It’s time for the annual Turkey Day Tradition of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. This year is its 95th extravaganza, broadcast on NBC, which has been the parade’s official broadcast home since 1953. “Today” show anchors Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker are hosting the festivities for NBC. While Ana Jurka and Carlos Adyan, Freddy Lomelí, and the current Miss Universe, Andrea Meza, will anchor the Spanish-language simulcast on Telemundo.
The celebrity appearances are headlined by Dancing With the Stars alumni Jimmie Allen, Andy Grammer, Nelly, and Jordan Fisher. Grammer was 7th in season 21 with partner Allison Holker, Allen was recently 7th in season 30 with partner Emma Slater, Nelly was 3rd in season 29 with Daniella Karagach and Fisher won the Mirrorball Trophy in season 25 with Partner Lindsay Arnold.
Other performers include Jon Batiste, “Blue’s Clues & You!” host Josh Dela Cruz and the former hosts of “Blue’s Clues” Steve Burns and Donovan Patton, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Foreigner, the cast of Peacock’s “Girls5eva” (Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, Busy Philipps), Mickey Guyton, Chris Lane, Miss America Camille Schrier, the cast and Muppets of “Sesame Street,” Kim Petras, Kelly Rowland, Rob Thomas, Tai Verdes, Zoe Wees, Tauren Wells — and of course, Santa Claus.
Additionally, “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood will be doing a special performance from her new album “My Gift,” plus there will be performances from the Broadway casts of “SIX,” “Moulin Rouge!”, and “Wicked.” A sneak peek at NBC’s next live musical, “Annie Live!”, which premieres December 2 on NBC. The Radio City Rockettes will be kicking things up a notch with a high-stepping performance in Herald Square.
The new balloons for 2021 include “Ada Twist, Scientist” from Netflix, a Funko Pop! inspired “Grogu” (aka Baby Yoda) from the “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian”, a new “Ronald McDonald” balloon from McDonald’s and “Pikachu” and “Eevee” from the Pokemon International Company. There will also be several inflatable vehicles, balloonicles, and trycaloons. In 2021, the parade will debut six new floats:
The parade also includes 10 marching bands from around the country, dancers from the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance, the Broadway Education Alliance Youth Choir, dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studios, St. John’s Dance Team, Spirit of America and dance stars, the Young People’s Chorus of NYC and many, many more. The 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on Thursday, November 25th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in all time zones on NBC.