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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marks the start of the holiday season with a beloved spectacle featuring giant helium balloons, floats of wonder, pulse-pounding marching bands, engaging performance groups, celebrity appearances and our special Santa Claus.
- On Nov. 22, 2018, the 92nd annual parade will start at Central Park West and West 77th Street, head down Central Park West and travel east along Central Park South to Sixth Avenue. From there the procession will move south on Sixth Avenue from West 59th Street to West 34th Street, ending in front of the Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square.
More than 8,000 participants, some donning clown costumes, handling balloon giants or striking up the band, set off down the streets of Manhattan at the sound of the time-honored catchphrase “Let’s Have a Parade.”
The parade is expected to get a live audience more than 3.5 million strong and a nationwide television gathering of more than 50 million viewers.
Since November of 1924, the Macy’s Parade has enthralled the nation and become synonymous with the start of the holiday season. For the 92nd edition, the line-up will feature 16 giant character balloons; 43 novelty balloons, heritage balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 12 marching bands.
STARS ON PARADE
The star power along the Parade route and in homes across the country will feature some of the nation’s most exciting performers. Appearing onboard one of Macy’s signature floating stages will be Bad Bunny, Barenaked Ladies, Bazzi, Ally Brooke, Kane Brown, Brynn Cartelli, Jack & Jack, John Legend, Leona Lewis, Ella Mai, Tegan Marie, Martina McBride, Rita Ora, Carly Pearce, Pentatonix, Anika Noni Rose and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Diana Ross with her children and extended family (including Rhonda Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross, Chudney Ross, Ross Naess and Evan Ross with wife Ashlee Simpson-Ross), Sugarland, Ashley Tisdale, Mackenzie Ziegler and Johnny Orlando; with a special appearance by the one-and-only Santa Claus.
Since 1927, the Parade’s signature balloons have featured some of the world’s most beloved characters. Over time, the inflatables have morphed from air-filled characters carried on sticks to high-flying giants, balloonheads and even hybrid inflatables with vehicles inside.
Joining the giant character balloon line-up this year will be the famed Saiyan warrior Goku from “Dragon Ball Super: Broly.”
The elf stars of Netflix’s “The Christmas Chronicles”– Fleck, Bjorn, Jojo and Hugg, will also debut, taking to the skies ahead of the one-and-only Santa Claus. On the ground, the streets of New York City will magically transform into the world’s largest bowling lane for the Go Bowling balloonicles (hybrid balloons and vehicles), as the bowling ball, bowling pins and bowling shoe cars try for strikes or perhaps a turkey, along the Parade route.
Macy’s Blue Sky Gallery series will return to the sky this year for the seventh edition with Little Cloud, the iconic creation of art collaborative FriendsWithYou™. Macy’s Blue Sky Gallery series invites contemporary artists to recreate their work as Parade balloons. Artists Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III will join Little Cloud with a stunning rainbow inflatable and two raindrops in this year’s Parade, creating an artistic expression of joy and love. Past works in the series have included balloons from famed artists Tom Otterness, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, Takashi Murakami, Tim Burton and KAWS.
Rounding out the new inflatable cast will be Sinclair Oil’s Baby Dino balloonicles, Universal Orlando Resort’s™ The Nutcracker and the shining star of Macy’s Christmas celebrations, Sunny the Snowpal.
Returning giant balloon characters include Charlie Brown; Diary of A Wimpy Kid®; Sinclair’s DINO™; The Elf on the Shelf®; Illumination Presents Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch; Jett by Super Wings; Disney Frozen’s Olaf; PAW Patrol®; Pikachu™; Pillsbury Doughboy™; Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger; Ronald McDonald®; SpongeBob SquarePants; Toothless from DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”; and DreamWorks Trolls©. Completing the inflatable lineup is the famed Aflac Duck balloonicle from Aflac, Inc.
Gliding down Manhattan, the Parade’s signature floats will transport spectators to worlds of wonder through creative design and skillful construction. Conceived and crafted by the incredible artisans of Macy’s Parade Studio which include carpenters, engineers, electricians, painters, animators, sculptors, metal fabricators, scenic and costume designers, this year’s line-up of floats sets an unparalleled stage for entertainment. Macy’s Parade floats are often three stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide, but must collapse to no more than 12 ½-feet tall and 8-feet wide in order to travel safely from the New Jersey home of the Parade Studio, to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel each Thanksgiving eve.
This year, four new floats will debut including Elf Pets® by The Elf on the Shelf®, Fantasy Chocolate Factory by Kinder® (Ashley Tisdale), Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nickelodeon (Jack & Jack) and Splashing Safari Adventure by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions (Ella Mai).
