How to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade without a TV

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be available for live streaming via YouTube.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be available for live streaming via YouTube. Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

We get it: You’d rather cuddle up on the couch Thanksgiving morning than pack Sixth Avenue like a tourist. Still, the 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is not to be missed.

This year’s celebration will see top performers — such as John Legend, Martina McBride and Rita Ora — sing atop parade floats. Plus, new balloons including Goku from “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” and the elves from “The Christmas Chronicles,” will make their way through midtown before Santa himself waves to the city outside Macy’s Herald Square.

Don’t let your desire to stay warm keep you from kicking off the holiday season the right way come Thursday. The parade will air on NBC starting at 9 a.m., but you’ll be able to watch for free online without a TV, too.

Here’s how you can curl up on your couch and get a balloon’s-eye view of the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


You can catch all the performances, floats, balloons and more on your tablet, phone or computer by logging onto nbc.com/live or via the Watch NBC app. So, prop your iPad up in the kitchen and watch Olaf fly by while you attempt to replicate mom’s stuffing recipe. The only catch: You will need a valid cable provider login to access the stream.


For the third year in a row, Macy’s and NBC have teamed up with Verizon to make the entire parade available for free live viewing via YouTube. The 360-degree video will be available at youtube.com/verizon or on this page starting 9 a.m. The stream will run through noon. 

Social Media

Macy’s isn’t promising full live coverage on the parade on its Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages, but the chances you’ll get to see bits of the action are pretty high. Follow @Macys and @NBC on your favorite social platforms for the chance to see parts of the parade without cable. Follow #MacysParade for photos, video clips and more from the parade route.

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