The 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be broadcast live from New York City starting at 9:00 a.m. ET on Thursday.
While Thanksgiving has changed a great deal since the first Thanksgiving back in 1621, from deep-fried turkeys to the growing popularity of “friendsgiving,” Macy’s annual procession through Manhattan has retained some of its famous floats and balloons for decades– much to the delight of youngsters and nostalgics alike.
Beginning at 77th street and Central Park West, the parade will kick off with a musical number from Kermit and his muppet crew and then proceed down Central Park West before heading east on Central Park South and winding over to Sixth Avenue, ending in front of the Macy’s store at 34th street with Santa and his sleigh.
Lasting a full three hours, the parade will include thousands of participants, from high school marching bands, to pop stars, to clowns, to dance squads, to the Radio City Rockettes, to Olympic athletes, like gold medal-winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez.
The casts of various Broadway shows, including Cats, Paramour, Holiday Inn, and Waitress, will perform in front of the department store on 34th street, in addition to a preview performance from NBC’s Hairspray Live!
The procession will also feature performances by Tony Bennett, Daya, Fitz & the Tantrums, Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson, Ben Rector, Regina Spektor, hip-hop group De La Soul, Sarah McLachlan, Grace VanderWaal who stunned the ‘America’s Got Talent’ audience on the show’s season premiere back in June, Chloe x Halle, Kelsea Ballerini, and many more.
How to Live Stream the 2016 Thanksgiving Day Parade:
The parade will air on NBC starting at 9:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, November 24.