NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Widening pedestrian plazas and other factors have made it necessary for Macy’s to slightly alter the Thanksgiving day parade route this year.

The parade will kick off early Thursday at 77th and Central Park West as usual. It will head down along CPW to Columbus Circle, before making a left and heading along Central Park South to 6th Avenue. Once at 6th Avenue, the parade will continue south until 34th Street, where it will make a right and head to Macy’s at Herald Square.

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The route had previously traveled down 7th Avenue.

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Here is the new route:

(credit: Google Maps)

This year marks the 86th annual parade. Kermit the Frog, Hello Kitty, Spider-Man, Spongebob Squarepants and more will all be among the giant balloons of the parade.

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