Everything You Need To Know About The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

It’s that time of year again! A time to be with family, to give thanks, to break bread and, of course, to watch enormous, inflatable cartoon characters float down 6th Ave.

That’s right people, I’m talking Thanksgiving – and more specifically, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Here is everything you need to know about this year’s festivities.

 

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What Is The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

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2017 marks the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – making this New York tradition one of the oldest celebrations in America. Currently hailed as the largest parade in the world, the procession features performances from marching bands, big-name artists, Broadway casts, dance troupes and, of course, larger-than-life balloons of all your favorite characters. The parade is slated to last around three hours, making this a full morning of fun you won’t want to miss.

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What Can You Expect to See?

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The lineup for this year’s parade is great, as per usual.

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Balloons:

  • The Pillsbury Doughboy
  • Angry Birds’ Red
  • Ice Age’s Scrat & His Acorn
  • The Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger
  • Sinclair’s Dino
  • Hello Kitty
  • Ronald McDonald
  • Trolls
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Pikachu
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Greg Heffley
  • The Elf on the Shelf
  • Charlie Brown
  • The Super Wings’ Jet
  • Paw Patrol’s Chase
  • The Grinch
  • Frozen’s Olaf
  • And more….

 

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Floats:

  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • 1-2-3 Sesame Street
  • It’s All Rock and Roll
  • Build-a-Bear’s Discover Adventure!
  • KFC’s Colonel’s Road Trip to NYC
  • Tom Turkey
  • McDonald’s Big Red Shoe Car
  • Macy’s Santa’s Sleigh
  • And more….

 

Performers:

  • Sabrina Carpenter
  • Nicky Jam
  • Lauren Alania
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Angelica Hale
  • Tom Colicchio
  • Padma Lakshmi
  • Leslie Odom Jr.
  • Miss America Cara Mund
  • Jojo Siwa
  • Olivia Holt
  • Sara Evans
  • The Rockette’s
  • Kat Graham
  • Smokey Robinson
  • The Goo Goo Dolls
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Dustin Lynch
  • Common
  • Cam
  • Andra Day
  • Andy Grammer
  • 98 Degrees
  • And More….

 

Where Is It?

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will start on Central Park West at 77th Street. Making its way down the avenue, the route will turn at Columbus Circle, head down Central Park South and then proceed onto 6th Ave. for the home stretch, ending at Macy’s Herald Square.

For more information on the parade route and road closings head to the NY Metro website here.

 

When Is It?

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

 

The 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will start at 9AM eastern time on Thursday, November 23rd. The parade has no specific end date, but is expected to last upwards of three hours.

 

How Can You See It?

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

 

With 2.5 miles worth of public viewing space along the route, there is plenty of room for any and all spectators to come out and see the parade in person. However, those of you hoping to escape the cold can find respite on the mezzanine level of Macy’s Herald Square or by watching via live broadcast on NBC.

 

For more information on next week’s parade, the history of Macy’s Thanksgiving and more, head to the Macy’s website here.

 

Featured Image Credit: Macy’s Instagram

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