Enhanced Security Measures and Other Significant Changes to the Thanksgiving Day Parade Festivities

Careful Review of Rules and Logistics for the Balloon Inflation and Parade Will Help Ensure a Safe, Enjoyable Experience

New York, New York—The New York Police Department announced today at the Police Academy in College Point, Queens, enhanced security measures and other important changes to the festivities surrounding the 2017 balloon inflation and Thanksgiving Day Parade. Certain times, locations, security restrictions and street closures have changed, so participants are encouraged to carefully review this advisory to help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. A traffic advisory with a comprehensive list of street closures appears at the end of this release.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation will take place on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 from 1pm to 8pm. Beginning at noon, participants may enter the queue at West 74th Street and Columbus Avenue. For the first time, large backpacks, coolers, alcoholic beverages, chairs and umbrellas are expressly prohibited and participants will be screened prior to entering the viewing route.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017. The parade will step off from Central Park West and 77th Street at 9am and proceed south.

Heavy traffic conditions are expected, and there will be rolling street closures in Manhattan, so mass transit is strongly encouraged. Remember: No large backpacks, lawn chairs, umbrellas, large coolers or alcoholic beverages will be allowed. Anyone who sees suspicious activity should alert a police officer or call 911. The NYPD’s terrorism hotline is 888-NYC-SAFE.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

BALLOON INFLATION
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd

Beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, November 22nd, 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic.

The balloon inflation can be viewed by pedestrians from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. on 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue.

Pedestrians are advised to enter the viewing area from the East side of Columbus Avenue at 74th Street.

Inflation viewing spectators are reminded that NO:

  • Large backpacks
  • Lawn chairs
  • Umbrellas
  • Large coolers or
  • Alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the inflation viewing area.

At 8 a.m. the following street will be closed to vehicular traffic:

-West 74th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenues

Additional vehicular traffic closures at Noon are as follows:

– Central Park West from West 73rd to 85th Streets
– West 73rd Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
– West 74th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
– West 75th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
– West 76th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
– West 77th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
– West 78th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
– West 80th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
– West 81st Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
– West 82nd Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
– West 83rd Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
– West 84th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
– West 85th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
– Central Park Transverse Road at Central Park West and West 81 St. (Both Directions)

After 10 p.m., 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue as well as Central Park West from 59th Street to 86th Street will be closed to all traffic.

“Broadcast vehicles only” may park beginning at 9 a.m. on the east side of Columbus Avenue from West 77th Street to West 76th Street. All Broadcast Vehicles must be off Columbus Avenue by 11:30 p.m.

THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd

Formation for the parade will begin at 8 a.m. at the following locations:

-West 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
-West 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
-Central Park West between West 77th and 86th Streets

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. from Central Park West and 77th Street and proceed on the following route:

-South on Central Park West to Columbus Circle
-South through E/S Columbus Circle to 59th Street
-East on 59th Street to 6th Avenue
-South on 6th Avenue to 34th Street
-West on 34th Street to 7th Avenue – (dispersal area)

Additional closures are as follows:

-Broadway between West 34th Street and West 40th Street- Midnight to 1 p.m.
-6th Avenue between West 23rd Street and West 42nd Street – 2 a.m. to 1 p.m.
-7th Avenue from West 34th Street and West 42nd Street – 2 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
-34th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 10 p.m. (Wed) to 5 p.m.
-59th Street E/B between 7th Avenue and Central Park West – Midnight to 2 p.m.
-59th Street W/B between 5th Avenue and Central Park West – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-35th Street between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-36th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-37th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-38th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-8th Avenue between 34th Street and 40th Street – 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
-Broadway between 38th Street and 59th Street – 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

-33rd Street between 7th Avenue and 10th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-39th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-40th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-49th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-50th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-Central Park 65th Street/66th Street Transverse Roads 7 a.m. until conclusion

Please note: From 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. vehicles will not be able to access:

-6th Avenue between West 33rd and West 59th Street
-8th Avenue between West 57th Street and West 59th Street
-8th Avenue between West 33rd and West 40th Streets
-Broadway between 59th Street and 57th Street
-Broadway between West 34th and West 40th Streets (only escorted deliveries)
-42nd Street between 5th and 8th Avenue
-57th Street between 5th and 8th Avenue