There will be large crowds present. for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a custom that dates back to 1924, on Thursday.
As the balloons, floats, and marching bands make their way from the Upper West Side to Macy’s flagship shop at Herald Square, organizers estimate that over three million spectators will line the parade route to watch live.
Last year, organizers anticipated approximately 2.5 million viewers for a TV-only tournament in 2020.
The festival this year will include a variety of musical performers, 12 marching bands, 28 floats, 16 enormous character balloons, and more. Santa Clause and 700 clowns were added for good measure.
On Wednesday, November 23, in the afternoon on the Upper West Side, spectators may observe the balloons being inflated in advance of the big event. Public viewing hours for the preparations are noon to 6 p.m. Only Columbus Avenue and West 72nd Street are accessible to the area.
Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 8:45 a.m. ET, the parade is scheduled to begin, with TV coverage running from 9 a.m. to noon.
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The procession begins near West 77th Street and Central Park West, but there is virtually little open space for spectators to watch it there. Along Central Park West in the south, the procession will move.
From West 75th to West 61st, Central Park West offers fantastic vistas. Columbus Circle is the parade’s turn onto Central Park South, however there is no public viewing there. After turning once more, it proceeds south on 6th Avenue.
From West 59th to West 38th streets, 6th Avenue offers another another section with the best views.
Avoid the restricted areas that are located on West 34th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues and along 6th Avenue between West 34th and West 38th Streets. The national television broadcast there places restrictions on access.
On Thanksgiving, New York City should experience lows around 40°F and highs near 50°F. It should be sunny and calm, which will allow the famed Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons to soar.
observing on TV
Most onlookers will be viewing the parade on television. The parade’s official broadcaster is NBC, and all time zones are covered from 9 a.m. until noon. Peacock will also stream it. Lea Michele and the cast of “Funny Girl” on Broadway are scheduled to perform an opening number with other Broadway productions like “Some Like It Hot” and “The Lion King.”
This year’s procession will feature four brand-new enormous balloons.
Bluey, a four-story-tall puppy from Australia, will be joining Sinclair Oil’s gigantic green Apatosaurus, which has returned with a new baby dinosaur companion.
Greg Heffley from “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” has a new edition. Additionally, Stuart the Minion, who is as tall as a three-story building and as wide as six taxi cabs, will float down the route in imposing shape.
This year’s parade will feature five new floats, including Baby Shark and his family. Baby Shark will swim behind in balloon form while Mommy Shark, Daddy Shark, Grandma Shark, and Grandpa Shark take the lead on a float.
The parade will also feature the world premiere of a float inspired by the action movie “Slumberland.”
Musicians and dance groups
Numerous celebrities, including singer/songwriter Jordin Sparks, soul singer Joss Stone, jazz duo Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, reggae musician Ziggy Marley, and others, are scheduled to play at this year’s Thanksgiving Day celebration.
This year’s parade will feature twelve marching bands from cities from Fresno, California, to Columbia, South Carolina, with one band traveling all the way from Xalapa, Mexico.
Heavy traffic and intermittent street closures will result from the parade. There is a push for mass transit.
The NYPD advised the public in a media statement that “anyone who detects unusual activity should tell a police officer or contact 911.” Call 888-NYC-SAFE to reach the department’s terrorism hotline.
The organizers of the Macy’s parade stated that they carefully collaborated with city and state officials to develop a strategy that would guarantee the “health and safety of all participants.”
Alcoholic beverages, lawn chairs, huge backpacks, large coolers, and umbrellas are not permitted.