Santa Claus attends the 95th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2021 in New York City.
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How to Watch the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade


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Gather your family for a new installment in a time-honored Thanksgiving tradition, because the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is returning to the streets of Manhattan for its 96th year on Thursday, Nov. 24. This year's parade is set to feature elaborate new floats, balloons, and music to celebrate holiday, and plenty of celebrities, musicians and special guests will be in attendance. No time to see who or what will be at this year's parade between baking potatoes and basting your turkey? Don't worry! Here's an official guide on how to catch all the holiday fun during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2022.

How to Watch

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

The parade will air on NBC, and its affiliate channel CBS. But for those who have cut the cord, fear not! The parade will also be streaming on NBC and CBS's respective streaming apps, Peacock and Paramount+. Don't have either? Another thing to be grateful for this holiday is that because the parade will be airing on NBC, any streaming service with that channel will let you watch the parade. This includes Hulu + Live TV, Youtube TV, fuboTV, and Sling TV--all of which have free trials if you're there just for the turkey (like certain family members this Thanksgiving).

Regardless of where you're watching it, the parade will start at 9 a.m. and run until 12 p.m. in all time zones, so friends on the West Coast won't have to wake up early to catch this spectacular show. Today hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will be on hand to host the yearly celebration. The parade will begin its route at 77th Street and Central Park West, after which it will move from Central Park West to Columbus Circle, down 6th Avenue to 34th street before ending at the iconic Macy's store at Macy's Herald Square.

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What to Expect

Santa at 95th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Fans and viewers can expect the parade's traditional colorful, flashy floats and balloons during the 96th celebration. In all, the parade will feature 16 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 40 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 700 clowns, 12 marching bands and 10 performance groups, musical artists, and of course, Santa Claus. A total of 5,000 volunteers will be working together to make the massive event happen.

Parade Performers

Rockettes performing at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The parade will include plenty of musical performances, including appearances from country singers Cam, Jordan Davis and Blanco Brown. Starting off the day, Lea Michele and the cast of Broadway's Funny Girl will perform a piece from the famed musical. Broadway will also be represented with cast members from A Beautiful Noise, Some Like It Hot, Disney's The Lion King and the Radio City Rockettes. The show will see additional performances and appearances from Paula Abdul, Big Time Rush, Gloria, Sasha and Emily Estefan, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Fitz and the Tantrums,  Kirk Franklin, Mario Lopez and family, Ziggy Marley, Jordin Sparks, Dionne Warwick and many more.

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New Parade Floats

Sesame street parade float Macy's Thanksgivingn Day Parade

Some charming new parade floats will be making their debut at this year's celebration. One of these floats will feature none other than Toys "R" Us's memorable mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, as he makes his way down the street, inviting everyone to dance along with him. Another new float this year will be the People of First Light's float, which has been designed to honor and celebrate the history and culture of the Native Wabanaki people. PinkFong's Baby Shark will also be  making an appearance at this year's parade, led by his family members Mommy and Daddy Shark on an amazing aquatic-themed float. An astounding float themed around Netflix's new adventure film Slumberland, sporting a towering bed with legs bed is also set to appear at this year's parade. And finally, Wonder bread will be presenting a parade float with Wonder Bread themed ship named "The Wondership" which boasts to be just as light and airy as the bread it's named after.

Any fans looking to watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2022 in person in New York City may do so at the public viewing areas set up and managed by NYPD. More information can be found here.

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