90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®
takes place on
Thursday, November 24th
from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
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Parade Hotline: 212-494-4495
The celebration will be broadcast on NBC
(channel 4 in New York City)
9:00 am – noon
Also, there’s the
Inflation Eve Helium Balloon Viewing
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Starting at and around 3:00 – 4:00 pm and lasting to about 10:00 pm
Central Park West and Columbus Avenue on 77th and 81st Streets
You’ll get to see a over a dozen huge helium filled balloons floating along above the 8,000 or so marchers walking along the 2 mile route. With musical performances from stars, a broadway performance or two, plenty of clowns, floats and of course there are the marching bands from local Schools as well as from across the United States. In 2001 the Statue of Liberty Float was adorned with the flags of all 50 states. Some of the big names to star in the parade were Tony Bennett, Boyz II Men, Usher, Billy Gilman, O-Town and soprano Charlotte Church amongst others. Thus this year’s event should feature plenty of big names.
So get on down along the NEW route which goes from 77th Street and Central Park West and turning left onto Central Park South, instead of going down Broadway. Once the parade reaches 6th avenue the procession turns south at the corner of Central Park South and down to 42nd Street. There it will head east along 42nd from 7th to 6th Avenues. At 6th it’ll head south on to 34th Street where it will then turn right (west) towards Herald Square and end at 34th and 7th Avenue.
It’ll begin at 9:00am. And remember, there’s also the inflating of the balloons the night before at and around the American Museum of Natural History at and around 77th Street and Central Park West. Also note that the crowd gathers quite early so it might be in your best interest to show up early as well if you’d like to get a good view of the parade this year!
Thanksgiving Day History
First celebrated by English Pilgrims in 1621 in what is now the state of Massachusetts, Thanksgiving is quite the prequel to the holiday festivities which take place here in New York City and well, across the nation. It was Governor William Bradford of New England who proclaimed a day of “thanksgiving” in celebration of the Pilgrim’s first harvest in America and it was president Abraham Lincoln who later designated it as a national holiday in 1863, and president Franklin D. Roosevelt who in 1941 signed a bill that set the fourth Thursday in November as the official holiday.
BUT, today it’s thousands upon thousands who gather within NYC to view the Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. An event which began with the first Macy’s Department Store Christmas Parade in 1924 followed by the Thanksgiving Day Parade the following year and many more after to this day.
The following is last year’s Press Release (2015)
BALLOON GIANTS SOAR
MACY’S FAMED GIANT CHARACTER HELIUM BALLOONS TAKE FLIGHT
FOR THE 89TH ANNUAL MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE®
March Of Magic
The 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®
Ushers In The Season With The Nation’s Favorite Holiday Event, Featuring Giant Character Helium
Balloons, Signature Floats, The Nation’s Finest Marching Bands, Enchanting Performance Groups, Celebrity Appearances And The One-And-Only Santa Claus
New York, NY – November 2, 2015 – America’s favorite holiday tradition will once again kick off the season of joy, as the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® returns to march down the streets of New York City on Thursday, November 26th. As millions celebrate the holiday with family and friends, more than 8,000 participants including clowns, balloon handlers and marching bands will travel through Manhattan to the sound of the iconic catchphrase Let’s Have a Parade™. With more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation’s most celebrated and anticipated holiday treat. Since its origin in 1924, the Macy’s Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season, introducing a cherished march of magic that has dazzled generations of fans. For the 89th edition, the famed spectacle’s line-up will feature 17 giant character balloons; 24 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, and trycaloons; 27 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands; a host of celebrity performers; and of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus.
“The 89th edition of Macy’s famed holiday procession promises to deliver an unrivaled spectacle of magic for millions of spectators lining the streets of New York City and millions more watching it unfold in homes across the nation,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “From our signature giant character balloons to our floats of wonder, not to mention the nation’s best marching bands, whimsical clowns, celebrities and the big man himself – Santa Claus; the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will continue to delight audiences of all ages, as together we celebrate the start of the holiday season.”
Each Thanksgiving morning, Ms. Kule leads the line of march through the streets of Manhattan as a representative of the more than 4,000 Macy’s employee volunteers who have given up their holiday to bring the nation an unmatched holiday spectacle. Ms. Kule, dressed this year by Tony Award® winning designer William Ivey Long, will be joined at the head of the Parade by Roseann Levy, a longtime Macy’s employee celebrating the 60th year of volunteering her time to put together this magical event for the City of New York and the nation.
DRUM ROLL, PLEASE…
Marching bands are a central piece of the Thanksgiving delights, bringing national excitement and hometown pride to the streets of the Big Apple, not to mention the musical beat to the holiday revelry.
Twelve performance ensembles will take up the call of the baton and march down the streets of Manhattan, creating a wave of thunderous applause. Joining the fun are Gulf Coast High School (Naples, FL), Lewis Cass High School (Walton, IN), Munford High School (Munford, TN), Nogales High School (La Puente, CA), North Hardin High School (Radcliff, KY), Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL), University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), Walled Lake Central High School (Walled Lake, MI), West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester, PA) and the NYPD Marching Band (New York, NY).
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Macy’s Great American Marching Band will welcome back a selection of alumni band members, in addition to a new class of more than 250 elite High School marching band students from across the country. Specialty Parade entertainment always promises a unique, exciting, and sometimes humorous look at the nation’s finest performance groups. This year, special groups include the 610 Stompers (New Orleans, LA), Brooklyn Jumbies (Brooklyn, NY), J.U.M.P. jump rope team (Strongsville, OH) and the Kruti Dance Academy (Duluth, GA). Completing the performance groups are the Spirit of America Cheer and the Spirit of America Dance Stars, which both feature 550 of the nation’s best cheerleaders and most thrilling dancers.
Stars of film, television, stage, sports and music will celebrate their holiday with America, providing the nation first-class performances along the way. Joining the festivities this year are Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Mariah Carey, Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, Cirque du Soleil®, Daughtry, Andra Day, Andy Grammer, Sandra Lee, Shawn Mendes, MercyMe, MIPSO, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, Jennifer Nettles, NHL legends Mark and Marty Howe, Jake Owen, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, Rachel Platten, Questlove with the cast & the Muppets of Sesame Street® , Prince Royce, the cast of Broadway’s School of Rock, Trey Songz, Jordin Sparks, Chica and the gang from Sprout and Train.
A TELEVISION SPECIAL EVENT
The nation’s biggest and most anticipated Thanksgiving celebration, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast nationally on NBC, with millions of families nationwide tuning in to watch the excitement unfold. This year, the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie will host the three-hour broadcast from 9:00 AM – 12:00PM ET/PT. Joining the Parade, as a signature element kicking off the holiday season will be the world-famous Radio City Rockettes®. The national broadcast would not be complete without showcasing the best theatrical productions. Set for a 34th Street performance will be Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, The King & I, On Your Feet!, and Something Rotten. In addition, spectators will get a sneak preview performance from NBC’s The Wiz Live!
AN INSIDER’S LOOK
For an insider’s look at the holiday procession, fans nationwide should check macys.com/parade for regular updates including behind the scenes previews, animated videos and other exclusive content. Fans can also download the free 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade app to interact with the holiday tradition, learn more about the elements and share content with friends. The one-stop mobile destination for everything about the Macy’s Parade will be available from the iTunes® App Store or from Google Play.
The 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 9:00AM from 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will march to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square. A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere has been the guiding motto of this annual tradition for more than eight decades and is one which continues to this day. For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495. Follow @macys and join the conversation at #MacysParade on various social networks.