About the Show
The nation's most beloved spectacle, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual tradition on NBC.
To kick off the holiday season, more than 8,000 participants 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.
The star power on Thanksgiving Day comes courtesy of hosts Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie of NBC's "Today," and performers from music, film, sports, theater and television.
From its modest beginnings in 1924, with only about a dozen elements to the grand spectacular we know today, the Macy's Parade line-up unfolds each year with breathtaking pageantry. In 2013, the line-up features 15 giant character balloons; 37 large scale novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 30 floats; 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers; 900 clowns; 11 marching bands; and a host of celebrity performers. The 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began at 77th Street and Central Park West then traveled to Columbus Circle, then onto Central Park South and then marched down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the Parade made its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy's Herald Square.
Details about the 2014 parade are still to come.