When is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? 2021 date, route and schedule

Messi Thanksgiving Parade Day in New York City It’s back this year, now closer to its usual format. The supermarket chain’s annual show has been closed to spectators in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Will Coss, the show’s executive producer said: “In our 95th celebration, we are thrilled to bring this cherished holiday tradition closer to its original form as we walk the streets of New York City and into the homes of the public nationwide,” during a September statement.

The show sees the crowd gather Watch several floats Passing along the streets of New York City the neighborhood of Manhattan.

This year’s event will appear Many new balloons and floats, such as Grogu, also known as Baby Yoda balloon, Ada Twist, Scientist, Pokémon characters Pikachu and Eevee.

Schedule of the 2021 Thanksgiving Day Parade at Macy’s

This year’s Thanksgiving falls on November 25, and the annual parade will be held on that day from From 9 am to noon local time.

Spectators will also be allowed to see balloons inflated the day before the show, with proof of vaccination. Children under 12 years old can be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

How to watch 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

The show will be broadcast live NBC From 9 am to noon in all time zones. Viewers can also watch the show live from select viewing points along the streets of New York City where COVID-19 safety measures will be in place.

Currently, Macy’s website says, “In accordance with current guidelines, New York City will operate public viewing sites and safety procedures along designated sections of the route with access details announced.”

Spectators are requested to check Macy’s website for more information before traveling to the show.

The 2020 Thanksgiving Day Parade at Macy's.
A view of Tom Turkey floats at the 2020 Thanksgiving Day Parade at Macy’s in New York City.
Eugene Gologursky / Getty Images for Macy’s Inc.

2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Route

The show begins on West 77th Street and Central Park West at 9 a.m. ET before heading to Central Park West.

Macy’s’s website says, “Early risers arrive beginning at 6 a.m. ET on the west side of Central Park West from 75th Street to West 61st Street. Great views can be found along this stretch.”

The procession will then travel to Columbus Circle, where the parade shifts to Central Park South and onto Sixth Street, where spectators can enjoy great views from West 59th to West 38th Street. Then the show takes its last turn and ends in front of the Herald Square in Macy’s.

Viewers are advised to avoid watching the show on Sixth Avenue between West 34th and West 38th Streets as well as on West 34th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue as “national television broadcasts limit viewing here,” the show’s website says.

Look Macy’s website for more information on restricted viewing areas.

2021 Macy Thanksgiving Parade COVID-19 Safety

The following health and safety guidelines have been put in place for all participants and staff at the rally, According to Messi’s statement in September:

  • All participants and staff will be vaccinated. Certain exclusions may apply at the discretion of Macy’s and the Company’s medical advisor based on certain extenuating circumstances. Macy’s medical staff will conduct COVID-19 testing for those cases.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, all participants and staff are required to wear face coverings and additional protective equipment, depending on their role. Some exceptions may apply, eg for performers on national broadcasts.
  • Macy’s will implement a reduction in the total number of exhibitors by 10 to 20 percent (approximately 800 to 1,600 participants).
  • Social distancing measures will be applied to all indoor and outdoor displays.
A float at the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
A view of the Red Titan at the 2020 Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
James Devani / Getty Images

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