What are you most thankful for this year? Your Thanksgiving feast? Family and friends? Your TiVo Roamio? Or maybe, it’s the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has become a must watch show for countless families on Thanksgiving. This annual show draws nearly 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide! Whether you watch for the floats, marching bands, live music, silly host commentary or chance at the first glimpse of Santa Clause, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has become a popular tradition to kick off the holiday season.
Originally named the Macy’s Christmas Parade in 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returns on Thursday, November 28 for its 87th year of magic! The first year was an incredible success, with spectators joining in the march instead of watching from the sidelines. Macy’s thus decided to create the institution that is now the annual parade, adding floats and balloons televised on NBC.
Kicking off this year’s holiday season with its annual “let’s have a parade” commencement, many new floats, stars and performers will march down the streets of Manhattan bringing joy to millions. Hosts Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Gunthrie will guide viewers along the march, with appearances from Cirque du Soleil, Fall Out Boy, the Duck Dynasty gang, NHL and NFL legends, Gavin DeGraw and countless others!
The first hour of the broadcast will feature special guest Carrie Underwood, accompanied by her costars from the upcoming production The Sound of Music Live! In honor of The Wizard of Oz’s 75th anniversary, a 47-foot tall giant hot air balloon adorned with portraits of the film’s cast will be added to this year’s mix. Jimmy Fallon and The Roots will team up with the cast of Sesame Street and a few surprises you can expect to see during the parade.
If you are in New York, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to inflate all those balloons featured in the parade, by watching the inflation on Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 3-10 p.m. just off Central Park West between 77th St. and 81st St.
For those of you stuck in the kitchen, busy with holiday food prep, be sure to set your TiVo to record the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, airing Thanksgiving morning starting at 9a.m. ET on NBC!