New York City Annual Parades Guide

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade draws millions of spectators into New York City every year.  The parade that takes place in New York City is one of the world’s largest parades. The first parade took place in 1924 and the tradition has grown over the years to just get bigger and better each year. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade features giant character balloons, novelty balloons, heritage balloons and over 25 floats with a wide range of clowns, dancers and musicians all performing along the route.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Route Map

Macy’s Firework Display

Macy's 4th July Fireworks
Macys 4th of July Fireworks Display

Every 4th of July Macy’s has the largest fireworks display on the East River in New York City. Macy’s sets over 20,000 fireworks off between 23rd and 42nd streets. Alongside the best pyrotechnic team in the business Macy’s plans and installs a fireworks extravaganza to really celebrate America’s birthday with a bang. Artists such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Justin Timberlake perform during the fireworks and the live display is shown on a two hour special on NBC.  Over 15 million people tune in or make the trip to see the firework’s each and every year.

Other Annual Parades

Parades such as the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade, Village Halloween Parade, New York Easter Day Parade and the India Day Parade all take place throughout the year in New York City.

India Day Parade

Girls Performing Traditional Indian Dance During the India Day Celebrations

Every year in the month of August, India Day is celebrated in NYC. One of the largest parades outside of India takes place in NYC along Madison ave and ends with cultural performances in Madison Square Park.

New York Easter Day Parade

The Easter Parade takes Place on Easter Sunday on Fifth Avenue. Anyone is welcome to participate in the parade. Dressing up and wearing the craziest bonnets is highly encouraged.

St Patricks Day Parade

The annual St Patricks Day Parade takes place along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street. The parade which has now been running for over 250 years turns NYC into a sea of shamrocks. Large amounts of alcohol are consumed after this parade and tourists are best to avoid bars following the parade.

Chinese Lunar Year Parade.

New York City goes all out to celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year. The parade which takes place annually in Chinatown includes dancing dragons, martial arts and the most incredible colorful outfits.

The Village Halloween Parade

The Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village takes place annually on the 31st October. It is know to be one of the biggest public Halloween parades with hoards of popele all dressed up in all sorts of crazy and unique costumes.