One of our favorite holidays is almost here—Thanksgiving! There's so much to love about autumn, from falling leaves to turkey dinners to festive DIY projects galore, but one of our favorite traditions of all is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The enormous star-studded spectacle, which takes place annually in New York City, is one of the most highly-anticipated televised events of the year for kids and grown-ups alike.
And this year, the 93rd rendition of the parade is shaping up to be no different, thanks to another epic roster of performances, guest appearances, and new floats.
Whether you plan to watch the floats and Broadway performances in person or from the comfort of your living room couch, you're probably starting to get excited for what's to come in November—but you've likely also got a few logistical questions too. And that's where we come in!
Here, we've rounded up all the answers to your most frequently-asked questions about the big event, including how to watch the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and what time it begins, what channel to find it on, how to live stream it from your computer, the history of the Macy's Parade, and more. Find our answers below—then be sure to check out our other, equally helpful Thanksgiving ideas for well-considered menus, delectable pie recipes, and kids' crafts.
When is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2019?
The date's right there in the name! All the fun goes down on Thanksgiving Day. This year, Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 28—the fourth Thursday of the month.
Where does the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade take place?
Every year, the parade takes place right in the heart of the Big Apple. It's set to begin at 77th Street and Central Park West in New York City, before heading south to 34th Street and concluding around Macy's Herald Square. If you happen to be in the area, the best place to watch the action will probably be around West 38th Street and 6th Avenue, because higher street numbers may be closed off to the public.
What time does the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade start?
Every year, the parade begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. Perfect timing for a breakfast viewing party!
Who'll be performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year?
Between Broadway actors, sequin-clad dancers, and top-tier musical guests, there's a lot to look forward to when it comes to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day lineup. This year's lineup hasn't yet been announced, but Macy's never disappoints—and we're looking forward to a thrilling talent roster as always. Check back to this page for more details closer to the event.
Do they actually sing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?
The short (and somewhat surprising) answer is: No. Musical guests are asked to lip sync instead due to the technical limitations of the floats. Last year, John Legend and Rita Ora clarified this for their fans in a series of tweets.
“Fun fact. We all have to lip sync on this parade because the floats don’t have the capacity to handle the sound requirements for a live performance," commented Legend. "Hope y’all enjoyed it anyway. Know that if you come to my shows, the vocals are 100% live!”
Fun fact @johnlegend thank you for clarifying what I was about to also tweet. It’s annoying for us but anyway! All my shows are 100 percent live always have been! When you come to a ORA show get ready! Back to holidays! Have a good one guys! :) X https://t.co/pO5hnnQgvg— Rita Ora 🧡 (@RitaOra) November 22, 2018
What channel is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on?
NBC hosts the annual broadcast of the parade (plus an encore broadcast later in the day). We'll have further details on what you can expect from the network closer to the month of Thanksgiving!
Can I live stream the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?
You certainly can. If you don't have access to a television, you can view the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade online at nbc.com/live.
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