NYC Parades

Thanksgiving, Chinese, African-American, St. Patrick’s Day, Columbus Day, Puerto Rican Day and More!!

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.

NYC Parades January and February

Chinese New Year’s Day Annual Parade

NYC Parades Chinese New YearBetter Chinatown Society

January or February, depending on Chinese New Year.

The New Year marks the beginning of the spring, the rebirth of the Earth and 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit (or Hare).

More about the Chinese New Year Annual Parade.

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NYC Parades March

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

NYC Parades St Patricks DaySt. Patrick’s Day Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of New York City’s greatest traditions. In 2012, it will celebrate it’s 251st Anniversary. The parade hosts 150,000- 250,000 marchers, along with many great bands; bagpipes, high school bands and the ever-present politicians in front of the approx 2 million spectators lining Fifth Avenue.

11am – 5pm, starts at 46th St and 5th Ave, goes up 5th Ave past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street, and continues up to the American Irish Historical Society, 83rd Street.

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 248 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 on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC.

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NYC Parades April

Easter Day Parade

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Every Easter Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, New Yorkers showcase the best of their bonnets and hats along Fifth Avenue.

10am – 4pm, starts at 49th St and 5th Ave, and moves North along 5th Ave. The best place to watch is from the area around St. Patrick’s Cathedral, around 50th Street.

Read more on the NYC Easter Day Parade.

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NYC Parades May

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NYC Parades June

National Puerto Rican Day Parade

National Puerto Rican Day Parade
National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2008

Generally held the second Sunday in June. The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is the successor to the New York Puerto Rican Day Parade, an event that operated for thirty-eight (38) consecutive years, enhancing the pride of the Puerto Rican people and promoting their contributions to the United States.

Details on the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

NYC Pride Week, Gay Pride Parade and Festival

NYC Gay Pride Parade

Gay Pride Week is a week-long celebration of PRIDE, in NYC and beyond. Filled with a series of fabulous and fun events, the festivities culminate with the NYC Gay Pride Parade, typically held on the last day of the week in late June.

Also held on the last day are the Gay Pride Festival, along with the annual Dance on the Pier following the parade wrapping up Gay Pride Week in a grand fireworks display.

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NYC September Parades

Annual African American Day Parade

© African American Day Parade

The African American Day Parade is a colorful and musical event as crowds pack the streets of Harlem and floats glide belting music from soca to reggae, ragga and soul. The 2009 parade had over 900,000 spectators.

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NYC October Parades

Annual Columbus Day Parade


Fifth Avenue 47th to 79th Streets

The second Monday in October

35,000 marchers. Over 100 bands, floats and contingents. Nearly one million spectators.

The 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. More on the Columbus Day Parade.

Halloween Parade in New York City Greenwich Village

Halloween Parade Map New York City

October 31st, 7 to 10 pm

2010 marks the Parade’s 38th year and the theme is “Memento Mori.” The parade lines up on 6th Avenue between Spring and Broome Streets. It travels North on 6th Avenue to 21th Street. New York’s Village Halloween Parade is…

  • The nation’s largest public Halloween celebration
  • Attended by over 2 million people, seen by over 1 million on TV
  • Listed as one of the 100 Things to do Before You Die

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NYC Parades November

Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving Day Parade Turkey Float
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Turkey Float

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade takes places on the 4th Thursday of November.

Floats, Clowns, Balloons, Celebrities, Santa Claus and so much more. If you are lucky enough to be here, then here are some tips on the best ways to watch the Thanksgiving Parade, which attractions are open and where to have Thanksgiving Dinner.

Veterans Day Parade

Veteran’s Day Parade

Coming Soon – in the meantime, check out the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Intrepid Museum

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