The returning float roster and their scheduled performers include 1-2-3 Sesame Street® by Sesame Workshop™ (Anika Noni Rose and the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street); The Aloha Spirit by King’s Hawaiian® (Barenaked Ladies), Big City Cheer! by Spirit of America Productions (Mackenzie Ziegler and Johnny Orlando); Building A Better World by Girl Scouts of the USA (Tegan Marie);The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray® (Sugarland); Deck the Halls by Balsam Hill® (Martina McBride); Discover Adventure! by Build-A-Bear® (John Legend); Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop by Entenmann’s® (Pentatonix); Frozen Fall Fun by Discover®/NHL (Bazzi, and NHL Hockey Hall of Famers Bernie Parent and Mike Richter); Fun House by Krazy Glue®; Harvest in the Valley by Green Giant® (Carly Pearce); Heartwarming Holiday Countdown by Hallmark Channel (Diana Ross); Mount Rushmore’s American Pride by South Dakota Department of Tourism (Kane Brown); On The Roll Again by Homewood Suites by Hilton® (Leona Lewis); Parade Day Mischief by SOUR PATCH KIDS® Candy (Bad Bunny); Santa’s Sleigh (Santa Claus); Shimmer and Shine by Nickelodeon (Ally Brooke); Snoopy’s Doghouse by Peanuts Worldwide; Tom Turkey; and Universal Playground by Universal Kids (Brynn Cartelli).
Returning for a second year is a special float that will commemorate the season through an original holiday song celebrating togetherness and the magic of believing. The Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree by Delta Air Lines will feature the voices of more than 100 Macy’s colleagues and friends from Delta hailing from across the nation and the world.
STRIKE UP THE BAND AND DANCE
Marching bands are a longtime fan favorite element. In 2018, 12 of the nation’s finest marching bands will ignite coast-to-coast excitement and hometown pride as they step off and perform on the streets of the Big Apple. This year’s bands include Cicero-North Syracuse High School Northstars Marching Band (Cicero, New York), Grants Pass High School Marching Band and Color Guard (Grants Pass, Oregon), Homewood Patriot Band (Homewood, Alabama), James Madison University Royal Dukes (Harrisonburg, Virginia), Keller High School Marching Band(Keller, Texas), Lafayette High School Mighty Lion Marching Band (Lafayette, Louisiana), The Ohio State University Marching Band (Columbus, Ohio), Park Vista High School Marching Band (Lake Worth, Florida), Riverside City College Marching Tigers (Riverside, California), Woodland High School Wildcat Marching Band (Cartersville, Georgia), Macy’s Great American Marching Band (United States) and the NYPD Marching Band (New York, NY).
Rounding out the live entertainment are the Parade’s signature large performance groups. Joining the line-up this year are the teen dancers and cheerleaders of Spirit of America Dance Stars and Spirit of America Cheer. These groups together feature more than 1,100 of the very best performers recruited from hometowns nationwide. Days before Thanksgiving, they will gather for the first time in New York City to rehearse their numbers as a group, ahead of their once-in-a-lifetime national spotlight. Adding a little glamour to the dancefloor will be the Fred Astaire Dance Studios, a specialty group made up of 60 ballroom dancers, and bringing wacky fun will be the stars of the Big Apple Circus. Finally, joining select talent performances will be the Manhattan Youth Ballet and Westchester Dance Artists.
A NATIONAL SPECTACLE
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebration. Broadcast nationally on NBC, with millions of families nationwide tuning in to watch the excitement unfold, the TODAY Show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will host the three-hour broadcast from 9 a.m. – noon (in all time zones).
On 34th Street, Broadway’s best shows will take a star turn in front of Macy’s famed flagship with special performances. In addition, the show-stopping Radio City Rockettes® will bring their signature high-kicking magic to Herald Square.
The Macy’s Parade is always a unique multi-level, magical march that provides spectators with different experiences, whether they watch it on television with friends and family or scout the perfect spot on the route to watch it unfold live. For the third year, Macy’s along with NBCUniversal and Verizon will give viewers an up close and personal second screen experience of the Parade with a 360-degree livestream on Verizon’s YouTube page. The stream will go live a 9 a.m. EST at www.youtube.com/verizon and will run through noon EST.
For an insider’s look at the holiday procession, fans nationwide should visit macys.com/parade for regular updates including behind-the-scenes previews, interactive historical information, and more. Fans can also follow @macys on various social networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.