Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013

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Nov 28, 2013
to 12:00pm Official Site


From giant characters helium balloons including Paul Frank’s iconic monkey Julius and Sonic the Hedgehog, to out-of–this world floats including ZHU-NIVERSE! and Frozen Fall Fun, the magic begins at the sound of Let’s Have A Parade! This iconic phrase has catapulted gaggles of clowns, exciting performance groups, pulse-pounding marching bands, celebrities and the one-and-only Santa Claus down the streets of Manhattan for 87 years of unrivaled wonder.


- A new Snoopy balloon with his pal Woodstock made an appearance, marking the seventh version since the parade began.

- Toothless, the star of Dreamworks' "How to Train Your Dragon" joined the incredible lineup of giant helium-filled balloons.

- SeaWorld’s “A Sea of Surprises” float made its debut.

- The Minions of "Despicable Me 2" could be found aboard a 33-foot long bake shop-themed float featuring 3-1/2 foot tall cupcakes.

- A 47-foot hot air balloon honoring the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz darned the parade route along with Dorothy and other characters from the classic film.


The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will step-off at 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will travel down to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down a new path via 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square. This incredible cavalcade will make its way down 6th Avenue, a broader, more accessible path that marks only the seventh time the Parade has changed its route.

The parade will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and end at noon.  A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere, the motto of the Macy’s parade has stood for 86 years and will continue to usher in the season of joy for years to come.

More information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is available to the general public at or via the Parade Hotline at (212) 494-4495 

To view the balloons being filled with helium click here
To find a hotel near the parade route click here

[This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.  Check back soon!]

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Parade route
Checked a few websites (including this one), and neither one got the details of the parade route right?????
Jack J.
November 28, 2013, 11:56.38 am ET

I'm so excited for Ariana grande & Austin mahone! I've met Austin & he's perffff )3 lives right next to me in Miami!
November 28, 2013, 11:12.28 am ET

Happy Turkey Day
So excited to see Cher Lloyd and Austin Mahone!!
November 28, 2013, 9:18.12 am ET

I WANT TO SEE iSABELLE and ALYSON from Tarpon springs, Florida. Am in distant MAURITIUS, MICHAEL
November 28, 2013, 1:42.51 am ET

November 26, 2013, 3:31.20 pm ET

Happy Thanksgiving
Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everyone
Logan Blubaugh
November 26, 2013, 12:32.58 pm ET

I Hope ..
I hope i go to the parade and if i do i hope i get to met Ariana Grande , she is my idol !♥
Paola Rubi Celi
November 25, 2013, 11:09.50 pm ET

You're Never Too Old!
As a girl of eighteen years old, I've never, ever watched the entire parade start to finish. I live on my own now with my boyfriend and this year, I've taken a vow and I WILL wake up super early and tune it just to watch the entire thing. The marching band and performers will and have always been my favorite.
Abby Ryan
November 24, 2013, 9:05.40 pm ET

This is the one event above all, that makes me miss NYC. We watched on TV every year when I was growing up in NJ, and even talked our parents into taking us in 'real life' a couple of times. Now I live in England, where parades are a damp squib next to anything a small town delivers in the USA. :/ I hope I can find it somewhere online this year. It just happens that my eldest child's birthday is the same day. Something extra to be thankful for :)
November 24, 2013, 8:54.46 am ET

bucket list checked
I have watched the parade every year since a little girl, always making breakfast and waking my children demanding they watch. I have always dreamed of nyc for the holiday lights. This year I get to experience and check of a bucket list wish, I will be with my daughter and cheerleaders as they perform in the parade. This is a once in a lifetime dream come true!!!! Super excited to stay in nyc for the week. Thank you thank you jesus!!!
Holly A. Kilpatrick
November 21, 2013, 9:42.32 pm ET

Alone for Thanksgiving
My daughter and I will be taking a bus leaving Baltimore at 5:30 am Thanksgiving morning, my mom died 2009 and this first year in my life everyone has gone their own way and we chose to fulfill a bucket list wish and come to new York to see the parade. Ive watched it every year since I was big enough to know what tv was and now I will see it in person, anyone with advice to make it the best day possible for my daughter on a budget please feel free to email me @
Mary E. Banos-Dunlap
November 18, 2013, 1:51.31 pm ET

My name is William T Bix, I have a dream and I would like to see how I can film a movie and make you lots of $$$ ..... Please have someone call me...thanks
November 17, 2013, 1:17.18 am ET

I Wish...
I have never seen the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade. Not even on TV. I have read many articles and seen many pictures. I live in the small town of Kaufman Texas and I wish to some day travel to New York to visit and to witness the parade for my own eyes.
Kaylee Powers
November 12, 2013, 1:10.41 pm ET

I love watching the Macy's Day Parade I get so excited just like if I where a kid again...
Crystal C. Raleigh, NC
November 6, 2013, 3:32.11 pm ET

Thanksgiving days
Thanksgiving Parades Nov 28, 2013 9:00am to 12:00pm Official Site
Matthew Stanworth
November 3, 2013, 10:11.00 am ET

What celebrities are booked to appear in the parade?
November 1, 2013, 7:18.34 pm ET

How can I get a 90 year old friend a ticket for the parade. She would love to see it up close. Has been supporting the parade for 20 years. rl9
dennis rl9
October 17, 2013, 11:35.12 am ET

