This annual spectacular will turn 92 this year! Here’s everything you need to know:
WHO: Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb of the Today Show will be the hosts. Entertainment includes Kelly Clarkson, Diana Ross and her family, John Legend, Anika Noni Rose, Barenaked Ladies, Martina McBride, Rita Ora , Sugarland and Leona Lewis.
WHEN: The parade will begin at 9 a.m. and wrap up at noon.
WHAT: A gathering of 16 giant balloons, 43 various types of balloons, floats and marching bands. Returning favorites include The Grinch, Charlie Brown, The Pillsbury Doughboy, and Elf on a Shelf. A few new balloon characters will make their debut: the Saiyan warrior Goku from Dragon Ball Super: Broly and Fleck, Bjorn, Jojo and Hugg, the elf stars of Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles. What?? (You can tell that this blogger has no young kids.)
WHERE: The route begins on the Upper West Side and winds its way along Central Park before heading down to Midtown and finishing up in front of Macy’s Herald Square, traveling a total of 2.5 miles. Prime viewing spots are along Central Park West, at Columbus Circle or along 6th Avenue.
WHY: It’s a Thanksgiving tradition, dammit!
A FEW HINTS: Thursday promises to be cold. Like a high of 27F/-2C cold. If you’re not a fan of freezing your you-know-what off, you can watch the whole shebang on NBC. If you do choose to go, bundle up and take public transportation because traffic will be crazy. (You’ll thank us for that tip. Seriously.) If you have small kids who actually know who Fleck and Bjorn are, take them to the streets surrounding the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. and watch the balloons be inflated!
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