Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade promises a feast for the eyes


Charley Lhasa from New York City | Wikimedia Commons

Natalie Cardona

The holiday season has begun and there is only one way to celebrate, with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Over 5,000 volunteers, 16 giant character balloons, 28 floats and 40 novelty inflatables will be featured in the 96th edition of the parade. More than 700 clowns, 10 performance groups and 12 marching bands from across the country will bring the festivities to life this Thanksgiving.  

The spectacular event has a star-studded lineup including performances from Big Time Rush, Jordin Sparks, Sean Paul, Ziggy Marley, Gloria Estefan and the debut of Paula Abdul. The oneand-only Santa Claus will also make an appearance to celebrate the holiday season.

This year’s parade will see many returning giant balloon characters like SpongeBob and Boss Baby. Dragon Ball’s Goku balloon will depict him in his Super Saiyan Blue form. The beloved Astronaut Snoopy will make his appearance in the parade for a record-setting 43rd time.

Giant balloons making their debut this year are the one-eyed minion Stuart from “Despicable Me 2” and the Australian pup “Bluey.” A new edition of an Apatosaurus will have an all-new baby dino friend and the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” balloon will have a cheese component in its latest version.

The inflatable lineup includes balloonilces, introducing Striker the US Soccer Star by Fox Sports.

Five new floats will join the festivities this year, includinginclude Baby Shark by Pinkfong, The Wondership by Wonder, Geoffrey’s Dazzling Dance Party by Toys “R” Us, Netflix’s Supersized Slumber and People of First Light by Macy’s.

The parade will travel through Manhattan on Nov. 24, starting at 77th street and ending in front of Macy’s Flagship store located in Herald Square. 2.5 miles of public viewing will be provided, with magnificent views along Central Park West from 75th street to 61st street for early comers.

Spectators not waiting at 6 a.m. can get a great view of the parade along 6th Avenue between West 59th and West 38th street.

Viewers not attending in-person can watch the parade live on NBC at 9 a.m. ET or stream it on Peacock. Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will return to host the celebration.

The parade has been a long-standing tradition on Thanksgiving mornings, dating back decades to the first-ever parade in 1924. The iconic parade “has served to bring joy to the millions who gather nationwide each year to experience it with friends and family,” Will Coss, Executive Producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, said.

“[W]e are thrilled to showcase another spectacle full of magic and wonder that will help create everlasting memories with loved ones during this special time of year.”