This year’s Macy’s Day Parade promised to be different. Since 1924, The Macy’s Day Parade has been gracing the streets of Manhattan. The producers of the parade knew they would have to get creative in the year of the COVID-19 pandemic and shifted the format to a television only presentation. This year features Jimmy Fallon and The Roots with special performance from Dolly Parton. The iconic Macy’s Day Parade and their signature character balloons are known for taking over New York City every Thanksgiving.
Some of the characters at this years parade include Astronaut Snoopy, The Boss Baby, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Trolls from Dreamworks Animation and Universal Pictures. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the country’s most watched events with over 50 Million people tuning in each year and this year the traditional 2.5-mile Parade route will not be utilized increasing the potential for television viewership.
Jimmy Fallon opened up the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the team of Today including Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker, backed by The Roots with an energetic performance. This was followed by an introduction to Hamilton with “That Would Be Enough”. Other performances of the parade include the multiplatinum indie pop trio AJR, former 5th Harmony member Ally Brooke, Beba Rexha, Brett Young, Camille Schrier, CNCO and others.
Four of Broadway’s current favorite musicals take center stage at this year’s Macy’s Day Parade. The musicals include Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, Hamilton, Jagged Little Pill, and the Mean Girls cast will perform “Someone Gets Hurt” featuring Reneé Rapp.
Tune in on NBC November 26 beginning at 9 AM ET (the event will also stream on Verizon’s YouTube channel).