Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021: Route, New Balloons, Time, tickets, How To Watch Online

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which takes place every year unmuted was muted last year because of the pandemic, it was a TV-only event. Animated crowds did not get the opportunity to line Manhattan’s avenues and thus, no long parade route.

Thanks to the Vaccines, the 2021 edition will return to the more familiar parade of yore. Residents and Visitors will have 2.5 miles of public viewing as balloons, floats, and bands make their way from the Upper West Side to Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square.


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021 Route

This year’s edition will take a more conventional route, starting at West 77th Street and Central Park West but with no or limited public viewing there.

Early birds’ arrival will be around 6 a.m. Thursday on Central Park West from West 75th to West 61st streets. The parade will then make a turn at Columbus Circle with no public viewing at the circle.

Macy’s unveils new giant character balloons for the 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This is Toni, Macy’s very own bandleader bear.
Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images

After a short distance down Central Park South, the parade will move south on 6th Avenue toward Midtown Manhattan.

The parade makes its final turn on 34th street and ends in front of the flagship store and there will be no public viewing here either.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021 New Balloons

The giant balloons which give giant-sized visual thrills will be back with new collections making their debut.

Ada Twist, scientist: From the Netflix series will her balloon debut this year at about the height of a four-story building alongside Tiptoe the Reindeer.


Ada Twist Macys Day Parade Balloon Test Flight. Photo by Brown bag Films


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021 Time

2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm on
Thursday, 25 November.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021 tickets

You do not need a ticket to watch this event.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021 How To Watch Online

If you won’t be available to watch in person,

NBC is the official broadcaster for the parade, and coverage starts at 9 a.m. in all US time zones. They’re also offering streaming on its new Peacock Premium platform. CBS will broadcast the parade from 9 a.m. to noon with live streaming coming on its Paramount Plus Premium platform.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 26: General atmosphere during the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)

You might also get the opportunity to watch if you have live TV streaming platforms such as FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

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