This year's parade will feature artists like Kelly Rowland and Carrie Underwood and will include 15 giant balloons and 28 floats.
The 95th Thanksgiving Parade of Macy's Thursday will be significantly different from last year's limited celebration, which was reduced to a single block with spectators discouraged from stepping out.
About 6,500 people will come together to work on this year's parade, which will follow a 4 km route through New York City, starting on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and ending in Midtown. Everyone who participates in the parade must be vaccinated, but there is no obligation to vaccinateation for spectators.
Here's what you need to know about this year's festivities.
How can I watch the parade? Image
Watch the balloons inflated for the parade. The best places to see the parade itself include locations on Central Park West and Sixth Avenue. Credit ... Hiroko Masuike / The Hfrance.fr
The fashion show will be televised starting at 9 a.m. on NBC, Telemundo and the Peacock streaming service.
Al Roker, Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie from the show "Today " will host the show, which ends at noon.
Where is the parade?
The parade will start at 9 am at West 77th Street and Central Park West, but there will be little or no public there.
Many fans will arrive along the course from 6 am to have spots with a breathtaking view of the artists. The best places to see the parade include Central Park West from West 75th to West 61st Street and Sixth Avenue from West 59th to West 38th Street.
You can find a map of the route here .
Who will be in the parade? Image About 6,500 vaccinated people will gather to run this year's parade, which will follow a 2.5 mile route through New York City. Credit ... Hiroko Masuike / The Hfrance.fr
Parade performers will include Jon Batiste, Kelly Rowland, Nelly, Mickey Guyton and Carrie Underwood.
Some of the youngest participants will include the Ballet Hispanico dance school, the Young People 's Chorus of New York and a group of competitive string jumpers. Ten high school and college marching bands - including the Hampton University Marching Force - will also fill the streets. (Children under 12 will not be allowed to participater at the parade itself this year, but will be allowed as spectators.)
There will also be 15 giant balloons and 28 floats. Some of the the balloons will be as tall as four story buildings or as wide as six taxis.
A balloon looking like Grogu - a character from "The Mandalorian " who is also known as Baby Yoda - will fly over the parade on Thursday, the first time a " Star War balloonwill be part of the festivities.
Ada from Netflix "Ada Twist, Scientist will also make its balloon debut this year. The pen hidden behind its ear measures 27 r pens in a row.
Pokemon celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new balloon of Pikachu and his friend Eevee sitting on a sled - the blades of which are the same length as a semi-trailer truck.
While McDonald ' Its a Ronald McDonald balloon in the parade since 1987, this year it will launch a new design. Ronald McDonald's balloon will contain a giant red heart.
" Ronald shares his heart with us at a time when we all need a little more love "the Macy's website reads.