Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2022: What to Expect

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About three million spectators are expected to line the parade route to watch in person, organizers say, as the balloons, floats and marching bands make their way from the Upper West Side to Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square.

This year’s event will feature 16 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 12 marching bands, a variety of music stars and more. Plus 700 clowns and Santa Claus.

Spectators attending the big event can watch the balloons being inflated on Wednesday afternoon, November 23 on the Upper West Side. The preparations are open to the public from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The site is only accessible from West 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue.

The parade is scheduled to begin on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, at 8:45 a.m. ET, with televised coverage from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

parade route

In 2022 there will be 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of public viewing along the route.

The parade begins at West 77th Street and Central Park West, but there is very limited public viewing. The procession heads south along Central Park West.

Great views along Central Park West from West 75th to West 61st. The parade turns at Columbus Circle into Central Park South, where there is no public viewing. She turns south again on 6th Avenue.

There is another best-view route along 6th Avenue from West 59th to West 38th Street.

Restricted routes to avoid are along 6th Avenue between West 34th and West 38th Streets and on West 34th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Access there is restricted by nationwide television broadcasting.

A "Greg's diary" Ballon makes a test flight on November 05, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

A Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon makes a test flight on November 05, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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weather forecast

New York City should experience a low of around 40°F and a high of around 50°C on Thanksgiving. Sunny skies and light winds should prevail for the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons to fly high.

watching on tv

Most spectators will watch the parade on TV. NBC is the official broadcaster of the parade and will be broadcast from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in all time zones. It will also stream on Peacock.

Lea Michele and the cast of Broadway’s Funny Girl will do an opening number with other Broadway appearances from shows like Some Like It Hot and The Lion King.

balloons

This year, four new giant balloons will float along the parade route.

Pup Bluey – who will be the size of a four-story building – arrives from Australia, and Sinclair Oil’s giant green Apatosaurus is back with a new baby dinosaur friend.

There’s a new edition of Greg Heffley’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid. And Stuart the Minion will hover over the track in an imposing form – as tall as a three-story building and as wide as six cabs.

swims

Baby Shark and his family will make their parade debut in 2022.

Baby Shark and his family will make their parade debut in 2022.

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Five new cars will make their parade debut this year, including Baby Shark and his family. Mama Shark, Papa Shark, Oma Shark and Grandpa Shark take the lead on a float while Baby Shark follows in the shape of a balloon.

A float inspired by the adventure film “Slumberland” will also debut at the parade. Visit the Macy’s website for more information on the new and returning carts.

artists and brass bands

Dozens of stars will be performing at this year’s Thanksgiving Day event, including singer/songwriter Jordin Sparks, soul singer Joss Stone, jazz artist Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, reggae artist Ziggy Marley and more.

A dozen marching bands will participate in the parade this year, coming from cities across the country from Fresno, California to Columbia, South Carolina, with one band coming all the way from Xalapa, Mexico.

other things to know

The parade will result in rolling roadblocks and heavy traffic. Local transport is encouraged.

“Anyone who sees suspicious activity should alert a police officer or call 911,” the NYPD said in a media release. The department’s terror hotline is 888-NYC-SAFE.

Macy’s parade organizers said they worked closely with city and state officials to create a plan that would ensure the “health and safety of all participants.”

Beach chairs, umbrellas, large backpacks, large coolers and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

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