Best Spots For Viewing The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade From Central Park

Macys-thanksgiving-day-parade-route-1Once again this year the  Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will not wend its way down Broadway as it had for so many years past. The parade will now take a sharp left at Columbus Circle and travel along Central Park South before turning right on Sixth Ave. This will provide more opportunities for watching the parade from Central Park along those blocks. After traveling down 6th from 59th Street to 34th Street, the parade will turn right and end at Macy’s in Herald Square. It takes approximately 90 minutes for the parade to walk the 2.5-mile stretch.

While the best places for viewing the parade, if you don’t have friends with an apartment or office overlooking the route, is between 61st and 72nd St. along Central Park West these added blocks might provide an added area near the park that isn’t as congested. Best time to arrive is around 6:30 to secure the best spot.

Pope Francis in Central Park

Pope Francis Central Park Procession

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Ticket Giveaway Contest

Sign up for the Central Park Papal Procession ticket giveaway contest has closed. Space is limited for the Pope’s historic Central Park procession. Entrants who have been randomly selected to receive tickets will be notified beginning Thursday, September 10th via email or telephone (depending on how they entered) and no later than September 14th. For more information on attending this procession, please read our FAQ below.


Where & When

The Central Park Papal Procession will take place on Friday, September 25th on Central Park’s West Drive between 72nd and 60th Street. A ticket and valid ID is required for entrance.

Entrance to Event

Guests must enter via assigned security gate (listed on ticket) beginning at 11am. All guests must be at their assigned gate no later than 3:30pm. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and allow ample time to pass through security. Guests without tickets will not be permitted.

Road Closures

During Pope Francis’ visit to New York City there will be a number of street closures and anticipated traffic delays in the area of Central Park West, East Harlem, Financial District, Midtown, Madison Square Garden, and the Upper East Side. Please click here to view the full list of street closures and traffic restrictions. The use of public transportation for the duration of the visit is highly encouraged.


Getting Tickets

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Global Citizen Festival


The 2015 Global Citizen Festival is on September 26th in New York City’s Central Park. Take Action to end extreme poverty on this page for your chance to earn FREE tickets. The video to the left explains how your actions will earn you tickets.

2015 is the year for the movement to end poverty. This September at the UN General Assembly in New York, world leaders from 193 countries will announce new GLOBAL GOALS designed to fight inequality, protect our planet, and end extreme poverty by 2030. The festival is a critical lever for achieving policy and financial commitments that will shape the success of the Global Goals over the next 15 years.


Take action here to end extreme poverty and earn a chance at free tickets to the Global Citizen Festival. Get started by taking Action Journey 3. Each completed journey earns you a unique entry for tickets. Complete all the action journeys to maximize your chances, and your impact.

You must create a Global Citizen account to be able to enter the Festival draw.

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2015 Central Park Film Festival

This year’s lineup of films is an eclectic collection of favorites from the 70’s and 80’s

Tuesday, Aug 25: Fame (R) Wednesday, Aug 26: The Blues Brothers (R) Thursday, Aug 27: Airplane! (PG) Friday, Aug 28: Raging Bull (R) Saturday, Aug 29: Superman II (PG)


Located on the landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive (Terrace Drive) Please enter the Park at 72nd Street at Central Park West or Fifth Avenue.


Gates open at 6:30 pm, movies begin at 8:00 pm

Films will screen rain or shine. A DJ will perform from 6:30 — 8:00 pm.

The Film Festival is free. Tickets are not required.

All films are open captioned. Bring a picnic and a blanket.

To ensure that everyone can enjoy the films, the following are not permitted: Alcoholic beverages Glass bottles Chairs Video cameras

Shakespeare in the Park – How to get Tickets

Jonathan Groff explains how to get free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park. For more info visit