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90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off holiday season

View the 2016 Macy's Parade route map and list of entries below

The Hawaii All-State Marching Band will perform with 620 members from 40 schools in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. NEW YORK (Nov. 22, 2016) — As the nation gathers to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends, the biggest spectacle of the holiday season returns when the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade travels the streets of New York City on Thursday, November 24 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 2016 features 16 giant character balloons; 12 marching bands; 26 floats; 1,000 clowns; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; 27 novelty balloons; plus a host of celebrity performers.

In honor of the 90th parade, the lineup will include a replica of the historic "Felix the Cat" balloon which was the first character balloon to appear in the event. Felix is modeled after the original 1927 design and will be carried on poles in the same fashion as it was carried when it debuted in the third Macy's Parade.

Macy's Parade Route Map

2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Route. Click to view larger version of map. The 90th 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.

Fans can kick off their parade experience early by downloading the free Macy's Parade Time Traveler App from the iTunes App Store or from Google Play.

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 Holiday Inn. Viewers will also get a sneak preview performance from NBC's Hairspray Live.

2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Lineup

The 90th Macy's Parade will be a crowd-pleasing spectacle. The iconic Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the rest of the Muppets will kick off the celebration as only they can, with their signature musical and comedic revelry. Cutting the ribbon at the head of the parade will be executive producer Amy Kule who will be joined by U.S. Paralympic stars Tatyana and Hannah McFadden.

Macy's will introduce three new giant character balloons this year, including the return of Charlie Brown, a colorful and whimsical Diary of A Wimpy Kid, and the stars of DreamWorks' Trolls. The balloon lineup also features a replica of the parade's first balloon star, Felix the Cat.

2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade The float lineup brings four new additions including The Aloha Spirit by King's Hawaiian; Building A Better World by Girl Scouts of the USA; Deck the Halls by Balsam Hill; and Fun House by Krazy Glue.

Following is the list of 2016 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
• Hello Kitty
• Ice Age's Scrat and his Acorn
• Paddington
• Pikachu
• Pillsbury Doughboy The Elf on the Shelf is one of the giant balloons set to appear in the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24.
• Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger
• Ronald McDonald
• Skylanders Eruptor
• SpongeBob SquarePants
• Thomas the Tank Engine
• DreamWorks' Trolls
• The parade also boasts a reproduction of the Felix the Cat balloon from the 1920s and 27 novelty/ornament balloons and balloonicles.

• Cary Senior High School, Cary, NC
• Grain Valley High School, Grain Valley, MO
• Greendale High School, Greendale, WI
• Harrison High School, Kennesaw, GA
• Hendrickson High School, Pflugerville, TX
• Joe E. Newsome High School, Lithia, FL
• Macy's Great American Marching Band, USA
• Na Koa Ali'i Hawaii All-State Marching Band, HI
• NYPD Marching Band, New York, NY
• Prospect High School, Prospect, IL
• United States Military Academy Band, West Point
• West Virginia University Mountaineer Marching Band, Morgantown, WV

• 1-2-3 Sesame Street
• The Aloha Spirit
• At the Ball Game
• Big Apple
• Big City Cheer!
• Building A Better World
• China's Chengdu - Home of the Giant 4 Panda
• The Colonel's Road Trip to NYC
• The Cranberry Cooperative
• Deck the Halls
• Discover Adventure!
• Free to Play
• Frozen Fall Fun
• Fun House
• Girl-Powered Spinning Machine
• Heartwarming Holiday Countdown
• It's All Rock & Roll
• Mount Rushmore's American Pride
• On The Roll Again
• Santa's Sleigh
• Snoopy's Doghouse
• Stirrin' Up Sweet Sensations
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
• Tom Turkey
• Treasure Hunt
• Winter Wonderland In Central Park
• The parade will also feature special units including McDonald's Big Red Shoe Car; Mother Ginger, Nutracker and Mouse King; Mounted Parks Enforcement Patrol and NYPD Mounted Unit; and the Planters Nutmobile.

• Kilgore Rangerettes, Kilgore, TX
• National Dance Institute, New York, NY
• Sayat Nova Dance Company, Boston, MA
• Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, Alameda, CA
• Spirit of America Cheer, USA
• Spirit of America Dance Stars, USA
• The parade also features 1,000 clowns.

• Kelsea Ballerini
• Tony Bennett
• Aloe Blacc
• Chloe x Halle
• Easton Corbin
• Daya
• De La Soul
• Diamante Eléctrico
• Brett Eldredge
• Fitz & the Tantrums
• Christopher Jackson
• Johnnyswim
• Sandra Lee
• Maddie & Tae
• Sarah McLachlan
• NHL legends Adam Graves and Eric Lindros
• Ben Rector
• Regina Spektor
• The cast and Muppets of Sesame Street
• Sprout's Chica
• Timeflies
• U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Michelle Carter, Laurie Hernandez and Claressa Shields
• U.S. Paralympic Gold Medalists Mikey Brannigan, Gianfranco Iannotta
• Grace VanderWaal
• Jacob Whitesides

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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