Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and 2018 Balloon Inflation Event: What You Need to Know

adminNovember 20, 2018




SIDEWALK OF THE WEST, Manhattan (WABC) –

The 92nd edition of the iconic Christmas event marks the beginning of the season with its gigantic characters, floats, bands from all over the country, groups of whimsical performances, the most important stars of music and the only Santa Claus.

Since November 1924, the Macy's parade has become synonymous with the start of the holidays.

For the 92 edition, the alignment will have 16 giant character balloons; 43 novelty balloons, patrimonial globes, balloonicles, balloon heads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 12 music bands.

More than 3.5 million viewers will line the streets to watch the event with millions more viewers on television and broadcast devices.

Freezing temperatures are expected for this year's parade with a high forecast of 27, which would make it the coldest Thanksgiving Day in more than a century.

Parade staff and city officials will closely monitor not only the forecast, but also the live weather conditions and wind speeds along the parade route.

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Four new floats will be released, including Elf Pets from The Elf on the Shelf, Fantasy Chocolate Factory from Kinder (Ashley Tisdale), Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Nickelodeon (Jack & Jack) and Splashing Safari Adventure from Kalahari Resorts and Conventions ( Ella Mai).

We saw a preview of those new floats earlier this month.

The distinctive balloons of The Parade have presented some of the most beloved characters in the world. Joining the giant character balloon lineup this year will be the famous Saiyan Goku warrior from "Dragon Ball Super: Broly".

Spectators can witness the balloon inflation event that begins at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at 77th and 81st streets between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. The event continues until 8:00 p.m.

The only public entrance is at 73rd and Columbus Avenue. You can download a printable walking map from the balloon inflation area here.

Here is the lineup of balloons this year:

CHARLIE BROWN
DAILY OF A WIMPY KID
DINO DE SINCLAIR
THE ELF IN THE SHELF
SUPER DRAGON BALL: BROLY & # 39; S GOKU
THE LIGHTING PRESENTS THE DR. SEUSS & # 39; THE GRINCH
JETT BY SUPER WINGS
OLAF
PATTERN OF THE PATA
PIKACHU
PILLSBURY DOUGHBOY
RED MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGER
RONALD McDONALD
SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS
NO TEETH (HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON)
FLECK, BJORN, JOJO AND HUGG ("THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES" OF NETFLIX)
SMALL CLOUD
THE NUTCRACKER
SUNNY THE SNOWPAL
Baby dinos
GO TO THE BOLOS
THE AFLAC DUCK
ARRIVING, THE PIRATE
PILGRIM MAN & WOMAN BALLOONHEADS MAMA
PAPA & BABY BALLOONHEADS
AMERICAN SPHERES
BULLDOG
TOUGH GUY
NUTCRACKER
KING OF THE MOUSE

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WHICH STREETS WILL BE CLOSED

Manhattan: at the discretion of the New York police
Training:
Columbus Avenue between 81st Street and 77th Street
Central Park West between 81st Street and 86th Street
81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
76th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
73rd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
71st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
62nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

Route:
Central Park West between 81st Street and East Side of Columbus Circle / 59th Street
Columbus Circle between 59th Street and Broadway

Broadway between 59th Street and 58th Street
59th Street between Columbus Circle and 6th Avenue
6th Avenue between 59th Street and 34th Street
34th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue

Dispersion:
33rd street between avenues 6 and 8
34th Street between 7h Avenue and 8th Avenue
34th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue
Calle 35 between avenues 6 and 8
36th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue
37th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue
38th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue
39th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue
40th Street between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue
7th Avenue between 33rd Street and 40th Street
Broadway between 45th Street and 34th Street

Diverse:
40th Street between 7th Avenue and 6th Avenue
39th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue
38th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue
37th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue
36th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue
6th Avenue between 34th Street and 33rd Street
8th Avenue between 40th Street and 33rd Street

Previous streets will be closed for the Parade as allowed by NYPD
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PHOTOS OF MACY 2017 THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

More information available at www.macys.com/social/parade

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