NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is ready to kick-off another year of holiday magic featuring new additions and old favorites.
Here’s everything you need to know about the event.
When Does The Parade Start?
The parade will begin at 8:45 a.m. at Central Park West and 77th Street.
What’s The Parade Route?
After kicking off the 2.5-mile route at Central Park West and 77th Street, marchers will travel down to Columbus Circle where they will turn onto Central Park South.
Once the parade reaches 6th Avenue it will turn south and march down 6th Avenue until it reaches 34th Street, where it will make its final turn towards Macy’s Herald Square and end at 7th Avenue.
What’s New This Year?
There are several new additions to the parade this year, both floats and balloons! Beloved children’s character Bluey will be making her balloon debut along with Diary of A Wimpy Kid, DINO and Baby DINO and Stuart the Minion.
A Baby Shark float will also be a part of the parade this year as well as a Geoffrey’s Dazzling Dance Party by Toys“R”Us float. Netflix will feature a “Supersized Slumber” float and Wonder will have a “Wondership.”
Celebrity appearances will also be plenty with names like Paula Abdul, Sean Paul, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Mario Lopez, Jordin Sparks and the cast of the Muppets appearing on the parade’s many stages and floats.
Where Can I Watch The Parade?
While there are many places to watch the parade along the route, there will be no way to avoid crowds.
At the start of the parade route, there is no (or limited) public viewing. Early risers tend to camp out starting at 6 a.m. on the west side of Central Park from West 75th Street to West 59th Street to get the best views.
Public viewing it not available at Columbus Circle but there are great views on Sixth Avenue between West 59th and West 38th streets.
It’s best to avoid watching on the major avenue between West 34th and West 38th streets and on West 34th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues as there will be limited public viewing with the national television broadcasts.
No public viewing is available in front of the Macy’s store.
How Can I Watch At Home?
The parade will be broadcasted live on NBC from 9 a.m. to noon.
What Streets Are Closed?
The following streets will be closed at 8 a.m. Thursday:
West 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
West 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
Central Park West between West 77th and 86th Streets
The parade route streets will be closed starting at 8:45 a.m. Thursday:
Central Park West to Columbus Circle
Columbus Circle to West 59th Street
West 59th Street to Sixth Avenue
Sixth Avenue to West 34th Street
West 34th Street to Seventh Avenue
Additional street closures
Broadway between West 34th Street and West 41st Street- 12 a.m. to 1 p.m.
6th Avenue between West 23rd Street and West 42nd Street – 2 a.m. to 1 p.m.
7th Avenue from West 34th Street and West 42nd Street - 2 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
West 34th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue - 10 p.m. (Wed) to 5 p.m.
West 59th Street E/B between 7th Avenue and Central Park West – Midnight to 2 p.m.
West 59th Street W/B between 5th Avenue and Central Park West – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West 35th Street between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue - 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.
West 36th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue - 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West 37th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue - 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West 38th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue - 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West 8th Avenue between 34th Street and 40th Street - 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Broadway between 38th Street and 59th Street - 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
West 33rd Street between 7th Avenue and 10th Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West 39th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West 40th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West 49th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West 50th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Central Park 65th Street/ West 66th Street Transverse Roads 7 a.m. until conclusion
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