The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Is On!

Leigh Crandall
·3 mins read

From Woman's Day

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and while you may celebrate a bit differently this year, many of the best Thanksgiving traditions (a Thanksgiving meal of your favorite dishes like mashed potatoes, roast turkey, and pumpkin pie, for example) will still carry on. One big tradition people across the world look forward to is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, held annually in New York City. Every year brings incredible performances, surprise guests, show-stopping floats, and, of course, giant balloons of beloved characters. While Macy's is planning some new innovations for the 2020 parade (the 94th rendition!) it's still bound to start the holiday season off on a festive note.

Here, we've rounded up answers to all your frequently asked questions about the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, from when it will take place to how to watch to how the parade has changed over the years. Read on to find out everything we know about the event so far and be sure to check out our ideas for making your Thanksgiving a fun and memorable one, from easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids to the best Thanksgiving songs to play on Turkey Day to the funniest Thanksgiving puns.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Photo credit: Ira L. Black - Corbis - Getty Images

What is the history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been presented every year since 1924 in New York City by the department store, located in Manhattan's Herald Square. The event has changed quite a bit since its beginning: The first parade included elephants and donkeys and was known as "Macy's Christmas Parade," though it was still held on Thanksgiving. In 1927 the first giant balloon, Felix the Cat, made its debut, and it moved from being played on local channels to being broadcast on NBC in 1952. Snoopy, the ballon that holds the record for most versions, was first flown in 1968.

When is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020?

Like the name says, the parade kicks off Thanksgiving Day every year. This year Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 26.


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Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images

Where does the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade take place?

Traditionally the parade makes its way along a route that runs through Manhattan in New York City.

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Photo credit: EuropaNewswire/Gado - Getty Images

What time does the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade begin?

Every year, the parade begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. Ideal timing for a Thanksgiving brunch viewing!

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Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images

Who will be performing at this year's parade?

The lineup for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020 hasn't been announced yet, but we'll update you as soon as we know!

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Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images

Do parade performers actually sing live?

No. Performers are asked to lip sync because of the technical restrictions of the parade floats. Here's a bit more from one of 2018's performers, John Legend:

How can I watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year?

NBC traditionally hosts the annual broadcast of the parade, and there will likely be a way to livestream the event, too. We'll have further details how and when to tune in closer to Thanksgiving!

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Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images

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