Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018 Route, Live Streaming and Ticket Sale

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018: Now before Canada and America binge upon Turkey and grab their seats to watch football, all people diverge their attention to the most sought-after Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan 2018.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

People enjoy watching it on TV while relaxing on their couches and wearing pajamas, but watching the event live in person is incomparable. Just read the below “Good to know” facts and guide about this wonderful parade that will help you plan your day accordingly.

Do you know when is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018?

This year the 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will start at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

Do people want to know where can they watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018?

You can find three important places for watching the parade: First being the place in Columbus Circle, Central Park West and then comes Sixth Avenue between Central Park South and 38th Street. The place between Herald Square and Macy’s Department store is the area where the parade will be telecast live and the normal public is not authorized in that section.


In Central Park West, viewing will start at the 75th street which is two blocks away from the parade start site and this place is open for the normal public from the west side.

Central Park is reserved for invites only. The parade will run on this stretch from 9 in the morning until approximately 10:15 a.m. So you won’t be surprised if you see people standing in the queue from 5 in the morning to grab the best spot to view the place.

Next place to view the parade is Columbus Circle: The Shops will open at 9 a.m. at Columbus Circle on Thanksgiving Day 2018. One can enjoy a clear view from the third and fourth floors of the mall. Also, there is an added perk that you will get to see “. Twofer, the Holiday Under the Stars Light Display.”

Finally, the group of giant balloons and parade will reach Sixth Avenue at around 9:30 a.m., so if you want to have a good spot then you must arrive at this 21-block portion as early as 6 a.m.  You will get a great view from here.

People are also in dilemma and wonder that how to buy tickets for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018?

The answer to this question is very simple. Trust me, you don’t have to spend even a single penny on this. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018 is totally a free event at places that I have mentioned above.

I hope this article will help you in planning Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018 live event with your loved ones.

Also Read: Thanksgiving images with Quotes

Thanksgiving parades are the annual parades taking place on the Thanksgiving Day and are presented by most of the departmental stores. A total three hour event is held including parade. Thanksgiving Day is widely celebrated by setting out colourful Thanksgiving parades. Unlike other parades, these parades consist of bands, floats, singers, entertainers march, giant balloons and many more breathtaking items.

2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade has been a tradition of New York since 1924. This parade is held with the combination of more than 1,500 dancers and cheerleaders, nearly 1,000 of clowns, almost 30 parade floats and a dozen of marching bands. In addition to it, there are 8,000 participants in total. This extraordinary parade is one of the popular events in New York City.

First Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The first Thanksgiving Day Parade was set out 94 years back in 1924. Instead of balloons and cute stuffs, it was set out with real tigers, elephants, camels, donkeys and many more animals from the Central Zoo. The parade was set out for entertaining purpose, but, instead of that, it scared many children watching it.

Macy’s 2016 Lineup

The 2016 line up was star stunned as ever. The big famed celebrities came to the festival namely:

Regina Spektor
Fitz and the tantrums
Jacob Whitesides
Chloe X Halle
Jez Legend
Tony Bennett
Sarah McLachlan
Grace Vanderwaal
Timeflies Ben Rector
De La Soul

Not only these, the cast and Muppets of “Sesame street”, Aloe Blacc, Christopher Jackson from “Hamilton” and country singers like Kelsea Ballerini, Maddie and Tae and Brett Eldredge also showed up.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Route 2018

The parade begins at 77th street and Central Park West at 9 AM sharp. At Columbus Circle, the parade then turns to East onto Central Park South instead of going down Broadway. When the parade reaches 6th Avenue, the parade turns south to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the parade heads towards west to Macy’s Herald Square and halt at 34th Street and Seventh Avenue around noon.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts from 9 AM to 12 PM.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

Balloons are the vital elements of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The first ever balloon launched in the parade was the “cat” in 1927. The balloon handlers are not tied to the balloons. They can let go at anytime they wish to.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Live Streaming

The thanksgiving parade is worth watching live. You can switch the channel to NBC. NBC is the official broadcaster of the event. CBS also broadcast the event live. Not only this NBC live app and website and CBS All Access app, gives you a chance to see full parade on your mobile phones or computers.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Tickets

For watching Thanksgiving Day parade, there is no ticket available to the general public for seating as such. A selected numbers of seats are available for charitable organisations for the purpose of auctioning at telethons.

abc Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 6ABC Thanksgiving Day parade is actually known to be 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day parade. It is held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This parade is sponsored and aired by ABC owned and operated television station WPVI-TV. It is in co-sponsorship with restaurant chain Dunkin’ Donuts. Formerly known as the “6abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day parade”, it is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States.

Chicago Mcdonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

The annual parade produced and presented by the Chicago festival association (CFA) is the “McDonald’s Thanksgiving parade”. It is held on every Thanksgiving morning from 8 AM to 11 AM CST on State Street in Downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Houston Thanksgiving Day parade started in 1949. It began when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley. Since then, the Thanksgiving Day Parade has been facing few changes. It showcases the Houston community and keep on entertaining with amusement the parade-goers lining the streets in the morning of Thanksgiving Day.

The parade is located in downtown Houston. It is free for the citizen. The H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade is produced by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events and Parade Producer.

Thanks for taking out time to read this beautiful piece of information. Wishing all my readers an Awesome and Happy Thanksgiving Day.

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