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Highlights of the 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

November 5, 2018 - by City Guide News Desk
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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to march down the streets of New York City on Thursday, November 22nd. This is the 92nd annual version of the spectacle, with more than 3.5 million spectators and 50 million television viewers nationwide. The Macy's lineup for 2018 is as star-studded as ever, with performances from former Fifth Harmony vocalist Ally Brooke, Tony winner Anika Noni Rose, High School Musical alum Ashley Tisdale, Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies, the immortal Diana Ross, and John Legend, among many others.

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Image: Anthony Quintano/Flickr


Balloons debuting in the 2018 Thanksgiving Day Parade include the elf stars of Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles, Goku from the Dragon Ball anime series, Little Cloud from FriendsWithYou, and Sunny the Snowpal.

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Image: Macy's


*Kickoff 77th Street and Central Park West, 9am

*Turns at Columbus Circle to Central Park South

*Veers south onto Sixth Avenue, from 59th to 38th Streets

*Parade makes its final turn, ending at Macy's Herald Square 


Fans that can't get enough of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade can check out the Macy's Giant Balloon Inflation event on Wed, Nov. 21, from 3 to 10pm. Kids love to see the balloons coming to life. Enter the special inflation areas surrounding the Museum of Natural History beginning at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue.

The televised parade kicks off at 9am and continues through noon. Click here for more information on the parade.

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Image: Anthony Quintano/Flickr


City Guide has the lowdown on the best restaurants in the city to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. Check out our picks, with some great prix fixe deals included.

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