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In NYC? Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Get ready for a whirlwind of excitement with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the ultimate holiday extravaganza! On November 23 this year, the streets of New York City will come alive with a spectacle that’s been dazzling audiences since 1924.

Imagine a day where giant balloons take to the sky, larger than life and more magical than your wildest dreams. We’re talking about iconic characters floating among the skyscrapers, from the classics like Mickey Mouse to modern favorites like Olaf, creating a sky-high spectacle.

But wait, there’s more! Marching bands battle it out for months just for the chance to strut their stuff down the parade route, filling the air with music and energy. Volunteers, by the thousands, pour their hearts and souls into making each float a masterpiece of creativity and joy.

This isn’t just a parade; it’s a piece of living history that started with a dream in Rowland Hussey Macy’s mind. From a humble beginning in a dry goods store, Macy’s grew into an icon, with its flagship store in Herald Square becoming a world-renowned landmark. This store isn’t just a shopping destination; it’s a wonderland, especially during the holidays with its legendary window displays and events like the Macy’s Flower Show and Santaland.

And let’s not forget the roots of this magnificent parade. It began with Macy’s employees donning costumes, accompanied by captivating floats, bands, and even live animals! Today, it’s a vibrant tapestry of culture, art, and entertainment that brings together millions, whether they’re snuggled up at home or lining the streets of New York.

So, gather your family, grab your hot cocoa, and get ready to be part of an unforgettable Thanksgiving tradition. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade isn’t just a parade; it’s a celebration of imagination, community, and the magic of the holiday season!

There are 2.5 miles of public viewing. (Here’s the full route). It kicks off at West 77th Street & Central Park West and flows down Central Park West before winding around Columbus Circle and onto Central Park South and Sixth Avenue. Finally, it files down Sixth Avenue to Macy’s Herald Square.

A brief history:

Not in NYC?

It will be on YouTube as always but here’s a teaser:


November 23
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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