New York

How to Watch the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC

Whether IRL or via streaming, this iconic Big Apple tradition promises big name performances plus new floats and balloons.

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Gordon Donovan/Shutterstock
Gordon Donovan/Shutterstock

As we kick off the holiday season, the world famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is just around the corner.

First held in 1924 and marking its 96th run, this year’s longstanding tradition promises big name performances, new floats and balloons, and plenty of excitement. And while tuning in is a classic American tradition among households nationwide, for us New Yorkers (and our new BFF tourists), we’re in the lucky position to witness its splendor up close IRL.

As we take part in this and other Thanksgiving festivities across the five boroughs, it’s also important to acknowledge that we currently reside on what was once the land of the Lenape peoples called Lenapehoking or Manhatta (which means “hilly island”). For ways to celebrate the legacy and culture of Indigenous peoples in New York City this year, check out our guide.

So, if you’re one of the millions planning to venture to the parade route on Thanksgiving morning, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC.

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Viktor_IS/Shutterstock
Viktor_IS/Shutterstock

Where is the parade route?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off from West 77th Street at 9 am, moves south on Central Park West to Columbus Circle, and then heads east on West 59th Street. The journey continues south on Sixth Avenue to 34th Street and ends outside Macy’s flagship store around noon. Visualize the route here.

Where can I watch the parade from?

There are two main stretches of road where you can catch a great view of the parade. Early birds can line up on the west side of Central Park West between West 75th Street and West 59th Street-people start camping out here as early as 6 am. Late arrivers should aim to post up farther down the parade route, along Sixth Avenue between West 59th Street and West 38th Street.

No matter when you arrive, there are a handful of areas to look out for on the route with limited-to-no views. Avoid the kickoff area at West 77th Street, all of Columbus Circle, the stretch of Sixth Avenue between West 38th Street and West 34th Street, and anywhere near Macy’s on 34th Street.

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Ron Adar/Shutterstock
Ron Adar/Shutterstock

How do I get there?

The subway is always the most reliable mode of transportation to an event where street closures are involved. We suggest getting off at a station slightly off the beaten path to minimize the chaos.

If you’re planning to watch in the Upper West Side, take the 1, 2, or 3 train to 72nd Street. If you’re planning to watch in Midtown, consider taking the E train to 50th Street or the N train to 49th Street. As always, watch the MTA’s live service updates online or on Twitter in case there’s a hangup.

What should I wear and how do I prepare?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade used to be infamous for having parade goers endure freezing temperatures. And while Thanksgiving this year shows signs of being warmer than usual, you’ll still want to arrive prepared in case the forecast changes.

If the weather does drop, the key to surviving a morning event in November is layering up. Long johns, sweaters, coats, and scarves are all great ideas, but don’t stop there. Comfortable shoes are a necessity, and head and hand protection help contain your body heat. Also, definitely keep in mind that bathrooms are limited near the parade.

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Rabanser/Shutterstock
Rabanser/Shutterstock

What performers, floats, and new balloons will I see?

The 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade features 16 giant character balloons, 28 floats, countless performers of every kind, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Among this year’s five new character balloons there’s Stuart the Minion from the movies Despicable Me and Minions; Bluey, from the popular children’s animated TV show Bluey; and middle schooler Greg Heffley from the book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Additionally, there are five new floats that will roll down the parade route for the first time this year including a colorful, animal dance party float by Toys “R” Us with singer Jordin Sparks; a whimsical Baby Shark themed float accompanied by musician Ziggy Marley; and a slumber party-style float by Netflix joined by the local Ballet Hisp√°nico.

Among the many celebrities performing at the parade, expect appearances from Sean Paul, Paula Abdul, Dionne Warwick, Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland, and Jimmy Fallon & The Roots.

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RightFramePhotoVideo/Shutterstock
RightFramePhotoVideo/Shutterstock

How do I stream the parade from home?

If seeing the parade in person just isn’t in the cards this year, enjoy the festivities from the comfort of your home. The three-hour broadcast-hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker-will air on NBC from 9 am to noon in every time zone on Thursday, November 24. It’ll re-broadcast from 2 pm to 5 pm in every time zone in case you missed the morning show.

You can also stream the event on Peacock at your own leisure, and if you would prefer to watch in Spanish, Telemundo will broadcast the event from 9 am to noon as well.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Izzy Baskette is a Staff Writer for Thrillist New York. Find her on Instagram.

Kyler Alvord is a contributor for Thrillist.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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