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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Premiered: 
    November 25, 1948
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Parade
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Holiday
  • Tags: Thanksgiving

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Plot Synopsis

Each Thanksgiving morning since 1948, NBC has broadcast the MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE. For 2020, the 94th annual parade -- hosted by the TODAY SHOW's Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker -- was broadcast from 9am-Noon in all time zones. Telemundo simulcasts the parade in Spanish, with the event hosted by Adamari Lopez, Jessica Carrillo, Rodner Figueroa and Nastassja Bolivar.

To safely bring the spectacle to millions nationwide during COVID-19 pandemic, the annual production shifts to a broadcast-only event. This year the procession forgoes marching down the traditional 2.5-mile route in Manhattan in order to avoid gathering large crowds. This year's Macy's Parade features a selection of performances representing a sampling of the annual traditions that had to scale back, cancel or indefinitely postpone their events or performances. Joining the festivities are Lauren Alaina, Ally Brooke, Sofia Carson, CNCO, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots (opening the show), Karol G, Tori Kelly, Patti LaBelle, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier, Matthew Morrison, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, Leslie Odom Jr., Keke Palmer, Dolly Parton, Pentatonix, Bebe Rexha, Jordin Sparks, Sebastian Yatra, and Brett Young; with an extra special appearance by the one-and-only Santa Claus.

The Parade features performances from the casts of Ain't Too Proud -- The Life and Times of The Temptations, Hamilton, Jagged Little Pill and Mean Girls. In addition, the show-stopping Radio City Rockettes bring their signature magic to Herald Square. Returning for a fourth year by popular demand, the Macy's Singing Christmas Tree features the harmonious voices of 60 Macy's colleagues who join the event from their homes across the country coming together in a chorus filled with the spirit of the holiday season.

The fun doesn't stop there with additional performances from The Big Apple Circus, The NYPD Police Band, The West Point Marching Band and the step skills of Zeta Phi Beta. Plus, there is a special performance from the all-female samba drumline Fogo Azul NYC along with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and Mermaid Queen Lynn Nottage and Dick Zigun representing the Coney Island USA Mermaid Parade; Danza Fiesta representing the National Puerto Rican Day Parade; The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Band representing the NYC Pride March; the Sugarplum Fairy from George Balanchine's The Nutcracker representing the New York City Ballet; the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums representing the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade; and a special performance entitled CaribeFuturism featuring a collective of acts including partners Pan in Motion, Batingua Arts, Sesame Flyers, and Kaisokah Moko Jumbies with Carnival Queen Kay Mason representing the West Indian American Day Carnival Association.

New giants joining the line-up this year include The Boss Baby by DreamWorks Animation's "The Boss Baby: Family Business" and Red Titan from "Ryan's World" by Sunlight Entertainment and The newest balloon stars will take flight without the traditional 80-100 handlers, instead employing an innovative, specially rigged anchor tether framework of five specialty vehicles field tested and approved by the relevant agencies in the City of New York. Their Thanksgiving Day flights will be manned by a smaller vehicle team helping to safely reduce the overall number of people needed underneath each balloon. Also making appearances on the national broadcast are giant balloon favorites including Astronaut Snoopy by Peanuts Worldwide; Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Abrams Children's Books; Sinclair Oil's DINO; The Elf on the Shelf; Chase from PAW Patrol by Spin Master and Nickelodeon; Pikachu by the Pokemon Company International; Pillsbury Doughboy; Ronald McDonald; SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary by Nickelodeon; and DreamWorks Animation's Trolls. The televised inflatable lineup also includes Sinclair Oil's Baby DINOs and the Go Bowling balloonicles, as well as Hugg, Bjorn, Jojo and Fleck from Netflix's "The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two," Love Flies Up to the Sky by Yayoi Kusama, Universal Orlando Resort's The Nutcracker and Smokey Bear by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.

For the first time in Macy's Parade broadcast history, in an effort to create a more inclusive experience for blind and visually impaired viewers, NBCUniversal is proud to present the full NBC broadcast with live audio description on the Secondary Audio Program channel (SAP), provided by Descriptive Video Works. This year's broadcast will be available with additional audio narration, describing the rich visuals of the Parade including the magnificent balloons, floats and performances, to complement the storytelling and celebration that make the Parade an annual Thanksgiving Day tradition for millions of Americans.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Brad Lachman Productions


  • - Manhattan, New York USA