The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates its 93rd anniversary this November, taking over the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, November 28, 2019, exhilarating the city with its boisterous marching bands, extravagant floats, and giant balloon characters. Every year brings a mix of old and new characters to the parade, and 2019 is no exception, with five new balloons and as many floats set to make their NYC debuts.
Enthusiastic paradegoers know the family fun actually begins the day before as the trademark giant balloons receive their annual helium injections—in fact, it's included in our list of 100 Things to Do With Your Kids in NYC. Check out our in-depth inflation post for an overview of the Wednesday night festivities.
If you're planning to attend the parade with the kids (and millions of others!), read on for the most up-to-date information on the route, best viewing locations, and other highlights. Looking for what time and where to see the Macy's Parade on TV instead? Read on for that, too. You'll find more holiday inspiration in our Thanksgiving Fun Guide.