About the Show
As the nation gathers to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends, the biggest spectacle of the holiday season returns to entertain millions when the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® returns to NBC on Thursday, November 26. Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie of NBC's Today will anchor the broadcast.
More than 8,000 participants, some donning clown costumes, handling balloon giants or striking up the band, will set off down the streets of Manhattan at the sound of the time-honored catchphrase "Let's Have a Parade." With a live audience more than 3.5 million strong and a nationwide television gathering of more than 50 million viewers, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation's most beloved holiday pageant.
The star power on Thanksgiving Day comes courtesy of performers from music, film, sports, theater and television. As the stars reach their marks on 34th Street, the nation will enjoy their spectacular performances. Joining the festivities this year are the Big Apple Circus, Before You Exit, William Blake, Sabrina Carpenter, Cirque du Soleil, Hilary Duff, Renée Fleming, Becky G, Lucy Hale, Nick Jonas, KISS, Sandra Lee, The Madden Brothers, Idina Menzel, Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, MKTO, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, NEEDTOBREATHE, NHL legends John LeClair and Pat LaFontaine, Pentatonix, Romeo Santos, Cole Swindell, Meghan Trainor, The Vamps, Quvenzhané Wallis and more.
Get set for Thanksgiving Day high-stepping numbers from this season's Tony Award-winning Best Musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," "Honeymoon in Vegas," Sting's "The Last Ship," "On the Town," and "Side Show." The Broadway spectacle will also feature a special sneak preview performance from NBC's "Peter Pan Live!" which premieres December 4.
Kicking off the march will be a special group of children who have embodied the Parade's spirit of teamwork. Throughout their remarkable run this past season at the Little League World Series, Philadelphia's Taney Dragons displayed an inspiring level of collaboration, spirit and camaraderie - as perfectly evidenced by the group's embrace and support of pitcher Mo'ne Davis. In honor of that exemplary effort this year, the Taney Dragons will lead the procession down the streets of Manhattan with Macy's Parade Executive Producer Amy Kule.
From its humble beginnings in 1924 to the breathtaking spectacular of today, the Macy's Parade lineup unfolds each year in grand fashion. It's not just a parade marching down an avenue; it is a march through tradition, history and popular culture. The magic Parade's famed lineup this year features 16 giant character balloons; 33 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 27 floats; 1,300 cheerleaders and dancers; 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands; and a host of celebrity performers.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast is produced by the Emmy-winning Brad Lachman Productions. Brad Lachman serves as executive producer; Bill Bracken serves as producer, and Gary Halvorson directs.
Please note: All talent, performances, lineup and information included are subject to change.