2012 Thanksgiving Day Parade Parking
November 14, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012 will be the 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. More than 3 million people will watch the 2.5 mile parade route in person, and another 50 million will watch the floats, bands, and balloons from the warmth of their homes.

PARADE ROUTE

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Starting at 9am, the parade begins at 77th St and Central Park West, then heads down Central Park West to Columbus Circle at 59th St. The marchers will turn left (east) on 59th St for 2 blocks, then turn right to go south on 6th Avenue until 34th St.

At 34th St, the parade will turn right (west) and end at Broadway right in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

Note: you cannot watch the parade on 6th Ave between 34th – 38th Sts OR on 34th St between Broadway – 7th Ave.

WHERE TO PARK

As much as we want to help people find great parking, it’s probably best to take public transportation if you can to avoid the hassles of NYC traffic and over-priced parking. But if you do want to drive in to NYC:

Street Parking

You can park on the street for free, if you can find a space. NYC Alternate Side Parking Regulations are suspended on Thanksgiving Day, but you still have to obey the No Standing, No Parking, and No Stopping signs.

Garage Parking

Most NYC parking garages near the parade route will be charging an Event Rate, which will be about $40 – $55.

To find less expensive NYC parking garages:

  • Park farther West near West End Ave, 10th Ave, 11th Ave
  • Park on the East Side, anywhere from 5th Ave – 1st Ave, then walk across Central Park or through midtown Manhattan to see the parade along 6th Ave.
  • Look for an Early Bird Special rate of $10 – $20 on the East Side from E 30th – E 90th Sts. You’ll find better rates closer to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Aves. You have to be in the NYC parking garage by 9 or 10am and must leave by 5 – 7pm. Check with the garage.
  • Park in Midtown Manhattan, where the garages are looking for business. T
  • Check out the coupons from Central Parking and QuikPark for any 6, 12 or 24 hours. But make sure they apply on Thanksgiving.

Our friends at About.com gave us this information about the best viewing areas, street closures, and how to watch the balloons being inflated.

WATCH THE BALLOONS BE INFLATED

One of the coolest things to do is watch the huge balloons be inflated the night before the parade. The process takes from 3 – 10pm, enter at 79th St & Columbus Ave.

VIEWING AREAS

  • Central Park West: West side of street from 70th St – Columbus Circle, East side of street from 70th – 65th
  • Columbus Circle: West side of street
  • 6th Avenue: between 58th – 34th Sts

STREET CLOSURES

  • 77th – 81st Sts between Columbus Ave – Central Park West: closed from 9am Wednesday – approximately 3pm Thursday
  • 79th St Central Park Transverse: closed after 4pm Wednesday

These streets will be closed from anytime after 7pm on Wednesday until about 3pm on Thursday:

  • Central Park West from W 59th – W 81st St
  • Broadway between 34th – 59th St
  • 7th Ave between 33rd – 59th St
  • 6th Ave between 34th – 42nd St
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