The day of thanks wouldn’t be complete without the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. After all, it’s been a New York tradition since 1924! Balloons, floats, marchers and music’s biggest stars add a little bit more sparkle to Thanksgiving each year. The 91st annual parade will be no different. Consider this your guide to navigate the 2017 parade.
When is it taking place?
Thursday, Nov. 23. The parade kicks off at 9am and runs until noon.
Where to catch the action live?
There are about 2.5 miles reserved for the public. The action starts at 77th Street and Central Park West, but there is limited access for public viewing there. You can nab a spot at Central Park West between 59th and 75th streets. Be warned: people start camping out at 6am. Or watch at Central Park South and 6th avenue from 59th to 38th streets. Avoid 38th through 34th Streets, and 34th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues—that’s where the live broadcast will be setup. The parade ends at Macy’s Herald Square but there’s limited public viewing there and let’s not leave out how crowded it will be.
Those who prefer to watch the parade in a secluded area with some grub are in luck. Several spots nearby are hosting viewing parties. Monarch Rooftop Lounge, located at West 35th Street, is giving access from its rooftop with a viewing party starting at 8:30am. Or enjoy Italian brunch at Quality Italian on the parade route at West 57th Street. This upscale extravangza takes places between 8-11am. If an American breakfast is more your speed, dig into a buffet with brunch cocktails at 5 Boro Restaurant from 8am-12pm. You’ll be viewing the action from 6th Avenue between 35th and 36th Street.
How to watch at home?
Of course there’s always the option to snuggle up at home. Tune into NBC on TV or stream it on NBC’s website with a cable subscription.
What balloons should you expect?
Say hello to the Pillsbury Doughboy, Angry Birds’ Red, Ice Age’s Scrat (along with his acorn), Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, Sinclair’s Dino, Hello Kitty, Ronald McDonald, Trolls, SpongeBob SquarePants, Pikachu, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Elf on the Shelf and the beloved Charlie Brown. There will also be several novelty balloons, including Harold the Policeman and the Yellow Star.
And what about the floats?
Expect floats galore: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1-2-3 Sesame Street, It’s All Rock & Roll, Discover Adventure!, The Colonel’s Road Trip to NYC, Free to Play, Tom Turkey, Rocking Lobster, Big City Cheer!, Winter Wonderland, Big Apple, Mount Rushmore’s American Pride, On The Roll Again, McDonald’s Big Red Shoe Car, The Cranberry Cooperative, Frozen Fall Fun, Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations, Snoopy’s Doghouse, Santa’s Sleigh, Rocking Horse, Rocking Giraffe, Heartwarming Holiday Countdown, Oh Christmas Tree, Building A Better World, Fun House and The Aloha Spirit.
Who is performing?
From pop singers to hip hop stars and a boy band, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be loaded with talented acts. Catch Sabrina Carpenter, Nicky Jam, Lauren Alaina, Bebe Rexha, Angelica Hale, Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Leslie Odom Jr., Miss America Cara Mund, JoJo Siwa, Olivia Holt, Wyclef Jean, Dustin Lynch, Common, Cam, Andra Day, Sara Evans, Andy Grammer and 98 Degrees.
Keep your eyes out for marching bands like the U.S. Air Force and Nation Ford High School Band. There will also be performance groups including Sprite of America Dance Stars, balloonicles and a whole bunch of clowns.