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TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Presented by United Airlines

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! 

Following a pre-show at 4:45 p.m., the Parade of Nations begins at 5:30 p.m. and 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 Expo Presented by New Balance 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.)


Date and Time

  • Friday, November 1, 2019. The event opens at 4:00 p.m., the pre-show begins at 4:45 p.m.; and the Parade of Nations begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the TCS New York City Marathon Fireworks Presented by Poland Spring.
  • Grandstand seating, available to ticket-holders, opens at 4:00 p.m. and will close when the event reaches capacity. Arrive early to get a seat and enjoy the ceremony!

Location

The TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Presented by United Airlines takes place in Central Park south of the finish line. Spectators must enter Central Park at West 63rd Street and Central Park West. View a map of the parade route.

Bags are subject to inspection. We suggest no more than one bag per guest, no larger than a woman's purse.

Watch the TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Presented by United Airlines on ABC7NY.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.