This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marks a special return and will include spectators, unlike last year’s event. It’s lovely news for anyone near New York City, but most of us across the U.S. will have to tune in by watching at home on our TVs. So before you start going ham on turkey prep, get into the holiday spirit with the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Here’s everything you need to know.
The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. on NBC in all time zones and will be available to stream at any time thereafter, or live, on Peacock. When you tune in, you’ll be guided throughout the event by hosts Hoda Kotb, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie. It will also be simulcast on Telemundo with hosts Ana Jurka, Carlos Adyan and Freddy Lomelí.
Macy’s is bringing some K-pop action to your TV. Just hitting their one-year anniversary as a group, Aespa is made up of Karina, Winter, Giselle and Ningning, who released their first EP, Savage, in October. It entered at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning the quartet the highest ranking K-pop girl group debut on the U.S. album chart. Other performers include Andy Grammer, Chris Lane, Darren Chris, Foreigner, Girls5Eva, Jimmie Allen, Jon Batiste, Jordan Fisher, all three Blue’s Clues hosts, Kelly Rowland, Kim Petras, Kristin Chenoweth, Mickey Guyton, Nelly Rob Thomas, Tai Verdes, Tauren Wells and Zoe Wees.
This year’s balloon lineup will feature something pretty historic: the parade’s first-ever Star Wars balloon. Mandalorian star Grogu— better known as Baby Yoda— will grace the skies of New York City, instead of his typical galactic worlds. Other balloons include Pikachu, Ronald McDonald, Macy’s classic “Believe” stars, astronaut Snoopy, Goku and Pillsbury Doughboy, among others.
The parade features 28 exquisite floats, six of which are brand new. In addition to all our favorites, news ones include a Louisiana-themed float, a peacock float (in tribute to the NBC streamer), a Disney cruise ship, a Kalahari Resorts float (featuring an elephant family) and the Heinz Gravy Pirate Boat “ballonicles,” which is part balloon, part float. Per tradition, Santa Claus will close out the parade.