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91st Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off holiday season

View the 2017 Macy's Parade route map and list of entries below

Rosemount High School will be the first Minnesota band to perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1989. NEW YORK (Nov. 21, 2017) — As the nation gathers to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends, the biggest spectacle of the holiday season returns when the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade travels the streets of New York City on Thursday, November 23 at 9:00 AM.

More than 8,000 participants donning costumes, handling giant balloons or striking up the band will travel through Manhattan at the sound of the time-honored phrase, "Let's Have a Parade." With an audience of 3.5 million along the parade route and 50 million viewing the nationwide telecast, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation's most beloved holiday pageant.

From its humble beginnings in 1924 to the breathtaking spectacle of today, the Macy's Parade lineup unfolds each year in grand fashion. The parade's lineup for 2017 features 17 giant character balloons; 12 marching bands; 26 floats; 1,000 clowns; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; 28 legacy balloons; plus a host of celebrity performers.

The painstaking process of creating a Macy's Parade float is both a creative and technical endeavor. Macy's Parade floats are often three stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide, but must collapse to no more than 12.5 feet tall and 8 feet wide in order to travel safely from the New Jersey home of the Parade Studio to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel. The creations are engineering marvels as well as works of art.

Macy's Parade Route Map

2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Route. Click to view larger version of map. The 91st Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will step off at 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will travel down to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy's Herald Square.

NBC Telecast Begins at 9 AM in All Time Zones

Americans coast-to-coast can share in the magic of the parade through NBC-TV's national telecast hosted by the TODAY Show's Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. The telecast will air from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon in all time zones.

Ahead of the parade, the national broadcast will showcase the Radio City Rockettes and the best theatrical productions currently playing on Broadway, including Anastasia, Dear Evan Hansen, Once On This Island and SpongeBob SquarePants - The Broadway Musical.

To give fans another unique viewing opportunity, Macy's, along with NBCUniversal and Verizon will once again take viewers closer to the magic via up close and personal views of the event through a 360-degree livestream of the parade on Verizon's YouTube page. The stream, found at, will be synced with the start of the parade.

2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Lineup

Macy's will introduce four new giant character balloons this year, including Frozen's Olaf, Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, PAW Patrol and Jett from Super Wings. Olaf will be the tallest balloon in this year's parade (60 feet high) and Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger will be the longest (77 feet).

2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade The float lineup brings six new additions including Everyone's Favorite Bake Shop by Entenmann's; Harvest in the Valley by Green Giant; Parade Day Mischief by Sour Patch Kids; Shimmer and Shine by Nickelodeon; Universal Playground by Sprout; and Macy's Singing Christmas Tree by Delta Air Lines.

Following is the list of 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade entries (all talent, performances, line-up and information is subject to change).

• Angry Birds' Red
• Charlie Brown
• Diary of A Wimpy Kid
• Sinclair Oil's Dino
• The Elf on the Shelf
• Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
• Hello Kitty
• Ice Age's Scrat and his Acorn
• Jett from Super Wings
• Olaf
• Paw Patrol
• Pikachu
• Pillsbury Doughboy The new Olaf balloon completed a test flight earlier this month and is ready to debut in the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
• Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger
• Ronald McDonald
• SpongeBob SquarePants
• DreamWorks' Trolls
• The parade also boasts a reproduction of the Harold the Baseball Player balloon, as featured in the 1947 classic film Miracle on 34th Street.

• Colony High School Marching Band, Palmer, Alaska
• Davis High School Marching Band, Kaysville, Utah
• Macy's Great American Marching Band, USA
• Nation Ford High School Marching Band, Fort Mill, South Carolina
• NYPD Marching Band, New York, NY
• Ohio University Marching 110, Athens, Ohio
• Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm, Prairie View, Texas
• Rockford High School Marching Band, Rockford, Michigan
• Rosemount High School Marching Band, Rosemount, Minnesota
• Trumbull High School Golden Eagle Marching Band, Trumbull, Connecticut
• United States Air Force Band, Washington, DC
• West Harrison High School Marching Band, Gulfport, Mississippi

• 1-2-3 Sesame Street
• The Aloha Spirit
• The Big Apple
• Big City Cheer!
• Building A Better World
• The Colonel's Road Trip to NYC
• The Cranberry Cooperative
• Deck the Halls
• Discover Adventure!
• Everyone's Favorite Bake Shop
• Frozen Fall Fun
• Fun House
• Harvest in the Valley
• Heartwarming Holiday Countdown
• It's All Rock & Roll
• Macy's Singing Christmas Tree
• Mount Rushmore's American Pride
• On The Roll Again
• Parade Day Mischief
• Santa's Sleigh
• Shimmer and Shine
• Snoopy's Doghouse
• Stirrin' Up Sweet Sensations
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
• Tom Turkey
• Universal Playground

• 34th & Phunk
• Camp Broadway
• Red Hot Mamas, Post Falls, Idaho
• Spirit of America Cheer, USA
• Spirit of America Dance Stars, USA
• The parade also features 1,000 clowns.

• 98 Degrees
• Lauren Alaina
• Cam
• Sabrina Carpenter
• Andra Day & Common
• Sara Evans
• Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
• Flo Rida
• Goo Goo Dolls
• Kat Graham
• Andy Grammer
• Angelica Hale
• Olivia Holt
• Nicky Jam
• Wyclef Jean
• Bravo's Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio
• Dustin Lynch
• Miss America 2018 Cara Mund
• Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street
• Bebe Rexha
• Smokey Robinson
• Jojo Siwa

A holiday treat for children everywhere, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade's finale features the biggest star of all, the one-and-only Santa Claus. As his sleigh comes into view, Macy's will wish everyone "Happy Holidays" and a "Merry Christmas."

Further information on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade can be obtained by calling the Parade Hotline at 212-494-4495 or by visiting Follow @macys and join the conversation at #MacysParade on various social networks.

See more information on about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and learn what music the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Marching Bands will be playing.

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