Celine Dion, Idina Menzel, and NCT 127 to Perform at the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a turkey day tradition for almost a century. The iconic department store staged its first parade in 1924 (though the famous balloons didn’t arrive until 1927). It’s been going strong ever since, aside from a brief hiatus during World War II.
This year, 30 balloons, dozens of floats, and close to 20 marching bans and performance groups will cover the parade’s 2½-mile route through Manhattan. Also on hand will be a range of famous faces, from a Grammy-winning singer to one of the stars of Frozen 2.
2019 Macy’s Parade performers and celebrities
Here are the musicians who are set to perform or appear at the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- Black Eyed Peas
- Celine Dion
- Chirs Jackson
- Chris Young
- Debbie Gibson
- Idina Menzel
- Kelly Rowland
- Lea Michele
- Natasha Bedingfield
- NCT 127
- Tenille Townes
- That Girl Lay Lay
Other celebrities who will appear include:
- Pose star Billy Porter
- Former astronauts Dr. Janet L. Kavandi and Kay Hire
- Josh Dela Cruz from Blue’s Clues & You
- Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin
This year’s parade will also feature performers from the Ailey School, the Big Apple Circus, Gamma Phi Circus, Spirit of America Dance Stars and Spirit of America Cheer, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, the 610 Stompers, and Boss Kids.
New balloons for 2019
A number of new balloons will also make their big debut in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. They include the 49-foot tall Astronaut Snoopy balloon, Netflix’s Green Eggs and Ham balloon, Smokey Bear, Spongebob Squarepants & Gary, and Love Flies Up to the Sky, a balloon designed by artist Yayoi Kusama.
Among the returning balloons are the Pillsbury Doughboy, Pikachu, Ronald McDonald, The Elf on the Shelf, Olaf from Frozen, and Power Rangers Mighty Morphin Red Ranger.
How to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Most people will watch this year’s parade at home on television. The three-hour broadcast begins at 9 a.m. in all times zones on NBC. The Today Show’s Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, and Hoda Kotb host.
If you are in New York City, you can watch the parade in person, though you’ll need to be an early riser to get the best spots on the street. People start camping out around 6 a.m. on Central Park West between 59th and 75th Streets, the first part of the parade route. In this area, the parade runs from about 9 to 10:30 a.m. People who want to arrive a little later can try to find a spot on Sixth Avenue from West 59th to West 38th Street. Viewing is restricted on Sixth Avenue from West 34th to West 38th Streets and on West 34th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, directly in front of Macy’s Herald Square. Viewing the parade is free.
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