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How to watch the 2023 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade today

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: Dancers pose for a photo at the start of  the 96th-annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2022 in New York City. The annual Macy’s parade includes 16 giant character balloons, 28 floats, and 12 marching bands. Organizers expected more than 2.5 million spectators to come out for it.  (Photo by Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images)
This year's annual Macy’s parade will include 31 floats and 25 giant balloons. (Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

Thanksgiving is a holiday for food, family and a monstrously sized Snoopy balloon parading its way towards Macy’s Herald Square. That’s right, it’s almost time for the 97th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! This year, the Macy’s Parade will kick off a half-hour earlier to fit more festive floats, awe-inspiring balloons and magical performances into the lineup. Thursday’s parade will feature 31 floats, 25 balloons and performances by Cher, Jon Batiste and the Broadway casts of & Juliet, Back to the Future: The Musical, How to Dance in Ohio, Shucked and more. So before you sit down for your Turkey Day dinner with the family and get ready to do some Black Friday shopping, make sure you check out the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the parade this year.

When is the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

As the name suggests, the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be held, well, on Thanksgiving day. The parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 23.

What channel is the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on?

This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will air on NBC and stream on Peacock on Thanksgiving Day from 8:30 a.m. to noon in all time zones. An encore airing of the parade will also begin at 2 p.m. on NBC. If you have access to live TV, you may have NBC free over the air. If not, here’s what we recommend for how to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Who is performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Cher will perform at this year’s Thanksgiving parade to celebrate the release of her new Christmas album. The performance slate also includes Jon Batiste, Bell Biv DeVoe; Brandy; Chicago; En Vogue; ENHYPEN; David Foster and Katharine McPhee; Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors; Jessie James Decker; Ashley Park with the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street; Pentatonix; Paul Russell; Amanda Shaw and Alex Smith; and Manuel Turizo.

The parade will also feature performances from this year’s Broadway hits, including & Juliet, Back to the Future: The Musical, How to Dance in Ohio, Shucked, Spamalot and the Radio City Rockettes. Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells, the stars of Broadway’s new show Gutenberg! The Musical! will serve as special live correspondents throughout the parade.

What floats are in the Macy’s parade this Thanksgiving?

There will be 31 floats in this year’s Macy’s parade, four of which are brand new floats making their debut this Thanksgiving, like the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem float by Nickelodeon and Paramount. The float lineup includes Tom Turkey, Santa's Sleigh, Winter Dragon, Pinkfong Baby Shark and 123 Sesame Street.

2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade balloons

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon floats along Central Park West in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon will appear again in the 2023 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

In 2023, there will be seven new balloons making their debut in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade:

  • Beagle Scout Snoopy

  • Blue Cat and Chugs

  • Kung Fu Panda’s Po

  • Netflix's Leo

  • Monkey D. Luffy

  • The Pillsbury Doughboy

  • Uncle Dan

Returning to the parade this year are Bluey and her favorite “Keepy Uppy” red balloon; Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Dino and Baby Dino; Goku; a Funko Pop!-inspired Grogu; Chase from PAW Patrol; Pokémon Pikachu and Eevee; Red Titan from Ryan’s World; Ronald McDonald, SpongeBob SquarePants and Gary; and Stuart the Minion.

Who is hosting this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker of The Today Show will host NBC’s broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade this year.

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