So excited my son is going to be in the parade!
We can't wait to come into the city to see my 8 year old son on one of the floats this year! We will all be cheering him on from the sidelines! Good luck, buddy, we are so proud of you!
October 13, 2013, 8:40.32 pm ET

Performers at Parade
If it has not been set 100%. I would highly and strongly suggest that you see if you can get Katie Herzig to perform "Little Bit Of Love" She's not a huge artist, but the song has enough of a holiday lean to it that it could become a classic and all thanks to Macy's!!! Song is currently used in a commercial, but the song is much bigger than that and deserves the biggest stage there is, NYC, Macy's, & the Thanksgiving Day Parade. What more could you ask? This is a can't miss. Promise.
Cleveland Glover Jr.
October 4, 2013, 6:21.53 pm ET

A Transformer BAlloon
My Son is going this year with us to see the parade for the first time. He is attached to OPtimus Prime. I had a transformer come for his bday party. Is there anyway you can get a OPtimmus Prime Balloon that day it would mean the world to wake up and see a big robot in the sky. Hes only 4. WE are staying at the MIlenuim broadway hotel
Janeen D'Angelo
September 26, 2013, 11:34.03 pm ET

Hotel Help Please...
Can someone please give me a list of some hotels that are within walking distances of the parade route? Thank You !!!
Tammy From Ohio
September 26, 2013, 12:09.36 pm ET

Mario or Luigi?
I have been a big fan of the Nintendo franchises and I've always wanted to see Mario or Luigi appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving parade since then. This year, Luigi will be more likely to appear in the parade, as 2013 is also known by Nintendo fans as the Year of Luigi. But who will appear? Will it be Mario, Luigi, both, or neither. Pikachu and Sonic appeared in the parades, so Mario and Luigi deserve a chance.
Ian Settlemyer
September 25, 2013, 4:26.34 pm ET

Sight for the Ages
I have watched the parade annually for years and a few years ago my Mom (82) espressed interest in being able to see it live. Are there certain parade spots that are more condusive to the elderly? Can you recommend a hotel that is reasonabble and in close proximity or any tips that would help me make this trip an enjoyable and memorable one for her.
Bernadette, Virginia
September 12, 2013, 9:03.37 am ET

Can't Wait To See The Parade!
Coming to the city in November. So excited!
August 22, 2013, 11:13.44 am ET

One of your parade floats
Will Wreck-It Ralph and Fix-It Felix be in one of your parade floats?
August 20, 2013, 3:40.39 pm ET

how to get in was in 2009-2011
how to get back in parade
Susan Baptiste
August 7, 2013, 10:33.23 am ET

Famous people!
What famous people will be in the parade
August 5, 2013, 12:54.25 am ET

Hello greetings from Honduras Central America somo an organization of bands in Honduras and direct a TV show, the reason for this is to contact them to get information to our organization World Band can take a band to the parade in 2014 and a delegation of the press to parade of 2013. thanks
July 30, 2013, 1:11.06 pm ET

NJROTC Color Guard
Hello i am Cadet Petty Officer 2nd Class Julian Barry commander of the color guard team in Crystal River High School's NJROTC unit. I am contacting you because i hope for the opportunity to present the colors throughout your parade. We mainly do local events but recently we have presented the colors at a professional NASL soccer game for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. But our main goal is to do a color guard at your parade. Please contact me at thank you and have a wonderful day.
Julian Barry
May 5, 2013, 11:42.49 pm ET

Good Value Hotel
Hi, I've been to NYC a few times and have mainly stayed at the Pod Hotel on 51st Street which is great value. Some rooms have shared bathrooms but I have never had a problem with availability and its a clean, compact place to stay in a great location. They have opened a new hotel on 31st which I've not stayed at. I'm timing my trip this year to coincide with seeing the parade and Christmas tree at Rockerfeller Centre. Check out their website on Enjoy the parade,
Nicola, Dorset, UK
April 21, 2013, 7:58.17 am ET

Any Tips
I look forward to watching the parade every year. This year, my 40th birthday is on Thanksgiving, so I'm determined to take my daughter to NYC to see it in person. Like Sheila, I'm on a budget, I'm a single mom with an average job. I'd like any tips on descent hotels that aren't outrageous. It doesn't have to be on the route, but a reasonable walk away and where will some good spots be and how soon do we need to get ourselves planted?
Becky in Minnesota
March 17, 2013, 12:52.13 pm ET

People should help keep the prices of hotel rooms
I am trying my best to plan a trip for our family of 8 to the parade and when I have checked with AAA and another travel agent I was so MADat how much more the hotels raise their prices !!!!! I am just an average working mom trying to share a new American tradition with my family and the hotel owners make it practically impossibe !! Can't someone in New York talk to these owners and see if they could make a fair profit without sticking it to us !!!!
Sheila in Indiana
February 8, 2013, 7:24.01 pm ET

Marriage Proposal
My 50th B-day will be Nov. 29 and my family will be coming to NYC and will be attending the parade. We made this trip 10 years ago on my 40th B-day with our 3 children, but now our family has grown and we have grand children that we are bringing to see the parade. My son has been in a custody battle all year and was awarded full custody of his beautiful daughter and he is wanting to propose to his girlfriend while we are there. Is there any way to incorporate a public proposal with the parade
Liz Burke -
February 3, 2013, 7:24.29 pm ET

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