It’s the best Thanksgiving tradition that doesn’t involve food or football: the Thanksgiving Day parade! This year’s spectacular features Grace VanderWaal, Miranda Lambert and a whole mess of giant balloons. Get all the need-to-know info about when it starts and how to watch.
When is the Thanksgiving Day Parade?
There’s actually two! The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2016, and it takes place on Nov. 24. It will broadcast from New York City, New York, as giant balloons of everyone from Pikachu to Charlie Brown to Trolls will pass along 6th Ave. The parade runs from 9:00 AM ET to 12:00 PM ET, so tune in before the big dinner starts.
Additionally, the CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade will also broadcast from 9:00 AM ET to 12:00 PM ET. CBS’s parade (now in its 56th year) will also feature portions of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, according to the parade’s press release.
How can I watch the Thanksgiving Day parade?
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade will be broadcast on NBC while the CBS Thanksgiving Day parade will be on (surprise, surprise) CBS. However, for those fans that want to see it on the go, the Macy’s parade will be streaming live via Verizon’s YouTube page, according to Variety.
Are there any new balloons this year?
Yep! There will be 16 giant character balloons on top of 27 “novelty balloons,” “balllonicles” and “trycaloons,” according to NJ.com. New additions include characters from Trolls and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Charlie Brown will return to the parade, along with Felix The Cat (his first appearance since 1930,) Elf on the Shelf, SpongeBob SquarePants, and The Sinclair Oil Dino.
What else will happen at the Thanksgiving Day parade?
Expect the Radio City Rockettes to sparkle and dazzle the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, as the famous New York City dance troupe will high-kick off the holiday season. Broadway will also be all over the parade, as there will be performances from Holiday Inn, Waitress, Paramour and Cats. There will also be a special sneak peek at NBC’s Hairspray Live!, which will premiere on Dec. 7.
On the CBS Thanksgiving Day parade, there will be performances from The Color Purple, On Your Feet! and School of Rock. Sting, 65, and Miranda Lambert, 33, will also perform during the CBS parade, while Grace VanderWaal, 12, Sarah McLachlan, 48, Maddie & Tae, Brett Eldredge, 30, and more will rock the Macy’s parade. Awesome!
Are you excited for the Thanksgiving Day parades, HollywoodLifers?