Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a hallowed New York tradition. Find out where to watch the parade with our route map and parade information.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013 Photograph: Filip Wolak


Before America collectively fashions a can holder out of its beer gut and settles in to watch some football, all eyes turn to Manhattan and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, an annual pageant of giant balloons, floats, cheerleaders, clowns, marching bands, Broadway shows and celebs. Sure, it's fun to watch in your PJs, but if you have visitors in town, take them to watch the procession in person. Use our guide to the parade route, this year's balloons and floats (or watch the pre-Thanksgiving ballon inflation), and nearby restaurants, bars and festive attractions to show your guests a world-renowned New York experience.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route map

Where to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


There are three recommended stretches or spots on the route for watching the parade: the first leg along Central Park West, Time Warner Center and, finally, along Sixth Avenue between Central Park South and 38th Street. The section from 38th Street to Herald Square and Macy's department store is the telecast area and closed to the public. While there is limited space for viewing along the south side of 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, the sight lines are seriously compromised by cameras, lights and scaffolding.

Central Park West: Viewing starts at 75th Street (two blocks down from the official start of the parade) and is only open to the public on the west side. Central Park is closed for invite-only grandstand seating. The parade runs along this stretch from 9–10:30am, so early birds who don't mind turning up at 6am to snag a prime spot should flock here.

Time Warner Center: The Shops at Columbus Circle open at 9am on Thanksgiving Day. From the second and third floors of the mall, you'll enjoy an elevated view of the parade streaming down Central Park West. As an added bonus you'll also get to see the Holiday Under the Stars light display. Twofer!

Sixth Avenue: The floats and balloons reach Sixth Avenue at about 9:30am, so arrive at this 21-block portion as late as 7am and you should still find a good spot.

Attractions to see after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center

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  1. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, (between 49th and 50th Sts)
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  1. Broadway, (between 42nd and 47th Sts)
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Restaurants near the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route

Telepan

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Locavores can find a sophisticated farm-to-table spread at Bill Telepan’s Upper West Side favorite.

Price: $95
On the menu: Options for the three-course repast include squash soup with chestnuts and whole wheat croutons; roasted organic turkey with traditional Thanksgiving trimmings, heritage pork with lentils and fingerling potatoes, or wild striped bass with sunchokes and spinach; and hot apple pie with cinnamon-caramel ice cream.

  1. 72 W 69th St, (at Columbus Ave)
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Dovetail

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John Fraser’s ambitious Upper West Side restaurant showcases sophisticated American food.

Price: $98
On the menu: For your three-course meal, choose from a variety of selections, including tuna tartar with grapefruit and seaweed; slow-roasted turkey with leg confit, sweet potato and creamed winter greens; and a pumpkin cheesecake with bourbon pecans and cranberries for dessert.

  1. 103 W 77th St, (at Columbus Ave)
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The Lambs Club

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The dark, wood-paneled dining room and Art Deco grandeur set the stage for a Gatsby-esque mood and Geoffrey Zakarian’s clubby throwback fare.

Price: $85; children 12 and under $35
On the menu: The three-course meal includes options such as heirloom apple salad with licorice herbs; heritage turkey leg confit or red-wine-glazed beef short rib with roasted potatos and braised swiss chard; and a selection of Thanksgiving pastries.

  1. 132 W 44th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves)
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Bars near the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

P.J. Carney’s

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  1. 906 Seventh Ave, (between 57th and 58th Sts), 10019
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Rum House

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  1. 228 W 47th St, (between Seventh and Eighth Aves), 10036
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The Ginger Man

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  1. 11 E 36th St, (between Fifth and Madison Aves), 10016
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Jimmy’s Corner

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  1. 140 W 44th St, (between Sixth Ave and Broadway), 10036
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When is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held on Thanksgiving morning every year. It begins at 9am and finishes three hours later at noon.

  1. Thu Nov 27
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Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation

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See the balloons take shape on Thanksgiving eve at this pre–Turkey Day ritual, held near the American Museum of Natural History.

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  2. Wed Nov 26
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