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86th Annual Macy's 2012 Thanksgiving Day ParadeTM
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

This year's parade takes place on Thursday, November 22 from 9 am-12 pm, once again showcasing a world-famous cast of characters featured in fabulous floats and giant signature balloons.

GIANT BALLOON INFLATION

See the balloons being inflated on Wednesday, November 21 starting at approximately 3 pm (until 10 pm) on both sides of the American Museum of Natural History, 77th Street and 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Bring your family out to see floating stars come to life!

PATH OF THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

The parade starts at 77th Street and Central Park West, turns at Columbus Circle onto Central Park South, veers south onto 6th Avenue and marches from 59th Street to 34th Street, and ends in front of Macy's Herald Square (34th Street and 7th Avenue).

VIEWING

To ensure a good viewing location, get there early. People arrive as early as 6:00 am.

Parade Start: 9 am
Parade End: 12 pm

Recommended public viewing locations are Central Park West, Central Park South & 6th Avenue.

Avoid watching from 6th Avenue between 34th & 38th Streets & Macy's Herald Square (the national television broadcast limits viewing here).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

• THERE ARE NO TICKETS SOLD.
• Holiday parking rules will be in effect (learn more about parking and driving restrictions below).
• Wednesday, November 21, is a gridlock alert day; use public transportation. Learn about commuting options.
• Leave folding chairs at home and dress in layers.

THANKSGIVING DAY HOLIDAY CLOSINGS INFORMATION

• All Federal, New York State, and New York City Agency offices are closed.
• All NYC public schools are closed.
• There is no mail delivery, and post offices are closed.
Alternate Side Parking regulations are suspended Thursday, November 22 for Thanksgiving Day. Because Thanksgiving Day is a major legal holiday, parking meter regulations are also suspended. On major legal holidays, stopping, standing, and parking are permitted, except in areas where stopping, standing, and parking rules are in effect seven days a week (for example, "No Standing Anytime").
• There is no garbage collection or recycling pickup in New York City, and there will be no street cleaning.
Learn about related street closure.


THANKSGIVING DAY HOLIDAY TRANSPORTATION SERVICE

• New York City subways and buses will be on a holiday (Sunday service) schedule.
Staten Island Ferry will operate on a Holiday schedule. Service will be provided every 30 minutes from 7 am to 11 pm. Hourly service will then resume.
• The Long Island Rail Road will be on a Holiday schedule.
PATH will be on a Saturday schedule..
Metro-North Railroad will operate on a Holiday schedule.




RESOURCES


ArrowHoliday Closings Information

ArrowLearn about related street closures

ArrowVisit DOT's weekly street closure page

Arrow2012 Holiday Season Gridlock Alert Days

ArrowLearn about Commuting Options

ArrowHoliday Volunteering


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