Is there anything more iconic about Thanksgiving (other than turkey and gratitude, or course), than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
Each year, more than 3.5 million people in NYC and over 50 million people at home watch the Parade. Amazingly enough, since the parade began in 1924, participants have been Macy’s employees, their families and friends or others who have a relationship with the Parade’s elements and/or partners, making the parade even more endearing.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is truly the sign in our home that it’s time to kick-off the day, gather family around and, of course, get all those yummy dishes on the stove and in the oven! So let’s get you everything you need to know to make sure you don’t miss even a minute of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year:
When Does the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Start?
The parade starts at 9am ET and run until Noon. You can watch it live on NBC or, of course, see it in person in NYC!
Where to Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
There are actually 2.5 miles of public viewing, but keep in mind that grandstand tickets around Herald Square are not for sale to the general public. The parade starts at 77th street and Central Park West, though there is no public viewing there. Early risers will start arriving on the west side of Central Park West between 59th to 75th streets around 6am.
If you prefer to arrive later, further down the route on 6th Avenue may be best—the Parade reaches this area around 9:30am. Macy’s doesn’t suggest viewing from 6th Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets or in front of Macy’s Herald Square, which provides very limited viewing due to the national television broadcast.
Who Will Be Performing at this year’s Parade?
As always, you can expect a huge array of stars from stage, screen, and music to perform and appear on the famous floats. The 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will start with a song and dance performance of “Dancing in the Street,” which includes an all-star ensemble cast of celebrities from pop culture, stage and TV. Some of the stars will be Harry Connick Jr., Martha Stewart, Thalia, Jane Krakowski, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Gaten Matarazzo, Chrissy Metz, and John O’Hurley. The routine will transition seamlessly to a big climax on 34th Street with 100 dancers, a gospel choir and the iconic Rockettes.
As if that wasn’t enough, Gwen Stefani will sing “White Christmas” at the Bryant Park ice rink, surrounded by fans and skaters.
Is there special access for spectators with special needs?
Yes, please call YAI National Institute at 212-273-6181 or visit their website at https://www.yai.org/haiyai-macy’s-thanksgiving for more information.
Where Can I Get More Information about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
If you go to the mezzanine level of Macy’s Herald Square, not only can you get your 10% off Visitor’s Savings Pass, but they can also answer your questions and arrange tickets to must-see attractions to help you get the most out of your visit.
Of course, there is so much more you can expect during this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you want to know more about anything from the parade’s history to the performers, visit the parade website.