    2016 NYC Gay Pride Parade
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    The LGBT Pride March is part of the annual New York Gay Pride Week festivities which take place every June.

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    2016 Greenwich Village Halloween Parade
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    The nation's largest public Halloween celebration, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade has been a New York institution for 36 years. It's even listed in the book, 100 Things to Do Before You Die: Travel Events You Just Can't Miss.

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    90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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    Since 1924, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a holiday tradition for New Yorkers and TV viewers around the world. More than 2.5 million spectators line the streets of New York to see the balloons, the floats, and the celebrities.

    Many New Yorkers and visitors enjoy watching the balloons inflate the night before the parade.

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    2016 Puerto Rican Day Parade, NYC
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    Crowds in excess of two million line Fifth Avenue every June for the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

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    2016 Easter Parade NYC
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    The New York City Easter Parade has been an annual tradition since Civil War days and features marchers in elaborate Easter finery, including some of the fanciest Easter bonnets imaginable.

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    Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Marches Down New York's Fifth Avenue
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    The first St.Patrick's Day parade in New York City was organized in 1762 by Irish soldiers. It's one of the few New York parades that does not allow cars, floats, or other vehicles, and the only one that features leprechauns drinking green beer.

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    NYC Dance Parade
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    Every May, New Yorkers gather for some dancing in the streets at the New York City Dance Parade and Festival. Who needs floats and marching bands when you have dancing feet?

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    Annual Columbus Day Parade Held In New York
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    Around 35,000 marchers and more than a million spectators converge on Fifth Avenue to celebrate the contributions of New York's Italian-American community during the New York Columbus Day Parade in October.

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    Three Kings Day, NYC
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    El Museo del Barrio celebrates Three Kings Day in January with a procession through the streets of East Harlem. Where else can you find live camels, music, colorful puppets, dancing, and parrandas in one fabulous event?

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    NYC Veterans Day Parade
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    The New York Veterans Day Parade is the oldest and largest of its kind in the nation. Since November 11, 1919, the parade has provided an opportunity for New Yorkers and visitors to honor those who have served.

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    NYC Lunar New Year Parade
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    This annual Chinatown parade celebrates the Lunar New Year with marching bands, dragon dancers, acrobats, floats, and more.

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    Costumed Pooches Prance In Annual Halloween Dog Parade In New York City
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    While the annual New York City dog Halloween parade doesn't quite have the history and gravitas of some of the other famous New York parades, cute dogs in costume are always a crowd-pleaser.