NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is almost underway. The show features 16 huge character balloons, lavish floats, bands and performances.
This year, the parade is expected to have 8,000 participants, 3.5 million spectators from across the globe and over 50 million viewers.
The parade, will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon on Thursday.
Performers from different genres participate in the parade. Fans can can watch Celine Dion, K-pop group NCT 127, to Latin superstar Ozuna.
The kickoff takes place on West 77th Street and Central Park West and ends in front of Macy’s Herald Square.
Early risers camp out starting at 6 a.m. on the west side of Central Park West from West 75th to West 59th Streets and great views can be found along this stretch.
The parade then heads south onto 6th Avenue and viewers can watch from West 59th to West 38th Streets.
Avoid watching on 6th Avenue between West 34th and West 38th Streets and also on West 34th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues due to limited viewing because od the national television broadcasts.
The Parade makes its final turn & stops in front of Macy’s Herald Square, where there is no public viewing in the telecast area on 6th Avenue from West 34th to West 38th Streets, and on West 34th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue.
PARADE STREET CLOSURES
There will be many street closures in anticipation of the volume of guests set to attend the parade. The Department of Transportation listed the street closures for the parade.