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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2022 Lineup Is Here!

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2022 Lineup Is Here!

This iconic Thanksgiving tradition kicks off the holidays each year, and it's slated to return to the streets of NYC this year with lots of new balloons and entertainment!

Macy’s announced the return of the world-famous Thanksgiving Day Parade Celebration, set to celebrate its 96th year on Thursday, Nov. 24.

Almost as popular as the parade itself, the annual balloon inflation event will also take place the night before on Wednesday, Nov. 23, on the Upper West Side. Exact time and location to be announced!

When is the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, at 9am. It will air nationwide on NBC and stream on Peacock from 9am to 12pm. 

What is the Thanksgiving parade route?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place in Manhattan, kicking off at 77th Street and Central Park West, then going south along Central Park, ultimately making its way to Macy’s on 34th Street at Herald Square.

Want to see the parade in person? Check out the 2.5 miles of public viewing along the route here. Macy's said it is following all current city and state health and safety regulations. 

What’s new for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2022

Brand-new balloons and floats will be introduced this year at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, including:

New Balloons for the 2022 Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Bluey the lovable pup from the hit series arrives from Australia to explore New York. Measuring in at 52 feet tall, which is as high as a 4-story building, Bluey is sure to make an impression.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid, as the third edition of this balloon makes its parade debut to celebrate the recent release of the 17th book in the series.

New Floats for the 2022 Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Geoffrey's Dazzling Dance Party, celebrating Toys "R" Us. 

  • Pinkfong Baby Shark, celebrating his first swim down the parade route.

  • The Wondership, floating into the Big Apple in a lighter-than-air way, just like a giant loaf of Wonder Bread. More than 900 foam slices of the famous fluffy bread will rise into the sky for parade-goers to see along the way. 

Who is performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year? 

In addition to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade’s signature mix of giant helium balloons, floats, celebrities, clowns and Santa, you can expect to see many musical performances. Plus, Kilgore College Rangerettes, Big Apple Circus, Spirit of America Dance Stars, Spirit of America Cheer and the Sigma Gamma Rho Centennial Step Team will perform.

Musical Performers

Stay tuned! The line-up of musical acts is yet to be announced!

Marching Bands

These marching bands will perform:

  • Benedict College Marching Tiger Band of Distinction

  • Bourbon County H.S. Marching Colonels

  • Carmel H.S. Marching Greyhounds

  • Clovis North Educational Center Bronco Band

  • Delfines Marching Band

  • Macy's Great American Marching Band

  • NYPD Marching Band

  • Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble

  • The Pride of Dakotas Marching Band

  • The Queer Big Apple Corps

  • University of Missouri's Marching Mizzou

  • Vandegrift H.S. Viper Marching Band & Vision Dance Company 

Will the Macy’s Balloon Inflation event take place?

Yes! Parade fans can check out the giant balloons as they get inflated on the Upper West Side on Wednesday, Nov. 23. 

Will grandstand seating be available this year?

No. Limited seating areas are not available to the general public and tickets are not for sale. 


Here at NYMetroParents, we've got everything you need to have a safefun, and festive fall and Halloween season.  Whether it is pumpkin or apple picking, getting lost in a corn maze, making Halloween crafts or finding costumes and decorations, we're here to help. 

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