Macy’s 93rd Thanksgiving Day Parade NICE LITTLE NUMBERS

On Thursday 28th November 2019 it was the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. One of the biggest in the world and the American’s official start of the Christmas period. Here are 31 Nice Little Numbers about it to give you a flavour.


1              93           The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, now in it’s 93rd year, is a time-honored tradition that

marks the start of the holiday season.

2              1924       The parade, which first kicked off in 1924, with a brief hiatus between 1942 and 1944 due to

World War II,

3              2.5          2.5-mile parade route

4              3.5m       The event draws a staggering 3.5 million spectators

5              8,000      Over 8,000 people participate in the event

6              9.00am  It kicked off at 77th Street and Central Park at 9 a.m on Thursday 28th November 2019

7              50           Over 50 balloons weree included in this year’s parade

8              16           16 giant character helium balloons

9              40           40 novelty, heritage and specialty balloons

10           26           Twenty-six floats were in the Parade

11           400         escorted by 400 float attendants

12           60           The largest float, Santa’s Sleigh, measuring 60 feet long and 3 1/2  stories tall.

13           2,793      11 marching bands, comprised of approximately 2,793 total members

14           600         10 performance groups, comprised of 600 cheerleaders and 600 dancers

15           4              4 Broadway musical performances

16           100         100 choral singers

17           1,000      1,000 clowns

18           22           22 stilted clowns

19           1933       The event concluded with the arrival of Santa Claus, who has closed the Macy’s Thanksgiving

Day Parade every year, with the exception of 1933, when jolly, old Saint Nick led the official parade

20           66           This marks the 66th year that the parade will be nationally broadcast in its entirety on NBC                              television

21           50 m       Over 50 million viewers tuned in for one of the year’s most-watched television events.

22           1934       Mickey Mouse made his debut in the 1934.Parade

23           1947       In 1947 the Parade  played a prominent role in the film Miracle on 34th Street about a child’s

encounter with the real Santa Claus working at the department store.

24           3              The Parade takes 3 hours to complete starting at 9.00am and finishing at 12 noon

25           7th           Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 77th Street and Central Park West. The

procession marches to Columbus Circle, turns onto Central Park South and proceeds down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the Parade makes its final turn west and ends at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

26           1927       Since 1927, when the Parade’s character balloons first joined the revelry, the inflatables have

become a signature element featuring some of the world’s most beloved characters.

27           2005       In 2005, the Macy’s Parade began to feature what would become a collection of high-flying

artwork created in collaboration with renowned contemporary artists. The special series, entitled Macy’s Blue Sky Gallery, has featured some of the art world’s finest creators. This year, for the eighth edition of the series, Love Flies Up to the Sky–a balloon by Yayoi Kusama, the world’s most renowned female contemporary artist—will join the Macy’s Parade. The design was developed by the artist from face motifs that appear in her “My Eternal Soul” series of paintings and her signature dots are also prominently featured.

28           5              This year, there were five new debut floats including Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues & You!

(Josh Dela Cruz), The Brick-changer by The Lego Group (NCT 127), Home Sweet Home by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® (Tenille Townes), Rexy in the City by COACH® (Billy Porter), and Toy House of Marvelous Milestones by New York Life (Kelly Rowland).

29           360         For the fourth year, Macy’s, along with NBCUniversal and Verizon,gave viewers an up close

and personal second screen experience of the Parade with a 360-degree livestream on Verizon’s YouTube page. The stream went live at 8:30 am  at and ran through noon. With exclusive access to cameras along the entire Parade route, online spectators got a glimpse of the magic behind the scenes, as well as a preview of what was to come as the Parade marched down the streets of Manhattan.

30           23-34     Macy’s Thanksgiving balloons range from around 43 to 72 feet long, with a Smokey the Bear,

the shortest at 16 feet, standing 51 feet tall. Due to their size, New York City guidelines restrict the department store chain from flying the balloons in sustained wind conditions exceeding 23 mph and wind gusts exceeding 34 mph on the route.

31           1971       A balloon-less parade is a rare occasion. The 2019 celebration would have marked the first

time Macy’s grounded the balloons since 1971, when a nor’easter wreaked havoc on celebrations (and travel plans) up and down the East Coast


PS:          Returning giant balloon characters include Diary of A Wimpy Kid; DINO; The Elf on the Shelf; Goku; Illumination Presents Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch; Jett by Super Wings; Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen 2”; Chase from PAW Patrol; Pikachu; Pillsbury Doughboy; Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger; Ronald McDonald; and Trolls. Completing the inflatable lineup is the famed Aflac Duck, Baby DINOs and the Go Bowling balloonicles, as well as The Nutcracker.


PPS        I’d love to go, just one year and see the sites and soak up the atmosphere.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 28: 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)