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The holiday season’s biggest stage is set for the 96th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade kicks off November 24 at 9:00 AM with a dazzling lineup featuring giant character helium-filled balloons, fantastic floats, showstopping marching bands, high-spirited performance groups, whimsical clowns, music stars and the one-and-only Santa Claus. It’s brought together with 5,000 volunteers, 16 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 40 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 700 clowns, 12 marching bands and 10 performance groups.
This year’s performances include Paula Abdul, Big Time Rush, Cam, Jordan Davis, Blue’s Clues & You! host Josh Dela Cruz, Broadway’s A Beautiful Noise, Some Like It Hot and Disney’s The Lion King. Also making appearances Gloria, Sasha and Emily Estefan, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Fitz and the Tantrums, Kirk Franklin, Mario Lopez and family, Ziggy Marley, Lea Michele and the cast of Broadway’s Funny Girl, Miss America 2022 Emma Broyles, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, Sean Paul, the cast of Peacock’s Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin (Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland and Flula Borg), the Radio City Rockettes, Joss Stone, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Jordin Sparks, Dionne Warwick and Betty Who.
New giants joining the line-up this year include Bluey by BBC Studios; Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Abrams Books; DINO and Baby DINO by Sinclair Oil; and Stuart the Minion from Illumination.
Also making appearances, giant balloon favorites including Ada Twist, Snoopy, The Boss Baby, Goku, Pillsbury Doughboy, Ronald McDonald, Papa Smurf, SpongeBob SquarePants, Smokey Bear and Macy’s very own special reindeer Tiptoe and Toni the Bandleader Bear.
This year five new floats will debut in the Turkey Day celebration. The floating wonders along with their scheduled performers include Baby Shark by Pinkfong and Nickelodeon (Ziggy Marley); Geoffrey’s Dazzling Dance Party by Toys“R”Us (Jordin Sparks); People of First Light by Macy’s; Supersized Slumber by Netflix (Ballet Hispánico); and The Wondership by Wonder (Cam).
Bringing the beat to the holiday revelry will be a selection of the most gifted marching ensembles. Joining the line-up are Benedict College (Columbia, SC), Bourbon County High School (Paris, KY), Carmel High School (Carmel, IN), Clovis North Educational Center (Fresno, CA), Delfines Marching Band (Veracruz, Mexico), Macy’s Great American Marching Band (United States), NYPD Marching Band (New York, NY), The Queer Big Apple Corps (New York, NY), South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD), Tarpon Springs High School (Tarpon Springs, FL), University of Missouri (Columbia, MO), and Vandegrift High School (Austin, TX).
For spectators wishing to enjoy the live spectacle in person, the 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off from its traditional starting line at 77th Street and Central Park West in NYC. From there the procession will march down its signature 2.5-mile route taking it from Central Park West to Columbus Circle, turning onto Central Park South and then marching down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square.
Public viewing will be set up along designated portions of the route and managed by the NYPD. Spectators should avoid bringing large bags, umbrellas, backpacks, and strollers. The public entering viewing streets may be subject to security search. For additional viewing information, please visit macys.com/parade.
Viewers nationwide can catch all the action on NBC and streaming on Peacock, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., in all time zones. The TODAY Show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will be back to host the celebration.
In order to create a more inclusive experience for blind and visually impaired viewers, NBCUniversal is proud to present the full NBC broadcast with live audio description on the Secondary Audio Program channel (SAP), provided by Descriptive Video Works. The broadcast will be available with additional audio narration, describing the rich visuals of the Parade.
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