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Thanksgiving Day Parade Plans

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be back in full swing this year! I couldn’t be more excited, this is my family’s favorite Thanksgiving morning tradition- watching the parade. Memories of Parade mornings on Thanksgiving are so special, they really stick with us through our lives. I want to know what everyone’s favorite part of the Macy’s Parade is! The floats? Performances? Balloons? What are your favorite Thanksgiving morning traditions?

Of course, the parade will be televised on NBC from 9am-noon, but if you’re in the city, I’m here to help with all of your Thanksgiving day plans!

Let’s get to planning!

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


The route itself is still being mapped out by the Macy’s team, to make sure it’s the safest for everyone watching. So once they release it, I will update it here!


My kids are super excited about the balloon lineup this year! Diary of a Whimpy Kid, Spongebob, The Smurfs, giant candy canes and pumpkins and so many more fun characters are being featured this year in the parade! Are there any balloons you look forward to seeing every year? I know I love the cartoon balloons like The Peanuts! They are so nostalgic.


As far as performances go, what we know so far is that The Big Apple Circus will be performing, who my kids love! There’s nothing like the circus when you’re a kid, am I right? Ballet Hispanico will be dancing that morning and Siella could not be more excited! She’s my little ballerina and we absolutely love seeing diverse representation in the parade! We also love how there is a variety of performances. There’s marching bands, dancers, singers, Broadway numbers from Wicked, Six and Moulin Rouge, performances by The Rockettes, the list goes on and on. It’s very nice to see that there are a number of different ways to express yourself in the form of art.


The floats are one of the best parts of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! They are always decked out so well and look like so much fun! There will be some really cute children’s cartoon themed floats featured this year, like Blue’s Clues, as well as some Christmas themed ones! Who else puts their Christmas decor up the day after Thanksgiving? There’s also going to be a cool LEGO float that Ryder is excited to see. It’s a Thanksgiving turkey made out of LEGOs! How cool! Another float we are excited to see is an ice rink that’s not actually made out of ice, but the surface allows for skating!

During the Parade

If you’re looking for something fun to do during the parade, I’ve got a few suggestions! First and most important is breakfast! If you have time to do some prep work the night before the big day for a breakfast your family or friends will love, that will make your morning easier. You can cook together while you watch the parade! Another great idea if you have kids or you yourself are looking for an activity to do, Macy’s has already created some adorable parade themed coloring pages, sudoku, cross words, word searches, and so many more PDF pages that are all ready to be printed and used! Between these activities and the parade, you will not have time to be bored this holiday!


If you want a great view of the parade, you’ll want to check out the Hilton Midtown! They have direct, completely unobsructed views of the parade, which is very hard to come by. And it’s great watching from a hotel window because you get a full overhead view of everything and you don’t have to stand out in the cold! It’s a central location, so you’re near all the midtown fun, like Times Square and there are great restaurants nearby. It’s hard to find a quiet spot in midtown and I’m telling you, this is one of the quietest hotels. You’ll want to scoop up a room quickly, though, because this hotel will get booked fast.

After the Parade

Thanksgiving is a busy day. Whether you’re cooking all day or relaxing and catching up with family, it can get exhausting. If you’re visiting NYC or don’t want to cook for the holiday, there are several restaurants you can have cater your holiday or you can go there to celebrate! You’re gonna wanna grab a reservation quickly because they will fly!

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! 

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