The much-anticipated 97th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is set to take place on Thursday, bringing joy and excitement to millions of spectators. With over three million people expected to gather along the parade route, braving the early-morning cold, this year’s extravaganza promises to be a sight to behold.
To ensure everyone can enjoy the parade, NBC has rescheduled the broadcast to begin at 8:30 a.m., half an hour earlier than previous years. The broadcast will be hosted by the dynamic trio of Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker from the renowned “Today” show. You can catch the live broadcast on NBC or stream it on Peacock.
The parade route covers a remarkable 2.5 miles, commencing at West 77th Street and Central Park West. It will wind its way through the bustling streets of Manhattan, culminating at the iconic Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square. Please note that public viewing may not be available at all areas on the route. For the best vantage points, head to Central Park West between West 75th and West 61st Streets, or along Sixth Avenue between West 59th and West 38th Streets. Dedicated spectators often stake their claim as early as 6 a.m.
As always, the parade will feature an array of dazzling floats, enchanting balloons, and captivating celebrity performers. Expect renowned figures such as jazz musician Jon Batiste, who recently received six Grammy nominations, and the legendary Cher, who has just released a delightful holiday album. Other notable performers include country singer Jessie James Decker, vocal group Pentatonix, and the talented R&B artist Brandy.
Joining the festivities will be esteemed guests like Grace Stanke, this year’s Miss America; Jordan Chiles, an Olympic gymnast; and the stars of the new Broadway show “Gutenberg! The Musical!” – Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells.
A harmonious symphony of sound will be brought by eleven vibrant marching bands, including the Marching Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s Eagle Regiment, and the O’Fallon Township High School Marching Panthers.
Be prepared to be transported into a world of wonder as you witness the stunning sight of 31 majestic floats, 25 magnificent balloons, and six remarkable self-powered “balloonicles.”
This year, the parade has some delightful new additions. Look out for the iconic Pillsbury Doughboy balloon, the lovable Po from “Kung Fu Panda,” and Snoopy dressed as a “beagle scout.” Additionally, there will be six brand-new floats, featuring designs like “Camp Snoopy” and a captivating depiction of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory from the upcoming film “Wonka.”