What is it?
The TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Presented by United Airlines, a spectacular event that celebrates the diversity of the race, kicks off TCS New York City Marathon weekend!
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Parade of Nations showcases runners from around the world as they parade across the finish line. Representatives from NYC running clubs and several U.S. organizations, as well as professional runners and wheelchair athletes, are part of the procession. The TCS New York City Marathon Fireworks Presented by Poland Spring lights up the night sky after the parade.
The festivities are free and open to everyone—tickets are available at the TCS New York City Marathon Health and Wellness Expo and the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion throughout race week, as well as on site. Come out and be a part of the celebration! (Please note: Event information is subject to change.)
Apply to March or Carry a Flag
International runners can apply to march in the Parade of Nations or carry their country's flag! The application is open until September 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET. We will contact you by email in late September to let you know if you have been selected to participate.
Date and Time
- Friday, November 3; pre-show at 4:45 p.m.; Parade of Nations at 5:30 p.m., followed by the TCS New York City Marathon Fireworks Presented by Poland Spring.
- The event opens at 4:00 p.m. and the pre-show begins at 4:45 p.m. Grandstand seating is available to ticket-holders, and overflow standing room is available along the parade route.
The TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Presented by United Airlines takes place in Central Park south of the finish line. A map of the parade route will be available in October.
Watch the TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Presented by United Airlines on 7online.com starting at 5:25 p.m. and live at 5:30 p.m. ET in the NYC-metro area on WABC-TV, Channel 7.