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The 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Kicks Off the Holiday Season

November 17, 2014 - by City Guide News Desk
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A global icon of the holiday season returns to bring the nation another year of enchantment, as the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marches down the streets of New York City. On Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 9am, the dazzling spectacle begins! Stepping off with its signature giant helium character balloons, fantasy-filled floats, marching bands, performance groups and a gaggle of clowns, America’s Parade promises non-stop pomp and pageantry for spectators young and old.


The nation’s most beloved Parade will feature a host of new balloons, floats and special performances that will thrill millions of spectators. As the Parade marches on, fans will enjoy seeing returning giant balloons including Hello Kitty, Papa Smurf, Snoopy and Woodstock, and The Elf on the Shelf.

Rolling down the center line, the famed spectacular’s magical floating stages will transport viewers to worlds of whimsy and delight. For the 88th march, floating wonders include the Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish on Parade, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Domino Sugar’s  Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations, Delta’s Winter Wonderland in Central Park, Tom Turkey, the Smurf Mushroom Float, 1-2-3 Sesame Street Workshop; and of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus on his magnificent high-flying sleigh.

Santa Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 2014 Parade route will continue to see the march kick off from 77th Street and Central Park West. The Parade will then march down to Columbus Circle, where it will turn onto Central Park South, before making its way straight down midtown Manhattan on 6th Avenue from 59th to 34th Streets. The Parade concludes with its final turn onto 34th Street in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

Long an open secret for many New Yorkers, the Parade’s big balloon inflation night has grown to become a grand event attracting more than one million visitors. The revelry begins on Wednesday, November 26 at 3pm when the entrance to Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue opens to the public. From there spectators will get an up close peek at the balloon giants as they are inflated in preparation for the big day.  The inflation area is open to the public until 10pm.

For more information, visit or call the Macy’s Parade hotline at 212-494-4495.

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