2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Sonic during the 2011 Macy’s Day Parade
(Photo: Shutterstock)

UPDATE: 11/13/2012: It is crazy to think, but we are less than two months weeks away from the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  One of New York City’s greatest traditions, this year’s installment will be the 86th consecutive year of the parade.  As is tradition, the parade will take place at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, which is Thursday, November 22nd, 2012.

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Map via Google Maps

The parade route will travel down Central Park West to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South to 6th Avenue, then head down through Midtown to Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street.  See above for a map of the route, via Google Maps.

This year, here is what you can expect to see:


  • Carly Rae Jepson
  • Megan & Liz
  • Neon Trees
  • Karmin
  • Mannheim Steamroller

Floats (sponsors)

  • Gift of Freedom (Macy’s)
  • Zhu-Niverse (Zhu Zhu Pets)
  • Smurf Mushroom Float (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  • Big Apple (NYDN)
  • Bridge to the Future (Hess Corporation)
  • Marion-Carole Showboat (Macy’s)
  • Snoopy’s Dog House (Peanuts Worldwide)
  • Pep Rally (Spirit of America Productions)
  • Home Baked Goodness (Morton Salt Inc.)
  • Elves Raise the Roof (OfficeMax Inc.)
  • Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure (Nickelodeon)
  • On the Roll Again (Homewood Suites by Hilton)
  • International CeleBEARation Clock Tower (Biuld-A-Bear Workshop)
  • Woodland Family Gathering (Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.)
  • Tom Turkey (Cooking Channel)
  • 1-2-3 Sesame Street (NAMM)
  • True Spirit of Thanksgiving (Oneida Indian Nation)
  • Mount Rushmore’s American Pride (South Dakota DOT)
  • Fall Frozen Fun (Discover)
  • Christmas in Central Park (Delta Air Lines)
  • Santa’s Sleigh (Macy’s)

Marching Bands

  • NYPD Marching Band (New York, NY)


  • Spirit of America Dance (Frisco, TX)
  • Stagedoor Manor (Loch Sheldrake, NY)
  • Varsity Spirit Cheer (Frisco, TX)


  • Hello Kitty
  • Kermit the Frog
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Julius
  • Spider-Man
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Ronald McDonald
  • Pillsbury Doughboy
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Sailor Mickey
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Aflac Duck

Check back to this blog where we will have all of the latest updates on more performances, where is the best place to stand during the parade and what type of weather you should prepare for on Thanksgiving Day.  For more info on the parade, Macy’s, and the participants visit the official parade website here.


2 thoughts on “2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  1. The parade wont cancel due to hurricane sandy. Will it?

    • No, the parade won’t be canceled. The NYC Marathon is still expected to run this Sunday and the Village Halloween Parade was postponed until next week, so I don’t foresee any issues with the parade at the end of the month.

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