The nation’s most beloved spectacle, the Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, returns for the 87th year of magic on Thursday, Nov. 28 (9 a.m.-noon) throughout the country on NBC.
This year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will include performances from Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Kellie Pickler, The Robertson’s from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” as well as the Big Apple Circus, Kristin Chenoweth, Cherokee National Youth Choir, Chica and the gang from Sprout, Cirque du Soleil(R), Gavin DeGraw, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots with the cast of “Sesame Street,” Fifth Harmony, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Jack Hannah, Megan Hilty, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Sandra Lee, Cher Lloyd, Austin Mahone, Mannheim Steamroller, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, NFL legends Bart Oates, Amani Toomer and Hines Ward, NHL legends Cam Neely and Mike Richter, Debby Ryan, Richard Simmons, and The Summer Set. Hosts of the event include NBC’s Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie of “Today.”
Enhancing the Parade’s signature entertainment will be the world-famous Radio City Rockettes(R) helping to kick-off the holidays, along with performances from Broadway’s best musicals including “Matilda,” “Motown: The Musical” and more. In addition, the first-hour of the national broadcast will feature a special appearance by Carrie Underwood and members of the cast of NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!”
To kick off the holiday season, more than 8,000 participants will march through the streets of Manhattan at the sound of the time-honored words “Let’s Have a Parade.” Against a backdrop of more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide, the parade’s signature elements, including its giant balloons, floats of fantasy, performers and the one-and-only Santa Claus, will ring in the holiday season with unrivaled celebration.
“For millions of families each year, Thanksgiving Day isn’t complete without tuning in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment. “We are thrilled to once again broadcast this national celebration to kick off the holiday season.”