We are so excited to announce that today, Thursday, November 24, 2021, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade officially returns.
Find below the key information to be able to attend the event either in person or via streaming.
Why do you say the parade is officially "coming back"? Wasn't there last year?
Yes, there was a parade last year, but it was without an audience, with a shortened route and also with a much reduced participation of “insiders”.
When and where does the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade take place?
The 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place on Thanksgiving Day, November 25 at 9 a.m. kicking off at West 77th Street & Central Park West and ending at Macy’s Herald Square.
Can you tell me more about the route the parade will take this year?
The parade returns to its original route: it starts in Central Park, west side, and then descends down to Columbus Circle. The parade will then turn left onto 59th Street until it hits 6th Avenue. From here it will descend down 59th Street to 34th Street, where it will conclude in front of Macy’s Herald Square.
I'm in New York: where do you recommend I see the parade from?
There are 2 options to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The first is to take your seat near Central Park, in the early part of the route.
The second is to position yourself on 6th Avenue, between 59th Street and 38th Street.
It is not possible to view the parade in the Columbus Circle area or near the arrival of the parade in front of Macy’s. These areas are dedicated to the press.
But what if I'm not in New York, can I see it on TV?
The 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on NBC-TV, Thursday, November 25, 2021 from 9 a.m. to noon, in all time zones.
Do I have to be vaccinated to see the Parade?
No. Since this is an outdoor event, you are not required to be vaccinated. However, Macy’s has said that everyone participating in the parade (volunteers and staff) will be vaccinated.
Do I have to wear a mask when watching the parade?
It is not mandatory but highly recommended as it is an event with a large crowd. All parade participants (volunteers and staff) will wear a mask.
What happens after the parade?
Once the parade is over, the Christmas season in New York officially begins. The city is already buzzing, lots of lights, colors and sounds.
We can’t wait to show you more in the coming days.
I'm coming to New York in December, what do you recommend I do?
Read our BLOG, there are so many interesting articles.
Also check out our Christmas lights tour: Dyker Heights, D.U.M.B.O. and Hudson Yards, 3 stops to see the most BEAUTIFUL Christmas lights in New York City (not just Manhattan).