The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018 guide

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018 is a beloved NYC tradition, and our guide tells you everything you need to know

Before America gets turnt on turkey and settles in to watch some football, all eyes turn to Manhattan during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018. The annual pageant of giant balloons, floats, cheerleaders, clowns, marching bands, theater and Broadway in New York performances and celebs is one of the best NYC events in November. Sure, it’s fun to watch in your PJs, but there’s nothing like watching the procession in person. Use our guide to examine the parade route and get a sneak peek of this year’s balloons and floats (or watch the pre-Thanksgiving balloon inflation). We’ll also tell you about nearby restaurants open on Thanksgiving as well as bars and festive New York attractions to check out for the full NYC experience. For a guided tour of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, click here.

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When is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Thanksgiving Day, of course! But we'll spell it out for you: Thursday, November 22.

Where is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 77th St and Central Park West and heads down to 34th Street to Macy's Herald Square. Check out the Parade Route!

What time does the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade start?

The parade kicks off promptly at 9am and ends at noon.

Who is performing during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

The list of musical guests and Broadway theater performers—all sandwiched between giant inflatable cartoon characters—are Tony winner and voice of Tiana from Disney's The Princess and the Frog Anika Noni Rose, High School Musical Ashley Tisdale, "The King of Trap" Bad Bunny, rock band Barenaked Ladies, singer-songwriter Bazzi, Brynn Cartelli from NBC's The Voice, bluegrass star Carly Pearce, the legendary Diana Ross and Family, British singer-songwriter Ella Mai, pop duo Jack & Jack, singer-songwriter John Legend, British star Leona Lewis, musicians Mackenzie Ziegler & Johnny Orlando, country icon Martina McBride, acapella sensation Pentatonix, British pop singer Rita Ora, country band Sugarland, country artists Tegan Marie and Kane Brown. For more performers including the marching bands, clowns and more, visit Macys.com.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018

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Comments

12 comments
Allen C

Regarding the Baldwinsville High School Marching Band, the band played well, but I give the coordinator a FAIL for selecting the song "Get Lucky". Maybe it is accurate because high schoolers are sexually active, but to advertise "staying up all night to get some (get lucky)" is in poor taste. There are so many songs out there, really, you had to choose Daft Punk?

dwhidd

Typically I watch the parade with my 10 yr old daughter. We even make a check list of things to watch for each year.  This year just as last year we were disappointed.  Last year is was the inappropriate dancing and outfits by performers.  This year KISS really?  They were scary to me when I was little.  Totally NOT family friendly.  It was also a BIG commercial for Broadway.  We ended up watching the OTHER channel each time an act came on with my daughter begging me to change it.  The Marching bands were NOT even announced unless you were the American Band.  These kids fund raise all year for this and then you invite them only to show Broadway over the kids?  Bad form.  Fix it please.  It was a disappointment for many.  Facebook was a buzz with people that hated it too.  

Vi R

I so agree...I thought I was the only person. Good Grief another song...give us a break already...this junk can go. BRING BACK ALL THE BALLOONS !!!  NOT JUST THE NEW ONES, WHERE IS POPEYE, SNOOPY AND ALL THE OTHERS??  Quit the singing, quit the yakking with the celebs in the audience...and stop with the all the commercials...6 minutes of programming to 3 minutes of commercials???  Come on...bring back the simplistic parade programming... balloons, marching bands, balloons and marching bands.  I am so tired of these songs...please stop already...I want to see the balloons.

Trina P

I thought the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was a parade, not a talk show.

James N

The live parade broadcast on CBS sucks. I don't care for the announcers and who they interview. CBS show more floats and marching bands. My kids want to watch a parade, not people talk.