2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Guide: Who’s Performing and How to Watch
The 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thursday, November 24 in New York City. Those who’ve watched the annual balloon-festooned event for years — or even decades — have come to cherish watching it as an annual tradition, whether they’re spectating in the streets of Manhattan or cozy in pajamas with a mug of hot cocoa. When does the Thanksgiving Day Parade start? What channel is it on? And which celebrities will we see (and hear) on the floats this year? Here’s everything you need to know.
When Does the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Start? And How Do I Watch?
The event, which turns 90 this year, kicks off at 9AM eastern. For those planning a trek to view it in person, the procession kicks off at 77th and Central Park West in Manhattan, making its way down 6th Avenue and ending at 34th Street near the iconic Herald’s Square Macy’s. Be prepared to stake out a spot as early as 6AM, and wear those warm layers.
Does that sound a little frosty, crowded and far away to you? Fear not — tune in to NBC to watch it on TV at 9AM in all time zones.
Who Is Performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016?
Kelsea Ballerini, Daya, and The Muppets will all perform as part of the parade broadcast, as will 12-year-old America’s Got Talent winner Grace Vanderwaal. Beyonce proteges Chloe and Halle, Regina Spektor and Sarah McLachlan are set to deliver songs too.
Veteran Long Island rap group De La Soul, who returned with an album in 2016, will also make an appearance, as will Fitz and the Tantrums, Tony Bennett, Aloe Blacc, Jacob Whitesides, country acts Brett Eldredge, Easton Corbin and Maddie & Tae, Lunchmoney Lewis, Timeflies, Diamante Electrico and Johnnyswim.
A host of American athletes will also join the festivities, including Olympic gold medalist/Dancing With the Stars contestant Laurie Hernandez, Paralympic gold medalist Mikey Brannigan and Olympic champion boxer Claressa Shields.
Check out a lineup of Thanksgiving Parade balloons, and a nifty 360-degree virtual view of the parade, over on the official Macy’s parade website. And if you’ve simply got to express your excitement in a text or tweet, they’ve got a Thanksgiving Day Parade emoji keyboard you can download and use during the show.
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