All The Details About This Year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Sarah Madaus
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From Town & Country

Tradition is at the helm of Thanksgiving, what with all the legends we're taught about the pilgrims and Native Americans, the turkey (which, does anyone even like?), family gatherings, and, of course, tuning into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the holiday morning, just after you begin dinner preparations. Though much has changed about the way we celebrate Thanksgiving since 1924, the Macy's parade and all of its inflated glory has remained an immutable pillar since its beginnings nearly a century ago. Ahead are all of the must-know details about the celebration to help you plan the ultimate parade-watching experience.

The Basics

The beloved parade is back for its 93rd year on Thursday, November 28 at 9a.m. in New York City. If you don't feel like making the trek, it's broadcasted on NBC with hosts Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, and Savannah Guthrie from 9a.m. until noon.

Location

The parade begins at West 77th St. and Central Park West, and ends at 34th St. Herald Square. The best viewing spots are Central Park West from West 75th to West 59th Streets and 6th Avenue from West 59th to West 38th Streets. In our opinion, the best viewing spot is from the couch, pumpkin pie in hand (yes, for breakfast).

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Notable Balloons

The infamous Snoopy balloon got a makeover this year, and it's, dare we say, out of this world. Astronaut Snoopy is making his debut as the 8th version of the original Schulz character. The Smokey the Bear balloon is back for the first time since 1993, for his 75th anniversary. Other noteworthy balloons include Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, our favorite holiday antagonist; Elf on the Shelf, to prompt parents everywhere to start thinking of ideas; Olaf from Frozen, the cutest animated character; Pillsbury Dough Boy, to remind us about carbohydrates; and Pumpkins, because Macy's needs at least one autumn-themed balloon for the Thanksgiving parade.

Notable Floats

Perhaps the most fun to look at are the intricately detailed Macy's Thanksgiving parade floats. This year, the float on our radar is the Toy House of Marvelous Milestones, presented by New York Life, which is brand new to the parade in 2019. The float uses paper dolls to highlight special milestones celebrated in American culture, like graduation, marriage, retirement, and...Thanksgiving dinner. Some tried-and-true favorite floats are back again this year, like Christmas Cheer is Near, Deck the Halls, Mount Rushmore's American Pride, Snoopy's Doghouse, Tom Turkey, and some personal favorites including the Rocking Flamingo and Rocking Lobster.

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Featured Performances

The featured performances, performers, and marching bands for this year's parade haven't been released yet—check back soon!

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