Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade News

Floats and Balloons at the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade News 2011

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most popular parades in the world. First established in 1924 to provide Macy's employees with a chance to show civic pride, this massive NY Thanksgiving parade officially marks the beginning of the holiday season in the United States. Here at NYCTourist you'll find everything you need to know about the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Important Information about NYC Macy's Day Parade 2011:

  • In 2011, Thanksgiving Day falls on Thursday, November 24.
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011 begins at 9am EST at 77th Street and Central Park West and ends at 12pm EST at 34th Street.
  • NYC Macy's Parade 2011 will be broadcast live on NBC and Telemundo to an audience of almost 50 million.

2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Route

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 77th Street and Central Park West, then proceeds south on Central Park West and then east down Central Park South. The procession then marches down Seventh Avenue to 42nd Street, where it veers east along 42nd Street to Sixth Avenue. At Sixth Avenue, the parade heads south again and marches to 34th Street/Herald Square.

Note that the New York Macy's Day Parade will bypass Broadway from 58th to 34th Streets, including Times Square.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons 2011

The always cute Hello Kitty was added to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade lineup in 2010

The always cute Hello Kitty was added to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade lineup in 2010

Balloons in the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be announced soon.

Recent additions to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade include Arrrrtie the Pirate, Buzz Lightyear, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Horton the Elephant, and Kermit the Frog. In 2010, these balloons were joined by the Kool-Aid Man Balloonicle, Kung Fu Panda, Pikachu with Pokeball, Pillsbury Dough Boy, Ronald McDonald, Sailor Mickey, Shrek, Snoopy as the Flying Ace, Spider-Man, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Super Cute Hello Kitty.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Floats 2011

Floats in the 2011 Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade will be announced soon.

The Care Bear Float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Care Bear Float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Among those floats featured in the 2010 Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade were 123 Sesame Street, Care Bears, Dickens Christmas, Local Heroes Helping Everyday, M&M's On Broadway, Rocking Horse, Smurf Mushroom House, Snoopy's Dog House, Statue of Liberty, Winter Wonderland in Central Park, and Yo Gabba Gabba. As per tradition, Tom Turkey led the parade, and Santa's Sleigh brought up the rear.

Celebrities and Performers at Macy's Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been known to attract many popular celebrities and performers. In 2010, India Arie, Big Time Rush, Arlo Guthrie, Gladys Knight, Kylie Minogue, Jessica Simpson, Carrie Underwood, and Kanye West were among those who performed at the Macy's Day Parade. Past parades have featured performances by Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, Alan Cumming, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, Wynonna Judd, Jordin Sparks, and James Taylor.

Marching Bands Participating in the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Utah's Marching Band at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Utah's Marching Band at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Of the roughly 150 applicants, only ten marching bands are selected to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Here is a list of the 2011 performers:

  • Carmel High School Marching Band - Carmel, Indiana
  • Dobyns-Bennett Marching Indian Band - Kingsport, Tennessee
  • Hawaii All-State Marching Band - Kaneone, Hawaii
  • Homestead High School Marching Band - Cupertino, California
  • Homewood Patriot Band - Homewood, Alabama
  • Legacy High School Lightning Marching Band - Broomfield, Colorado
  • Miami University Marching Band - Oxford, Ohio
  • Nation Ford High School Marching Band - Fort Mill, South Carolina
  • NYPD Marching Band - New York, New York
  • Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band - Canton, Michigan

Of course, Macy's Great American Marching Band will also make an appearance.

Fun Facts about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Did you know that Macy's is the world's second largest consumer of helium, and that the United States government is the first? Neither did we! Check out the rest of these fun facts about the Macy's Day Parade:

  • All balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade feature a return address label, so that, when found, they may be returned to Macy's for a reward.
  • The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade originally ran from 145th Street and Convent Avenue to 34th Street and Herald Square.
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade NYC began as "Macy's Christmas Day Parade" in 1924.
  • Macy's introduced their famous helium balloons in 1927 to replace the live animals that had formerly been featured in the parade.
  • Many of the first parade floats were drawn by horses.