For many, it’s not Thanksgiving without a viewing of this famous parade which has traveled down the streets of New York City since 1924. This year’s parade is expected to feature 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers, 1,000 clowns, 40 balloon contraptions on the road, 26 floats, 16 giant character balloons in the air, 11 marching bands, 3 hosts and 1 Santa.
The 93rd Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade will be hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker of NBC News’ TODAY over the special’s three-hour long presentation. To kick-off the revelry, NBC is banking on the popularity of Sesame Street presenting a special opening number celebrating the show’s 50th anniversary featuring a who’s who of actors, singers, dancers and more, all joined by the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street.
Following the opener on 34th Street, Broadway’s best shows will take a star turn in front of Macy’s famed flagship with special performances from the casts of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, Beetlejuice, Hadestown and Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. In addition, the Radio City Rockettes will bring their signature high-kicking magic to Herald Square.
This year five new floats will debut, including Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues & You! (with Josh Dela Cruz), The Brick-changer by The Lego Group (with NCT 127), Home Sweet Home by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® (with Tenille Townes), Rexy in the City by COACH® (with Billy Porter), and Toy House of Marvelous Milestones by New York Life (with Kelly Rowland). Other celebrities and singers appearing on the floating stages include Natasha Bedingfield, Black Eyed Peas, Chicago, Ciara, Celine Dion, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Debbie Gibson, former NASA astronauts Kay Hire & Janet Kavandi, Chris Janson, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, NHL legends Dominic Moore and Eddie Olczyk, the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Ozuna, That Girl Lay Lay, TLC, Chris Young and of course, Santa Claus.
New giant balloons joining the line-up this year include Astronaut Snoopy by Peanuts Worldwide, Green Eggs and Ham by Netflix, and SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary by Nickelodeon. In celebration of his 75thbirthday, a heritage balloon and fan-favorite will return to the Parade as Smokey Bear returns to the skies over Manhattan.
For the fourth year, Macy’s, along with NBCUniversal and Verizon, will give viewers an up close and personal second screen experience of the Parade with a 360-degree livestream on Verizon’s YouTube page. The stream will go live at 8:30 a.m. EST at http://www.youtube.com/verizon and will run through noon EST. With exclusive access to cameras along the entire Parade route, online spectators will get a glimpse of the magic behind the scenes, as well as a preview of what’s to come as the Parade marches down the streets of Manhattan.
The big Thanksgiving Day parade will be televised on both NBC and CBS with the former being the more spectacular of the two specials, but it will offer a differ viewpoint seen from hosts Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight. The CBS version will also feature performances by Miranda Lambert who will be performing the songs “Bluebird” and “Settling Down” from her recently released new album Wildcard.
Both specials begin at 9 a.m.
Main image: NBC
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