Thanksgiving, Lunar, African-American, St. Patrick’s, Pride, Puerto Rico

NYC Parades are some of the most famous and popular in the world. There is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and New York Halloween Parade, but don’t confuse our amazing Parades with our New York City Street Fairs and NYC Festivals. There’s more than enough fun and festivities to go around in New York City. Here’s a look at our top NYC Parades.

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Most Popular NYC Parades

  • Lunar (Chinese) New Year Parade
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Coney Island Mermaid Parade
  • National Puerto Rican Day Parade
  • Pride NYC
  • West Indian Parade
  • African American Day Parade
  • Columbus Day
  • Halloween Parade NYC
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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NYC Parades January and February

Lunar (Chinese) New Year

Chinese New Years Day 2020

Photo ©Better Chinatown Society

The Lunar New Year marks the beginning of the spring and the rebirth of the Earth and New York City celebrates the Lunar New Year with a Firecracker Ceremony, Cultural Festival and a New Year Parade followed by another Festival.

The parade is held annually in January and/or February.

Read More: Lunar (Chinese) New Year Annual Parade

More January Parades:

  • Three Kings Day Parade

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NYC Parades March

NYC St Patrick’s Day and Parade

NYC Parades St Patricks Day Parade

The Parade is held every March 17th, except when March 17th falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated the day before, Saturday the 16th because of religious observances. This parade has been held for the past 250+ years in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York. The Parade is reviewed from the steps of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral by His Eminence Cardinal Edward Eagan, Archbishop of New York. 

More Info and Parade Details: St. Patrick’s Day in New York City.

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NYC Parades April

Easter Day Parade

NYC Parades May

  • Dance Parade and Festival
  • Memorial Day Weekend

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NYC Parades June

NYC Pride Week, Parade and Festival

NYC Pride Week

Pride Island,
PrideFest, The March

Pride is the city’s premiere "LGBTQIA+" celebration. Filled with a series of fabulous and fun events, the festivities begin with Family Night and the Rally and culminate with the Pride Parade, typically held on the last day of the week in late June. Also held on the last day are the Pride Festival, along with the annual Dance on the Pier, following the parade wrapping up Pride Week in a grand fireworks display.

More Info: Pride NYC

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is one of New York City’s greatest summer events. The 3,000+ participants dress in hand-made costumes, while celebrating ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside. The Mermaid parade is always a summer highlight in NYC and one of our favorite annual local things to do!

More Info: Coney Island Mermaid Parade

National Puerto Rican Day Parade

National Puerto Rican Day Parade
National Puerto Rican Day Parade

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade, held annually on the second Sunday in June enhances the pride of the Puerto Rican people and promotes their contributions to the United States.

Details on the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

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NYC Parades August & September

Labor Day NYC Parade and West Indian Parade

The West Indian Parade takes place on Labor Day, Monday every year in Brooklyn and is a celebration of Caribbean culture, arts, history and traditions. This parade is also known as The New York Caribbean Carnival Parade and sometimes, the Labor Day Parade, as it is always held on Labor Day as the closing event of New York Caribbean Carnival Week. More Info: West Indian Parade

West Indian Parade NYC

The actual NYC Labor Day Parade takes place the weekend after Labor Day in NYC every September. The parade steps off from 44th Street & Fifth Avenue at 10am. More Info: NYC Labor Day Parade

Annual African American Day Parade

NYC African American Day Parade
Photo ©African American Day Parade

The African American Day Parade, usually the second Sunday in September, is the largest Black Parade In America and a colorful and musical event with crowds packing the streets of Harlem as floats glide belting music from soca to reggae, ragga and soul.

NYC Festivals, Fairs and Parades Fall

NYC Festivals Fairs Parades Fall

Fall is chock full of Festivals, Fairs and Parades in NYC, so many, that we’ve created a whole guide just for Festivals, Fairs and Parades in New York City. Some of the awesome events include:

  • Annual Feast of San Gennaro
  • New York Film Festival
  • New York City Wine and Food Festival
  • New York Television Festival
  • New Yorker Festival

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NYC Parades October & November

Annual Columbus Day Parade

Columbus Day Parade NYC

The Columbus Day Parade celebrates the spirit of exploration and courage that inspired Christopher Columbus’s 1492 expedition and the important contributions Italian-Americans have made to the United States. The parade showcases over 100 bands, floats and contingents and attracts nearly one million spectators.

More on the Columbus Day Parade.

Halloween Parade in New York City

Halloween Parade Map New York City

NYC has one of the most famous Halloween parades and wow is it worth going! The costumes are to die for and the evening is always so much fun. The famous Halloween parade lines up on 6th Avenue between Spring and Broome Streets and travels North on 6th Avenue to 16th Street. More Info: NYC Halloween Parade

Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

What could be more fun than Broadway Stars, Shrek, Spider Man, Hello Kitty, Smurf, SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Snoopy, Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear all partying together in New York City?

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Veteran’s Day Parade

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