Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: When and where you can watch it
It’s that time of year again, folks! Turkey Day is here, so slip into your stretchiest pants and settle in for a day of feasting, feeling thankful, and viewing.
Before you drift into that much-anticipated food coma, kick off the day with a healthy helping of floating festive fun with the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. We’ve got all the information you need for optimum enjoyment and minimal effort — it is a holiday after all!
What time does the parade start?
The 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade begins at 9 a.m. ET and will go until noon on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.
Where can I watch it? Where can I stream it?
NBC, the official broadcaster of the event, will be airing the parade in its entirety, with Today show hosts Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker anchoring the broadcast. The network has partnered up with Verizon to provide a 360-degree live stream of the parade for those without cable TV subscriptions. Log into Verizon’s YouTube channel when the parade starts and you’ll be able to watch the action live. You can also watch online by logging onto nbc.com/live or via the Watch NBC app.
Who will be performing?
Gwen Stefani, Andy Grammer, 98 Degrees, Bebe Rexha, Flo Rida, Wyclef Jean, Patti LaBelle, and the Goo Goo Dolls are just a selection of the big names popping up along the avenues. Of course, The Radio City Rockettes™ will also be there to kick up a good time, and look out for musical performances from the casts of Broadway’s Anastasia, Dear Evan Hansen, and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Who else can I hope to see?
Santa, obviously. Miss America, Cara Mund, will also be there to show off her crown and Jimmy Fallon and The Roots will take a tour of their hometown. Plus: High school marching bands from around the country will be turning out to show off their snappy synchronized steps (and instrument-playing skills).
What balloons should I look out for?
Olaf!! Everyone’s favorite snowman from Disney‘s Frozen will be making his debut at this year’s parade as well as Chase from Paw Patrol. All the usual floating suspects, like the Red Power Ranger, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Macy’s classic tree decorations, will be flying by as well.
What floats will be making an appearance?
Proving Thanksgiving is not only about the turkey, chicken is set to reclaim its spot at the table with The Colonel’s Road Trip To NYC float by KFC, and Delta Air Lines will be jetting in with a Winter Wonderland float. Unsure if you’re in mood for sweet or sour? You’re in luck: Sour Patch Kids are up to no good with their Parade Day Mischief float this year. And to work up that appetite look out for the Tom Turkey float by Bravo’s Top Chef as well as Macy’s Rocking Lobster — if you’re feeling fancy.
When was the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
The tradition began in 1924, and it’s tied for the second oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the U.S. (The 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia began in 1920.)