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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Brings Festivity to New York with Celebrities, Bands, and Iconic Balloons

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Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a cherished tradition, is set to bring joy to the streets of New York City this Thursday. Iconic balloons, including Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants, will soar high above, while bands and performers entertain the crowds on the ground. The parade begins on the upper west side of Manhattan, travels alongside Central Park, and concludes at the Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street, drawing large audiences both in person and on national television.

The event features a star-studded lineup, with Cher, the acclaimed singer and actress recently launching her Christmas album, set to perform just before Santa Claus’s highly anticipated arrival, signaling the parade’s conclusion.

Participants also include notable figures such as Jon Batiste, Bell Biv DeVoe, Brandy, Jessie James Decker, the group Pentatonix, and Miss America 2023 Grace Stanke. Additionally, cast members from various Broadway shows will showcase their talents.

This year introduces new balloons, including the over 40-foot tall Leo the lizard from a Netflix movie, alongside returning favorites like the 44-foot SpongeBob. A special highlight is the new Beagle Scout Snoopy balloon, commemorating 50 years since Snoopy’s debut in the Peanuts comics.

Will Coss, the parade’s executive producer, promises a mesmerizing and joyous event. Beyond the aerial displays, the parade features a vibrant array of floats, marching bands from across the U.S., and numerous clown groups, with around 8,000 individuals participating.

Marking its 97th occurrence since its inception in 1924, the parade will be broadcasted live, with Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker of “Today” as hosts on NBC.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

What is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual parade in New York City, featuring large balloons, bands, celebrities, and performances. It marks the beginning of the holiday season.

Who are some of the celebrities performing at the parade this year?

This year’s parade features performances by Cher, Jon Batiste, Bell Biv DeVoe, Brandy, Jessie James Decker, Pentatonix, and Miss America 2023 Grace Stanke.

Are there any new balloons in the Macy’s Parade this year?

Yes, new balloons debuting this year include Leo the lizard from a Netflix film, and a special Beagle Scout Snoopy balloon, celebrating 50 years since Snoopy’s first appearance in Peanuts comics.

Where does the Macy’s Parade take place and where does it end?

The parade starts on Manhattan’s upper west side, travels alongside Central Park, and ends in front of Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street.

What makes this year’s Macy’s Parade special?

This year’s parade includes a mix of new and returning balloons, a star-studded lineup of performers, and marks the 97th occurrence of the event since its inception in 1924.

More about Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Official Site
  • History of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Cher’s First Christmas Album
  • Beagle Scout Snoopy and Peanuts History
  • Macy’s Flagship Store on 34th Street
  • NBC’s Coverage of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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