Some Americans run in a turkey trot on Thanksgiving. Others run directly to the couch. If you’re in the latter category, chances are you’ll be tuning in for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Here’s everything you need to know about Thursday’s parade, including how to stream it online even if you don’t have cable.
When does it start?
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Nov. 22.
Where can I watch?
If you have basic cable or satellite, you can watch the parade hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker on your local NBC station. NBC will also show an encore of the parade starting at 2 p.m. Thursday. You can stream the parade live online here or on the NBC app. The parade will also air on CBS starting at 9 a.m. Eastern and 1 p.m. Pacific. Watch it online or on the CBS app. NBC and CBS coverage of the parade will also be available on the networks' apps for Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire and other streaming services.
You can also watch Verizon’s YouTube channel, which will be hosting a 360-degree live stream of the parade. EarthCam will also be streaming the parade as it moves through Columbus Circle.
What balloons will be there?
The parade’s main claim to fame is the larger-than-life balloons along the 2.5 mile parade route. New characters you haven’t seen before will join the balloon lineup, as well as Goku from the “Dragon Ball” series, Greg Heffley from the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, The Grinch and his dog Max, Olaf from “Frozen,” Chase from “Paw Patrol,” Pikachu, the Pillsbury Doughboy, the Red Power Ranger, Ronald McDonald, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Elf on the Shelf, Toothless from “How to Train Your Dragon,” characters from “Trolls,” a Nutcracker and, of course, Charlie Brown.
The floats will feature fun for all ages, including a chocolate factory, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, “Sesame Street,” a replica of Mount Rushmore, Snoopy’s doghouse from “Peanuts” and the reason we all watch the parade: Santa on his sleigh.
Performers include Ashley Tisdale, Bad Bunny, Barenaked Ladies, Bazzi, Diana Ross, John Legend, Kane Brown, Leona Lewis, Mackenzie Ziegler, Martina McBride, Pentatonix, Rita Ora, Sugarland and more.
The parade will also feature 12 marching bands from across the country, two dance groups, a cheerleading group and the Young People’s chorus of New York City.