Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2022 Details, Including Performers, Floats & Balloons

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Find out how to watch the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, who's performing, all the new floats and more.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is one holiday tradition that really floats our boat!

The cherished celebration is returning for its 96th edition this year with 16 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 12 marching bands, star-studded performances and appearances, the Radio City Rockettes and, of course, Santa Claus.

“Since its first march in 1924 and through the decades, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has served to bring joy to the millions who gather nationwide each year to experience it with friends and family,” Will Coss, executive producer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, said in a statement. “This November, as we once again set the stage for the start of the holiday season, we are thrilled to showcase another spectacle full of magic and wonder that will help create everlasting memories with loved ones during this special time of year.”

From the parade's newest additions and celebrity lineup to how to watch, here is everything you need to know about the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

When is the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

The parade is taking place on Nov. 24, 2022—Thanksgiving Day!

What time does the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade start?

The live spectacle begins at 9 a.m. in all time zones. This means viewers on the West Coast won't have to wake up too early on Turkey Day to watch the festivities.

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What time does the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade end?

The parade will be over well before Thanksgiving dinner. The three-hour holiday event concludes at noon in all time zones, leaving you plenty of time to get to Grandma's house or whip up your best mashed potatoes.

How to watch the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Tune into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade festivities on NBC. The parade will also stream on Peacock.

How to stream the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

You can stream the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade festivities on Peacock.

Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb host the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.<p>Eric Liebowitz/NBC</p>
Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb host the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Eric Liebowitz/NBC

Who is hosting the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

TODAY's Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will be back to host the annual event.

Savannah Guthrie

Hoda Kotb

Which celebrities will be at the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

The beloved holiday celebration is set to feature appearances and performances by Paula AbdulLea MicheleBig Time Rush (yep, they're back!), Cam, Jordan Davis, Blue’s Clues & You! host Josh Dela Cruz, Gloria, Sasha and Emily Estefan, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Fitz and the Tantrums, Kirk Franklin, Mario Lopez and family, Ziggy Marley, Miss America 2022 Emma Broyles, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, Sean Paul, the cast of Peacock’s Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin (Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland and Flula Borg), Joss Stone, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Jordin Sparks, Queen of Twitter herself Dionne Warwick and Betty Who.

The last-announced (and if you ask us, most exciting!) was Mariah Carey, the undisputed Queen of Christmas (even if she doesn't have the trademark for it)—who will open for none other than Santa Claus himself.

Related: 36 Festive Facts About Mariah Carey's Holiday Song

Which Broadway shows are performing at the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Lea Michele and the cast of Broadway’s Funny Girl will kick off the parade. Viewers can also look forward to performances from A Beautiful Noise, Some Like It Hot and Disney’s The Lion King. In addition to Broadway performances, the iconic Radio City Rockettes will be back for the annual holiday celebration.

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Will there be new floats at the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Be on the lookout for 29 floats, five of which will be making their Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debut this year: Geoffrey’s Dazzling Dance Party by Toys 'R' Us, Baby Shark by Pinkfong and Nickelodeon, People of First Light by Macy’s, Supersized Slumber by Netflix and Wonder Bread's The Wondership.

Also making their way to Herald Square are 1-2-3 Sesame Street by Sesame Workshop (featuring the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street), Big City Cheer by Spirit of America Productions (featuring Miss America 2022 Emma Broyles), Big Turkey Spectacular by Jennie-O (featuring Paula Abdul), Birds of a Feather Stream Together by Peacock (featuring Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland and Flula Borg), Blue’s Clues & You! by Nickelodeon (featuring Josh Dela Cruz), The Brick-changer by The LEGO Group (featuring Fitz and the Tantrums), Celebration Gator by the Louisiana Office of Tourism (featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue), Christmas in Town Square by Lifetime (featuring Kirk Franklin), Colossal Wave of Wonder by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions (featuring Sean Paul), Deck the Halls by Balsam Hill (featuring Gloria, Sasha and Emily Estefan), Elf Pets by The Lumistella Company, Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop by Entenmann’s, Fantasy Chocolate Factory by Kinder (featuring Big Time Rush), Harvest in the Valley by Green Giant (featuring Jordan Davis), Heartwarming Holiday Countdown by Hallmark Channel (featuring Joss Stone), Her Future is STEM-Sational by Olay (featuring Betty Who), Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree (featuring the Macy’s Choir), Magic Meets the Sea by Disney Cruise Line (featuring Captain Minnie Mouse and Friends), Snoopy’s Doghouse by PEANUTS Worldwide, Tom Turkey (featuring Mario Lopez and family), Toy House of Marvelous Milestones by New York Life (featuring Dionne Warwick), Winter Wonderland in Central Park (featuring Jimmy Fallon & The Roots) and Santa’s Sleigh (featuring Santa Claus).

Will there be new balloons at the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Four new giant balloons will be joining the 2022 parade: Bluey by BBC, Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Abrams Books, DINO and Baby DINO by Sinclair Oil and Stuart the Minion from Illumination.

Other balloons in the parade include an acorn, Ada from Netflix’s Ada Twist, Scientist, Astronaut Snoopy, Blue & White Macy’s Stars, a Candy Cane, Goku from Dragon Ball, Funko Pop!-styled Grogu, Harold the Firefighter, Opening Macy’s Stars, PAW Patrol’s Chase, Pikachu & Eevee, the Pillsbury Doughboy, a Poinsettia Ornament, Pumpkins, Red Titan from Ryan’s World, Ronald McDonald, Smokey Bear, Snow Crystal Ornaments, Spongebob Squarepants & Gary, the Boss Baby, Papa Smurf, Tiptoe (the star of Macy’s holiday campaign) and Macy’s bandleader bear Toni.

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Which bands are marching in the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Twelve bands from around the country and Mexico will be marching down the streets of New York City: Benedict College Marching Tiger Band of Distinction from Columbia, South Carolina; Bourbon County H.S. Marching Colonels from Paris, Kentucky; Carmel H.S. Marching Greyhounds from Carmel, Indiana; Clovis North Educational Center Bronco Band from Fresno, California; Delfines Marching Band from Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico; Macy's Great American Marching Band from Birdsboro, Pennsylvania; NYPD Marching Band from New York; Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble from Tarpon Springs, Florida; the Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band from Brookings, South Dakota; the Queer Big Apple Corps from New York; University of Missouri's Marching Mizzou from Columbia, Missouri and Vandegrift H.S. Viper Marching Band & Vision Dance Company from Austin, Texas.

Where does the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade start?

The parade officially kicks off at West 77th Street and Central Park West in NYC. There are 2.5 miles of public viewing along the route, which begins on the Upper West Side and ends in Midtown.

What is the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route?

The procession will travel from Central Park West to Columbus Circle. It will then turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas. The parade will make its final turn at 34th Street and head west, where it will end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

Next, find out which stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day 2022.