Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2022: Balloon Inflation, NYC Street Closures, Performers, and More

NEW YORK (WABC) — The 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade returns to the streets of New York.

Last year’s celebration returned to pre-pandemic form after 2020’s event was made for television only. This year’s parade will feature thousands of marchers through the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, November 24 starting at 9 a.m.

The show will once again delight New York City viewers and national television audiences with its signature mix of giant helium balloons, fantasy floats, marching bands, performance groups, celebrities, clowns and the only and unique Santa Claus.

Here’s everything you need to know about the parade:

PARADE ITINERARY

The 2022 Thanksgiving Day Parade will depart from Central Park West and 77th Street at 9 a.m. It then turns west and ends at 7th Avenue, across from Macy’s Herald Square.

If you plan to attend the parade in person, please note that there will be no spectators along the following sections of the route:

  • On Central Park West, between 59th Street and 60th Street
  • In the TV area on 6th Avenue, 34th to 38th Streets
  • On 34th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue
  • SAFETY RECALL

    No large backpacks, lawn chairs, umbrellas, large coolers or alcoholic beverages will be allowed. Anyone who sees suspicious activity should alert a police officer or call 911. The NYPD’s counterterrorism hotline is 888-NYC-SAFE.

    BALLOONS AND FLOATS

    This year’s parade will feature 16 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 40 novelty and heirloom inflatables, over 800 clowns, 12 marching bands, 700 clowns, 10 performance bands and, of course, Santa Claus.

    New giant balloons joining the lineup on November 24 include Stuart the one-eyed Minion from “Despicable Me 2,” a new green dinosaur, an Apatosaurus, the debut of the animated sensation “Bluey,” and a new “Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon.” .

    One of the best ways to see balloons is actually the day before when they’re inflated. Last year’s inflation took place on Wednesday afternoon from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The public entrance was at 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue.

    For more details on last year’s inflation, click HERE.

    CELEBRITY PERFORMERS

    Lea Michele and the Broadway cast of “Funny Girl” and the legendary Dionne Warwick headline this year’s celebration.

    Other celebrities expected to attend include Paula Abdul, who is making her parade debut; Fitz and temper tantrums; Big time Rush; “Blue’s Clues & you!” host Josh Dela Cruz; Gloria Estefan with daughter Emily and grandson Sasha; Kirk Franklin; Mario Lopez; Ziggy Marley; and Miss America 2022 Emma Broyles.

    Singers Joss Stone, Jordin Sparks and Betty Who will all be part of the festivities, as will the stars of Peacock’s ‘Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin’ – Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland and Flula Borg. jimmy fallon & The Roots will be on a float celebrating Central Park.

    The NYPD has yet to announce this year’s road closures, but here’s what was closed last year.

    WEDNESDAY ROAD CLOSURES

    At 7 a.m., West 81st Street and West 77th Street, from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue, will be closed to vehicular traffic.

    At 8:00 a.m., West 72nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenues will be closed to vehicular traffic.

    Additional vehicular traffic closures at noon are as follows:

    -Central Park West from West 73rd to West 85th Streets

    -West 74th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues

    -West 75th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues

    -West 76th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues

    -West 77th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues

    -West 78th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues

    – West 80th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues

    – West 81st Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues

    -West 82nd Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues

    -West 83rd Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues

    – West 84th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues

    -West 85th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues

    -Central Park Transverse Road to Central Park West and West 81 St. (in either direction)

    After 10 p.m., West 81st Street and West 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue as well as Central Park West from West 59th Street to West 86th Street will be closed to all traffic. “Broadcast-only vehicles” may park beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the east side of Columbus Avenue from West 77th Street to West 76th Street. All broadcast vehicles must leave Columbus Avenue by 11:30 p.m.

    THURSDAY ROAD CLOSURES

    Parade formation will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the following locations:

    -West 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

    – West 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

    -Central Park West between 77th and 86th Streets West

    The parade will start at 9 a.m. from Central Park West and West 77th Street and will continue on the following route:

    -South on Central Park West to Columbus Circle

    – South via I/S Columbus Circle to West 59th Street

    -East on West 59th Street to 6th Avenue

    – South on 6th Avenue to West 34th Street

    -West on West 34th Street to 7th Avenue (dispersal area)

    The additional closures are as follows:

    -Broadway between West 34th Street and West 41st Street – Midnight to 1 p.m.

    -6th Avenue between West 23rd Street and West 42nd Street – 2 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    -7th Avenue from West 34th Street and West 42nd Street – 2 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    – West 34th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 10 p.m. (Wednesday) to 5 p.m.

    – West 59th Street E/B between 7th Avenue and Central Park West – Midnight to 2 p.m.

    – West 59th Street W/B between 5th Avenue and Central Park West – 2:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    – West 35th Street between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    – West 36th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    – West 37th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    – West 38th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    – West 8th Avenue between 34th Street and 40th Street – 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    -Broadway between 38th Street and 59th Street – 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    – West 33rd Street between 7th Avenue and 10th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    – West 39th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    – West 40th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    – West 49th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    – West 50th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    -Central Park 65th Street / West 66th Street Transverse Roads from 7:00 a.m. until the end

    Attention: From 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. vehicles will not be able to access:

    -6th Avenue between West 33rd and West 59th Street

    -8th Avenue between West 57th Street and West 59th Street

    -8th Avenue between West 33rd and West 40th Streets

    -Broadway between West 59th Street and West 57th Street

    -Broadway between West 34th and West 40th Streets (accompanied deliveries only)

    -West 42nd Street between 5th and 8th Avenue

    -West 57th Street between 5th and 8th Avenue

    (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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