The 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will make its way through Manhattan with traditional balloons and floats, new arrivals, celebrity appearances and Broadway musical performances.
Audiences can expect to hear performances from famous musicians including Andy Grammar, Daughtry, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, Rachel Platten, Pat Benatar, Mariah Carey, Questlove with the Muppets from “Sesame Street,” Trey Songz, Jordin Sparks and Train.
Kicking off the day with the world-famous Radio City Rockettes, the parade will also feature performances from Cirque du Soleil with musical numbers from Broadway shows including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Finding Neverland,” “The King & I,” “On Your Feet!” and “Something Rotten!,” with an appearance by the cast of the new musical, “School of Rock” on the “It’s All Rock and Roll” float.
Audiences will also receive a sneak preview performance from the cast of NBC’s “The Wiz,” featuring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Ne-Yo, airing live on Thursday, Dec. 3.
The parade will additionally feature 27 floats, 17 giant character balloons, 24 novelty balloonicles and trycaloons, 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers, over 1,000 clowns and 12 marching bands from around the country.
This year, four new balloons will make their way through the streets of New York City including Angry Birds’ Red by Rovio Entertainment, the legendary mascot DINO by Sinclair Oil, Scrat the saber-toothed squirrel from the film series “Ice Age” by Twentieth Century Fox and an updated Ronald McDonald, debuting in his fourth giant balloon appearance.
Returning iconic balloons include the Elf on the Shelf, Hello Kitty, Toothless from “How to Train Your Dragon,” Pikachu, the Pillsbury Doughboy, Snoopy & Woodstock, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Koolaid Man and many others.
The parade will also welcome six new floats to the lineup including “Big City Cheer” by Spirit of America Productions, “The Colonel’s Road Trip to NYC” by Kentucky Fried Chicken, “The Cranberry Cooperative” by Ocean Spray, “Discover Adventure!” by Build-A-Bear, “Heartwarming Holiday Countdown” by Hallmark Channel and, celebrating the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Snoopy’s Doghouse” by Peanuts Worldwide.
Returning floats include “1-2-3 Sesame Street,” “Big Apple” by N.Y. Daily News, “At the Ball Game,” “Enchanting World of Lindt Chocolate,” “Tom Turkey,” “Winter Wonderland in Central Park” by Delta Air Lines, “A World at Sea” by Royal Caribbean International, “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride,” “Frozen Fall Fun” by Discover, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Santaland Express” and the grand finale, “Santa’s Sleigh.”
Editor’s Note: Information from Broadwayworld.com, Macys.com and Nydailynews.com was used in this report.