Here’s How Much Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Costs

It’s one of the biggest events of the holiday season: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade arrives in New York City on Thursday, celebrating its 90th year.

The annual show attracts around 50 million viewers and 3.5 million spectators, according to Ebates.com. The cost to pull it all off? Between $10.4 million and $12.3 million.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016 Costs
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015.
CREDIT: Shutterstock

This year, Ebates (an online cash-back shopping site) crafted an infographic with facts about how the money is spent. Here are five facts to know about where the money goes.

1. Each float costs $30,000 to $100,000

2. More than 4,000 Macy’s employees volunteer on Thanksgiving

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015.
CREDIT: Rex Shutterstock

3. $510,000 in helium costs and $138,573 in taxes, with $810,000 to $2.7 million for float costs.

4. 8,000 people help put the parade together

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016 Costs
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015.
CREDIT: Rex Shutterstock.

5. There are 17 giant character balloons, 27 floats and 10,000 parade marchers. The marchers include 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers, 1,000 clowns and 12 marching bands.

This year, De La Soul, Easton Corbin and Fitz and the Tantrums will perform.

You can view the full infographic here.

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