Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2022: Time, route, lineup and info
The holiday season is set to kick off Thursday 24 November at 9 am with the 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Here’s who’s performing and how to watch.
Thanksgiving is here and there is no better way to kick off the holiday season than enjoying the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 96th edition will get going at 9 am ET on Thursday 24 November in New York City.
The parade will have four new giant character balloons among the 27 that will pass above the parade route. Viewers along the route and on TV will also be treat to the customary elaborate floats, 31 in total in 2022, along with 12 marching bands and a plethora of clowns. And just like every year there will be loads of entertainment from 10 performance groups and 24 major stars in the parade including Mariah Carey singing her holiday classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” getting everyone ready for Santa’s arrival at Macy’s.
Whether you plan to be there in person or watch on TV we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade…
How to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
As usual the event will take place on Thanksgiving Day, 24 November, and will be available to watch live across the country.
The live broadcast will be available on NBC and Telemundo which will be aired from 9am–12pm in all time zones in the United States. If your cable provider offers the service, you can also catch NBC’s coverage on the NBC website or NBC app. The network will also air the whole parade again from 2pm Eastern Time on 24 November, for anyone who misses the live broadcast.
The show will also be available in Spanish, with a simulcast from Telemundo at the same times. Streaming service Peacock will also be showing the whole Thanksgiving Day Parade live.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade route and street closures
The parade will begin from West 77th Street and Central Park West at around 9am, but you will be able to set up chairs from 6am to ensure that you get the best spots. This is usually the best place to get a good view of the parade.
From here the parade will move towards Columbus Circle, before turning onto Central Park South. Bear in mind that there is no viewing access for this section of the route.
The parade then heads down West 59th Street, before moving south to West 38th Street. This section has some of the best viewing spots before the parade reaches the final stretch towards West 34th Street and the final destination of Macy’s Herald Square.
A statement from the NYPD warns: “Heavy traffic conditions are expected, and there will be rolling street closures in Manhattan, so mass transit is strongly encouraged.”
From 7am onwards sections of West 81st Street and West 77th Street will be closed to vehicles and numerous roads will be closed through the day. For a full list of road closures and traffic alerts related to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, check out the city’s traffic advisory notice.