The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returns on Thursday for its 96th year and is expected to draw about three million spectators, who will line the streets of Manhattan in hopes of catching a glimpse of the fruits. giant balloons, marching bands, star performers and of course, Santa.
Normally, about 6,500 people join the parade, which will follow a 2.5-mile route through New York City, starting on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and ending in Herald Square. Unlike last year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will not require vaccinations for parade participants; Instead, performers must take a Covid-19 test 24 hours prior to arrival.
Here’s what you need to know about this year’s festival.
Who will broadcast the event?
The parade, which began at 9 a.m., was televised on NBC, Telemundo and the Peacock streaming service.
Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of “Today” will host the parade, which will end at noon. But it is unclear whether Mr. Roker, who was recently hospitalized with a blood clot, follow his Instagramwill participate.
Where is the parade?
The festivities will begin at West 77th Street and Central Park West, but the public will be limited to viewing, or not at all, at that location.
Many fans arrived along the route hours earlier to get in positions with unobstructed views of the performers. The best places to see the parade include Central Park West from West 75 to West 61 Street, and Sixth Avenue from West 59 to West 38 Street.
You can find a detail Road map here.
Who will join the parade?
Performers in the parade will include Paula Abdul, Jimmy Fallon, the Roots and Gloria Estefan, who will appear with her daughter and grandson. At the end, Mariah Carey will sing “All I Want for Christmas Is You” just before the parade ends at the Macy’s in Herald Square.
The Hispánico Ballet School is returning and several marching bands including Bourbon County High School’s Marching Colonel and the Benedict College Band of Excellence will perform.
There will also be 27 giant balloons — more than dozens of balloons last year — as well as seven balloons and 31 buoys. some balloons would be as tall as a four-story building or as wide as six taxis. Grogu, also known as Baby Yoda, is returning for a second year, with his flying stroller.
On the occasion of this year’s World Cup, “Striker the US Soccer Star” will be released. As tall as a two-story building and as wide as two taxis, the hot air balloon includes a soccer player performing a fast bike kick.
Bluey, a puppy from the popular Australian show, and Stuart the Minion will also make their first appearance, flying three to four stories high above the crowd. A fan favorite will return but will be decked out with a new accessory. Greg Heffley, character from the popular series “Diary of a Shy Boy,” will appear for the 13th time, will be crouching next to a piece of moldy cheese.