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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018: Start time, route, street closures

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018: Start time, street closures, list of performers
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: The Olaf from 'Frozen' balloon floats down Central Park West during the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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The 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place in a few days and if you’re going to be in New York City for the holiday, you’re either making plans to get to the best spot to see the annual parade or making sure you avoid navigating the city on Thanksgiving Day.

More than 3.5 million people are expected to attend the 92nd annual parade to watch the larger-than-life balloons, extravagant floats and dazzling performances along the parade route.

Whether you’re planning to attend the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or avoiding the city completely, you probably want to know the parade route and street closures so you can plan accordingly. 

2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade time, route, map

The parade starts at 9 a.m. EST on Thanksgiving Day. It will begin at 77th Street and Central Park West and will end at Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street.

It will get crowded quickly, so if you’re planning to get the best view, you should probably get there a few hours before it begins. 

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Route Map

Click the map to see the interactive hi-res version.

2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade lineup

Aside from the classic balloon characters at the parade such as Charlie Brown and Ronald McDonald, there are a few new balloons that will debut at the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Expect to see Goku from the Dragon Ball anime series, FriendsWithYou’s Little Cloud and elves Fleck, Bjorn Jojo and Hugg from Netflix’s film The Christmas Chronical.

A complete list and fun facts about all the balloons, floats and marching bands featured at the parade can be found on the official Macy’s parade website.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018 performers

Here’s the complete list of performers for this year’s parade. 

Ally Brooke
Anika Noni Rose
Ashley Tisdale
Bad Bunny
Barenaked Ladies
Bazzi
Brynn Cartelli
Carly Pearce
Diana Ross and Family
Ella Mai
Jack & Jack
John Legend
Kane Brown
Leona Lewis
Makenzie Ziegler & Johnny Orlando
Martina McBride
Pentatonix
Rita Ora
Sugarland
Tegan Marie

2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade closures

More than 3.5 million people are expected to be at the parade this year. According to the New York City Police Department and the Department of Transportation, the following streets will be closed.

Formation:

— Columbus Avenue between 81st Street and 77th Street

— Central Park West between 81st Street and 86th Street

— 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

— 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

— 76th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

— 73rd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West

— 71st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

— 68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

— 62nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

Route:

— Central Park West between 81st Street and East Side of Columbus Circle/59th Street

— Columbus Circle between 59th Street and Broadway

— Broadway between 59th Street and 58th Street

— 59th Street between Columbus Circle and 6th Avenue

— 6th Avenue between 59th Street and 34th Street

— 34th Street between 6th Avenue 7th Avenue

Additional street closures:

— Broadway between West 34th Street and West 40th Street – Midnight to 1 p.m.
— 6th Avenue between West 23rd Street and West 42nd Street – 2 a.m. to 1 p.m.
— 7th Avenue from West 34th Street and West 42nd Street – 2 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
— 34th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 10 p.m. (Wed) to 5 p.m.
— 59th Street E/B between 7th Avenue and Central Park West – Midnight to 2 p.m.
— 59th Street W/B between 5th Avenue and Central Park West – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— 35th Street between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.
— 36th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— 37th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— 38th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— 8th Avenue between 34th Street and 40th Street – 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
— Broadway between 38th Street and 59th Street – 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
—33rd Street between 7th Avenue and 10th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
—39th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
—40th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
—49th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
—50th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Central Park 65th Street/66th Street Transverse Roads – 7 a.m. until conclusion

Balloon inflation event

In addition to the street closures for the parade, expect streets near the American Museum of Natural History to be closed for the inflation of the balloons. If you’re looking to get a sneak peek at all the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons, the event is Wednesday, November 21 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST at 77th Street and 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.  

 

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