YAI Arts and Culture Macy’s Thanksgiving

YAI Arts and Culture Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Designated Area

YAI Arts and Culture provides a secure viewing area along the parade route for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. YAI Arts and Culture, assisted by volunteers, supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, people with physical disabilities and their family, friends and other New Yorkers in enjoying the parade in a designated space to ensure an enjoyable viewing experience.

When is the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Thursday November 26, 2020

How do I get tickets to enter the YAI Arts and Culture secure viewing area?

How do I get tickets to enter the YAI Arts and Culture secure viewing area?

Please contact Ulli Fenninger at 212.273.6181 or ulli.fenninger [at] yai.org

The location has a per group limit of 5 people and tickets are provided on a first-come, first serve basis beginning in January of each year until the allotted space is full.

What is the maximum number of people that I can have in my group?

There is per group limit of 5 people inclusive of the person with special viewing needs. As this area is reserved for people with a number of special viewing needs including sensory processing issues, we must limit the overall audience in order to better accommodate the needs of our guests.

Does YAI Arts and Culture provide seating in their designated area?

No. There is a limited amount of space within the designated area, please limit bringing lightweight folding seats to those that need it.

Are there restrooms in the designated area?


Where is the YAI Arts and Culture section located?

The exact location of our designated area will be determined 10 days before the event. People who have registered and been granted access will be notified of the location of the designated area and entry details.

What time is the Parade?

The Parade takes place from 9am - 12pm. Typically Santa Claus, the last float in the Parade, passes the YAI Arts and Culture area at approximately 11:30am.

What time do I need to arrive?

We strongly recommend you arrive by 8am. After 8am, the pathways near the viewing area may be closed or obstructed by spectators. YAI volunteers will be stationed at the designated area beginning at 7am.

Can I leave at any time?

Yes. The YAI Arts and Culture entry points are also the exit points. They are open and typically free of crowds for you to leave at any time.

Will the Parade be canceled because of weather?

The Macy’s Parade takes place rain or shine and is not canceled or rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Additional Information

Additional information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade can be found at www.macys.com/parade