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Macy's Announced Lineup and What's New for the 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Announced Lineup and What's New for the 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

This iconic Thanksgiving tradition kicks off the holidays with performances, balloons, floats, and Santa Claus’s first in-person appearance of the season.

Macy’s announced today the official lineup of the 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, including musical guests, performance groups, the participating marching bands, the character balloons, floats, clowns, and more. The parade will be held on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 22) from 9am-12pm, and will be aired on NBC with hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker.

Balloons debuting for the 2018 Thanksgiving Day Parade include Fleck, Bjorn, Jojo, and Hugg from Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles (they’re also the first Netflix balloons to be featured in the parade!) and Goku from Dragon Ball Super: Broly will join the giant balloons; the streets of Manhattan will turn into a giant bowling lane with the new Go Bowling balloonicles; and Three Baby Dinos balloonicles will join the Sinclair DINO balloon. New floats include a new-and-improved Tom Turkey float, which will lead the parade; Kinder’s Chocolate Fantasy Factory; Elf on the Shelf’s Santa’s Saint Bernards Save Christmas (based on the Elf Pets Christmas special of the same name); and Kalahari Resorts and Conventions’ Splashing Safari Adventure, 

Twelve marching bands will join the festivities, including The Ohio State University Marching Band from Columbus, OH; NYPD Marching Band; James Madison University Royal Dukes from Harrisonburg, VA; and Cicero-North Syracuse High School Northstars Marching Band from Cicero, NY. This year’s performers include the Bearnaked Ladies, Joh Legend, Leona Lewis, Martina McBride, Pentatonix, Sugarland, Ashley Tisdale, Mackenzie Ziegler, Tegan Marie, Rita Ora, and Johnny Orlando. The classic Thanksgiving Day Parade clowns, Spirit of America Cheer, Spirit of America Dancers, Fred Astaire Dance Studios, and the Radio City Rockettes round out the parade lineup.

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If you want to catch a glimpse of the parade in person, it will start at West 77th Street on the Upper West Side, marching south on Central Park West to 59th Street. Then, it will head east along Central Park South, turn south through Midtown on Sixth Avenue, and then head west on 34th Street where it will end in front of Macy’s in Herald Square. Of course, you can always stay cozy in your pajamas at home and watch it live with Guthrie, Kotb, and Roker!

Main image: This year will mark Ronald McDonald's 25th consecutive year in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Kent Miller