89th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: What to Expect

It’s almost that time of year again! The 89th Macy’s Thanksgiving day Parade will kick off on Thursday on a 2 1/2-mile march down Manhattan’s streets, with big, outrageous balloons, thousands of volunteers, performances, and more. It’s one of the largest holiday celebrations of the year. The parade has been ongoing since 1924 in the spirit of the holiday season.

This Year’s Lineup


Nothing quite like seing your favorite singers and performers ride along a float through the streets of Manhattan. Performers you can expect to see this year on their respective floats:

  • Jordin Sparks (Girl-Powered Spinning Machine)
  • Train (The Cranberry Cooperative)
  • Trey Songz (Big City Cheer!)
  • Andra Day (On the Roll Again)
  • Shawn Mendes (Treasure Hunt)
  • Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (Witner Wonderland in Central Park)
  • Questlove (1-2-3 Sesame Street)
  • Cast of Broadway Musical School of Rock (It’s All Rock & Roll)
  • Mipso (The Colonel’s Road Trip to NYC)
  • Prince Royce (Big Apple)
  • Rachel Platten (The Enchanting World of Lindt Chocolate)
  • Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell (Big City Cheer!)
  • Mariah Carey (Heartwarming Holiday Countdown)
  • Sofia Carson and Dove Cameron (Discover Adventure!)
  • Andy Grammer (At the Ball Game)
  • Mercyme (Mount Rushmore’s American Pride)
  • Jennifer Nettles (Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations)
  • Jake Owen (Frozen Fall Fun)
  • Panic! At the Disco (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Plain White T’s (A World at Sea)
  • Daughtry (Casa Fresca Cafe)

As always, the Man in Red, Santa will be closing out the parade and bringing everyone much needed holiday cheer.

What More to Expect

Every year, the streets become crowded with NYC residents and tourists from around the world. There is an expected 3.5 million people in attendance for the parade, and anotehr 50 million people will tune into the program on TV. This tradition started from a small group of Macy’s employees in 1924, and continues on today with more than 8,000 volunteers making the magic of the parade come to life.

The Route

The parade will kick off at 77th Street and Central Park West at 9 a.m, turns at Columbus Circle onto Central Park South. The parade will then turn onto 6th Avenue and make its final turn and stops at Macy’s Hearld Square. With 2.5 miles stretching through the streets of Manhattan, there is a place for everyone. Tourists who have decided to view the parade in person can check out a list of hotels that are best for viewing. There is an official visitor center for people visiting NYC for the parade. Also, be sure to follow @Macys for all the parade info you need!