All About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Can you believe our 91st Parade is almost here? We’re getting super excited and can’t wait to share what we have in-store for you this year. But in the meantime, here are the essential details you need to know about the Macy’s Parade

starWhen is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Well, Thanksgiving, of course! This year it falls on November 23, 2017.

starWhat time does it start?

9 a.m. ET

starWhat channel is it on?


starWhere can you watch it?

There are 2.5 miles of public viewing for the Parade. It starts at 77th St. along Central Park West, goes around the park towards 6th Ave. and follows 6th Ave. all the way to 34th St. and ends in front of Macy’s Herald Square. Here’s a map of the best spots!

starWhat can you expect?

Tons of stuff! You’ll get a sneak peek of this year’s Broadway shows, lots of balloons, cool floats, funny clowns and of course performances from your fave singers.

starAre there any new balloons this year?

Yes! You can expect to see:
– Olaf from Frozen®
– Jett from Super Wings
– Chase from Paw Patrol®
– The mean ol’ Mr. Grinch and his dog, Max

starWhen was the first Macy’s Parade?

Our first Parade was in 1924, but it was actually called the Macy’s Christmas Parade. Instead of balloons, this Parade had live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo, and the highlight of the Parade (and still is today!) was Santa Claus.

star Who was the first balloon to premiere in the Macy’s Parade?

Felix the Cat! He made his debut in 1927.

Did you know?

Our Parade took a hiatus during During World War II (1942-44). And because there were helium and rubber shortages, we deflated and donated our balloons to the war effort.

For even more info on the Macy’s Parade, go to!

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