Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade

Photo taken by Brooke Borntrager

Photo taken by Brooke Borntrager


One of the highlights of the fall season right after Halloween is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which has taken place every year in New York City since 1924. Unfortunately since last year was in the middle of the pandemic, there was no in-person attendance and the parade only aired on T.V. However, this year thousands of parade goers are going to be thrilled to be back lining Central Park South and then 34th Street. Tune in this Thursday, November 25, 2021 on Channel 4, NBC, to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade taking place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

While there is in-person attendance, parade officials are still taking COVID precautions by having a mask requirement while watching the parade since it will be very crowded, and a lot of people will be close together. They mentioned there will be some old favorites like Snoopy, Pillsbury Doughboy, Sonic the Hedgehog, and The Smurfs along with some new characters. 

There are six new character balloons being featured this year. According to, organizers are adding Baby Yoda from “The Mandalorian”, scientist Ada Twist from the Netflix show “Ada Twist”, Tiptoe, a reindeer balloon that was in Macy’s holiday campaign this year, Toni the Bandleader Bear, Pikachu and Eevee in a Pokeball-themed sled, and Ronald McDonald who was redesigned to hold a heart. Four new floats are also being added. A peacock float, an alligator float, a waterpark float, and a cruise ship float that was inspired by a new Disney ship ( . There will be 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, and many different performers. 

The marchers are going to travel 2.5 miles starting from 77th Street and Central Park West and ending at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square. Whether you’re going in-person or tuning in on TV, we hope you enjoy the parade and have a Happy Thanksgiving.