As always, the paradekicks off at 77th St. and Central Park West at 9 AM. The balloons, floats and marching bands head south on CPW to 59th St., and make a dogleg turn east onto Central Park South. That’s the same as always. New this year is that instead of heading south on Seventh Avenue, the parade turns on Sixth Avenue, where the floats, celebrities and marching bands continue marching south until the grandstands and TV cameras around Macy’s, at 34th St. and Herald Square, where the parade ends. If you are attending in person, be in place by 8 a.m. for best viewing spots.
I always took my kids somewhere along Central Park West, which is less crowded than further downtown A bonus is that if you are close to the start of the parade, you might even be able to get home in time to see the last part on TV. Please use NYC subways and busses. Driving in Manhattan is a total nightmare on parade day.
Macy’s has a comprehensive parade website — but fair warning — this website is so complicated that it takes up to a minute to load, depending on your cable, Wi-fi or DSL speed. At least it doesn’t blast the song 76 Trombones parade marching music while it loads, as it did last year. Here’s a partial list of Macy’s world-famous balloons —
- Buzz Lightyear
- Kermit the Frog
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Super Cute Hello Kitty
- Kung Fu Panda
- Ronald McDonald