After the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade had to go through some changes during Covid–in 2020 the parade was mostly virtual, the route shortened to only a block, and it was taped ahead of time rather than being aired LIVE–it returned to most of its former glory in 2021 and 2022. This year, thankfully, we can expect the same!
For its 97th anniversary, Macy’s will welcome back its signature mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, marching bands, performance groups, celebrities, clowns, and of course, Santa Claus.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been delighting audiences since its first march in 1924. This year is set to be as spectacular as ever!
When is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
The 97th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place on Thanksgiving Day, November 23 at 8:30 am—extended an extra 30 minutes!
Where is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
The parade starts at West 77th Street & Central Park West and ends at Macy’s Herald Square.
What is the route of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
The parade’s traditional 2.5-mile route, which stretches from the Upper West Side to Midtown, will have certain viewing areas throughout for the best spots to see the parade in person. Macy’s has shared designated viewing areas on their website here. They are:
- The west side of Central Park West from West 75th to West 61st Streets — early risers line up starting at 6 a.m.
- The Parade heads south onto 6th Avenue from Central Park South
- Great views from West 59th to West 38th Streets on 6th Ave.
- Note: there is no public viewing at the end at Macy’s Herald Square.
Who is performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
The season’s biggest stage for entertainment will feature performances and appearances from celebrities, music groups and Broadway stars. Expect appearances from the Big Apple Circus, Cornell Bangrha, MVSA Studios, Spirit of America and The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, Ashley Park from Emily in Paris and more. Not to mention a performance by Cher herself!
How can I watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2023?
The 97th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on NBC-TV and streamed on Peacock, Thursday, November 23, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, in all time zones.
What are the new balloons in this year’s parade?
You can find all of the new balloons for the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade here.
Is the Macy’s Balloon Inflation event on the day before Thanksgiving returning?
You can actually watch all the balloons being prepared the night before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 22 on the Upper West Side, though no further details have been released yet.
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