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97th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off holiday season

View the 2023 Macy's Parade route map and list of entries below

2023 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade NEW YORK (Nov. 2, 2023) — As the nation gathers to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends, the 97th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to the streets of New York City on Thursday, November 23 at 8:30 AM. This year's annual Thanksgiving Day celebration will feature a performance by music legend Cher, and the parade will begin 30 minutes earlier than usual in New York and on the official national broadcast.

A special highlight for marching band fans will be The Band Directors Marching Band comprising more than 400 music educators from across the USA.

"Our talented team of Macy's Studios artisans and production specialists work year-round to deliver the nation's most beloved holiday event, live on Thanksgiving morning," said Executive Producer Will Coss. "We are proud to hold this responsibility and look forward to sharing our unbelievable designs, larger-than-life character balloons and first-class entertainment, all sure to create lifelong memories for parade fans nationwide."

The parade lineup for 2023 features 18 giant balloons, 12 marching bands, 26 floats, 700 clowns, 32 novelty balloons plus a host of celebrity performers.

Macy's Parade Route Map

2023 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Route. Click to view larger version of map. The 97th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will step off at 77th Street and Central Park West at 8:30 AM. The procession will travel down to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas. 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 8:30 AM to 12 PM in All Time Zones, Also Streaming on Peacock

Americans coast-to-coast can share in the magic of the parade through NBC-TV's national telecast hosted by the TODAY Show's Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker. The telecast will air from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon in all time zones. Fans can also stream the broadcast on Peacock. The Spanish language simulcast on Telemundo will be hosted by the network's daytime personalities, Carlos Adyan and Andrea Meza.

Ahead of the parade, the national broadcast will showcase Broadway's "& Juliet," "Back to the Future: The Musical," "How To Dance In Ohio," "Shucked," "Spamalot," and the Radio City Rockettes. Stars of Broadway's "Gutenberg! The Musical!," Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells, will appear as special correspondents along the parade route.

2023 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Lineup

Following is the list of 2023 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade entries (all talent, performances, line-up and information is subject to change).

• Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon & White, Huntsville, Alabama
• The Band Directors Marching Band, USA
• Fishers High School Marching Tiger Band, Fishers, Indiana
• Greendale High School Marching Band, Greendale, Wisconsin
• Jenison High School Marching Band, Jenison, Michigan
• Macy's Great American Marching Band, USA
• Mercer Island High School Marching Band, Mercer Island, Washington
• NYPD Marching Band, New York
• O'Fallon Township High School Marching Panthers, O'Fallon, Illinois
• Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights, Piscataway, New Jersey
• Stoneman Douglas High School Eagle Regiment, Parkland, Florida
• Texas Tech University Goin' Band from Raiderland, Lubbock, Texas

The Band Directors Marching Band gave a spectacular debut performance in the 2022 Tournament of Roses Parade, and more than 400 music educators are gathering once again to perform in the 2023 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

• Beagle Scout Snoopy - NEW
• Blue Cat & Chugs - NEW
• Bluey
• Diary of A Wimpy Kid
• DINO and Baby DINO
• Goku
• Grogu
• Kung Fu Panda's Po - NEW
• Leo - NEW
• Monkey D. Luffy - NEW
• Chase from Paw Patrol
• Pikachu & Eevee
• Pillsbury Doughboy - NEW
• Red Titan from "Ryan's World"
• Ronald McDonald
• SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary
• Stuart the Minion
• Uncle Dan - NEW

The inflatable lineup also boasts Sinclair's Baby DINOs, Go Bowling balloonicles, Smokey Bear and Macy's reindeer Tiptoe. The parade also includes A Merry Moment by Universal Orlando Resort featuring candy cane & poinsettia balloons, stilt walkers and dancing Christmas trees.

• 1-2-3 Sesame Street
• Big City Cheer!
• Big Turkey Spectacular
• Birds of a Feather Stream Together
• The Brick-Changer
• Camp Snoopy
• Celebration Gator
• Colossal Wave of Wonder
• Deck the Halls
• The Deliciously Delectable World of Wonka - NEW
• Elf Pets
• Fantasy Chocolate Factory
• Geoffrey's Dazzling Dance Party
• Harvest in the Valley
• Heartwarming Holiday Countdown
• Igniting Memories - NEW
• Macy's Singing Christmas Tree
• Magic Meets the Sea
• Palace of Sweets - NEW
• Pinkfong Baby Shark
• People of First Light
• Santa's Sleigh
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem - NEW
• Tom Turkey
• Winter Wonderland in Central Park
• The Wondership by Wonder
• Plus, specialty units Big Red Shoe Car and Good Burgermobile

• Big Apple Circus
• Cornell Bhangra
• Harlem Globetrotters
• Maria Verdeja School of Arts (MVSA) Dancers
• St. John's Dance
• Spirit of America Dance
• Spirit of America Cheer
• Tap Dancing Christmas Trees
• Tiptoe's Winter Guard, accompanying Tiptoe

• Jon Batiste
• Bell Biv DeVoe
• Brandy
• Chicago
• U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist Jordan Chiles
• En Vogue
• U.S. Paralympian Ezra Frech
• David Foster and Katharine McPhee
• Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
• Jessie James Decker
• U.S. Paralympic Gold Medalist Jessica Long
• Ashley Park with the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street
• Pentatonix
• Radio City Rockettes
• Paul Russell
• Amanda Shaw and Alex Smith
• Miss America 2023 Grace Stanke
• Manuel Turizo

The 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 visiting Follow @macys and join the conversation using #MacysParade on various social networks.

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The Tom Turkey float in the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo by
The Sesame Street float moments before stepping off in the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo by
The Rosemount H.S. Marching Band (MN) rehearsed overnight for the NBC Television cameras ahead of the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo by

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