Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 20, 2012 in Best of Both, Family Fun, Holiday, Thanksgiving, traditions by MyBestofBothWorlds

On Thursday, November 22, the 86th annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade will take over Manhattan!! Will you be there?? We will unless it pouring, but as of now the weather looks clear.  I began taking my girls on the Thanksgiving following 9/11.  I remember with clarity that I felt it was super important to carry on with our very American holiday of Thanksgiving and what better way to celebrate, be thankful and show our American pride.  We’ve since had the pleasure of seeing it several times more over the years.  Two years ago we even booked a hotel in Manhattan got there on Wednesday after school to watch the balloons being inflated, it was really crowded but lots of fun too.

The Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade with marching bands, awesome extravagant floats and massive balloons of Hello Kitty, Buzz Lightyear, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Spider-Man,  and other beloved kids’ characters.  Trust me this parade is a real crowd-pleasing spectacle that features 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers; 900 clowns; 16 giant character helium balloons; 40 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonheads and balloonicles; 12 marching bands; 28 floats; and a host of celebrity performers.

The parade will kick off early at 9:00 am Thursday at 77th and Central Park West as usual. It will head down along CPW to Columbus Circle, before making a left and heading along Central Park South to 6th Avenue. Once at 6th Avenue, the parade will continue south until 34th Street, where it will make a right and head to Macy’s at Herald Square.

Following is the list of 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade entries (all talent, performances, line-up and information is subject to change).

• Buzz Lightyear
• Charlie Brown
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid
• The Elf on the Shelf
• Hello Kitty
• Julius
• Kermit the Frog
• Kung Fu Panda
• Papa Smurf
• Pikachu
• Pillsbury Doughboy
• Ronald McDonald
• Sailor Mickey
• Sonic the Hedgehog
• Spider-Man
• SpongeBob SquarePants
• The parade also boasts 40 novelty/ornament balloons and balloonicles, ranging in size from 12 to 25 feet tall.

• Banda Musical Delfines, Veracruz, Mexico
• Father Ryan High School, Nashville, TN
• Kenton Ridge High School, Springfield, OH
• Macy’s Great American Marching Band, United States
• Niceville High School, Niceville, FL
• North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC
• NYPD Marching Band, New York, NY
• Oak Ridge High School, Conroe, TX
• Saratoga High School, Saratoga, CA
• United States Air Force Band & Honor Guard, Washington, DC
• University of Louisiana Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
• Wyoming All-State Marching Band, Wyoming

• 1-2-3 Sesame Street
• Big Apple
• Bridge To The Future
• Daytime, Play Time, Night Time Too…
• Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure
• Elves Raise the Roof
• Gift of Freedom
• Goldfish on Parade
• Home Baked Goodness
• International Cele-bear-ation Clock Tower
• Jolly Polly Pirate Ship
• Marion-Carole Showboat
• Mount Rushmore’s American Pride
• Music is Our Life
• On the Roll Again
• Pep Rally
• Santa’s Sleigh
• 75 Years of March Madness
• The Smurfs
• Snoopy’s Doghouse
• Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
• Tom Turkey
• True Spirit of Thanksgiving
• Uncle Sam’s Top Hat
• Winter Wonderland In Central Park
• Woodland Family Gathering
• Zhu-niverse

• Fred Hill Briefcase Drill Team, Plymouth, MI
• Heartland Hoedowners, Elkhorn, NE
• The King Charles Unicycle Troupe, Bronx, NY
• Spangles Dance Company, New York, NY
• Spirit of America Dance, United States
• The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, Oakland, CA
• Stagedoor Manor, United States
• Texas State University Strutters, San Marcos, TX
• Varsity Spirit Cheer, United States
• The parade also features 900 clowns.

• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
• Trace Adkins
• Big Apple Circus
• Chica and the gang from Sprout
• Colbie Caillat
• Rachel Crow
• Thirza Defoe
• Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
• Flo Rida
• Whoopi Goldberg
• Chris Isaak
• Carly Rae Jepsen
• Karmin
• Kidz Bop
• Christian Laettner
• Sandra Lee
• Mannheim Steamroller
• Jennette McCurdy
• Don McLean
• Megan & Liz
• Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo
• The Muppets and cast of Sesame Street
• Neon Trees
• Power Rangers Megaforce
• Cody Simpson
• U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists – Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber
• The Wanted
• Food Network’s Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian


Further information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade can be obtained by calling the Parade Hotline at 212-494-4495 or by visiting