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    Can I participate in the Parade as a balloon handler, clown or volunteer?

    Since it began in 1924, participants have been Macy's employees, their families and friends or others who have a relationship with the Parade's elements and/or partners. This participation policy still exists today. With the exception of invited performing talent (i.e. marching bands, celebrities, singers, etc.), aspiring participants must fall under one of these categories and be approved via application granted by the Macy's Parade Office. Click here for the full Parade Participation Policy.

    Participation Policy

    The purpose of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® is to provide quality entertainment while bringing children and families together on this most cherished national holiday. This objective has remained consistent since the first Holiday Parade in 1924.

    Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a privately-sponsored & privately-funded event, is regarded by Macy's as its annual gift to the nation. Parade participants are primarily employees or associates of Macy's or its affiliated companies, their families and friends, or others who have business relationships with the Parade, its broadcast partners and its Parade partners.

    In line with the goal and historical traditions of the Parade, Macy's invites entertainers and others to participate based exclusively on their ability to provide appropriate family entertainment suitable to the occasion. These participants consist of a variety of celebrities, who may include athletes, musicians, singers and performers from the worlds of television, film and theater, as well as various talent-based performance organizations, such as high school and college bands, cheerleaders, dancers and choral groups.

    While the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade respects and embraces America's diversity, our policy dictates that the Parade will not be used to represent any specific cause or special interest, no matter how worthy. Therefore, without judgment as to the merits, Macy's does not grant requests from any charitable, civic, political or cultural organization seeking to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    The company and Macy's Parade organizers reserve the right to make all determinations relating to participation in the Parade on the basis of entertainment value and preserving the long-standing traditions of this unique national holiday event.

    Can I buy tickets to the grandstand seating?

    Unfortunately, tickets to this limited seating area are not available to the general public and are not for sale. We provide a small amount of seats to friends and family of our Macy's employees, volunteers and partners who are giving up their holiday to put on the Parade. We also provide a select number of seats for charitable organizations (501C3) to auction off at fundraisers. First come, first serve. Limited allotment per year, please contact: paradequestions@macys.com

    Is there special access for spectators with special needs?

    Yes, please call Healing Arts Initiative (formerly known as Hospital Audiences, Inc.) at 347-701-3114 or email them at outreach@hainyc.org for details.

    Where are the best places to see the Parade and what time should I get there?

    The best places to view, depends on you! Early risers like to camp out starting at 6am along the west side of the street on Central Park West from 59th to 75th Streets, where the Parade runs from about 9am until 10:30am. If you prefer to arrive later, further down the route on 6th Avenue may be best—the Parade reaches this area around 9:30am. We don't suggest viewing from 6th Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets or in front of Macy's Herald Square, which provides very limited viewing due to the national television broadcast.

    Can I buy a copy of the Parade broadcast?

    This once-a-year event is best watched live! Unfortunately, no reproductions of the broadcast are available for sale or distribution.

    I have an element (float, car, balloon, etc.) that I want to enter into the Parade, how can I do that?

    We love and appreciate your enthusiasm, but all elements are designed and created by the artisans at Macy's Parade Studio. We have numerous guidelines that allow us to provide unique entertainment and best serve our performing talent.

    I have a band/performance group that is interested in participating in the Parade, how do I apply?

    Directors of marching bands may apply for the 2018 Parade, and directors of performance groups with unique entertainment value may apply for the 2017 Parade. Apply here.

    I would love to propose or get married at the Parade, can you help arrange this?

    Though it would be an honor to share in this special moment, this is not something that we can take part in or approve. At this time, we're devoted to producing the nation's most beloved holiday event and coordinating more than 8,000 participants, dozens of floats, balloons and vehicles, security and other major logistics.

    I want to see the balloon inflation the night before the Parade. When and where do I go?

    Join us for the Macy's Giant Balloon Inflation from 3pm to 10pm on the day before Thanksgiving. You can enter the special balloon inflation areas surrounding the Museum of Natural History beginning at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue.