Having an opportunity to bring a little spectacle, bring a little love, bring a little bit of creativity to everyone on Thanksgiving morning is something that we love.Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade executive producer Will Coss. A holiday tradition for nearly a century, the parade will march into its 97th year – with 31 floats, 25 giant balloons, and 300 pounds of glitter.
The History: The event began as “Macy’s Christmas Parade” in 1924 when Macy’s employees asked the company to have a parade for giving thanks and celebrating the upcoming Christmas holiday. In 1927, balloons replaced live animals (one report says zoo animals scared children along the path), and the tradition of large characters has continued ever since. The parade has only missed three years in its history – from 1942 to 1944 when Macy’s suspended the parade during WWII and donated rubber supplies from balloons to the military.
The 2023 Parade: The parade sees millions of people along its 2.5-mile route, with televised performances taking place in front of Macy’s famous 34th Street store. Some of this year’s performers include Cher, Jon Batiste, and Pentatonix. You can catch the parade (which begins at 8:30 ET this year) on NBC, Telemundo, and via livestream on Peacock.
by Emily Hooker, based in Texas