The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is almost here.
The 2022 installment of the annual event will feautre more than 5,000 volunteers, 16 giant balloons, 28 floats, over 700 clowns, 12 marching bands, 10 performance groups and a bevy of musical stars.
“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 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.
Read on for everything to know about the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Here's how to watch the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
On Thursday, Nov. 24, the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m in all time zones, with coverage hosted by TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker.
You can also stream the event on Peacock.
Take a look at the star-studded float roster
Look closely as the themed floats pass by on your TV screen: Each has a celebrity performer.
This year's batch includes Paula Abdul, Dionne Warwick a, Jordin Sparks, Betty Who, Cam, Fitz and the Tantrums, Joss Stone, Sean Paul and Ziggy Marley, among others.
Miss America 2022 Emma Broyles will be in attendance, as per tradition.
The cast of Peacock’s show “Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin” — specifically, Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland and Flula Borg — will give a preview of the TV show.
Mario Lopez will be there with his family, as will Gloria Estefan and her family. And all the kids watching can give a wave to “Blue’s Clues & You!” host Josh Dela Cruz, too.
Mariah Carey will be performing!
Mariah Carey will perform her hit song, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," right before Santa Claus arrives at Macy’s 34th Street store in Herald Square.
On Instagram, Carey teased her appearance when she shared a clip of herself singing her Christmas hit. She wrote, "My childhood dream is coming to life! I’m going to be opening for the one and only, SANTA CLAUS 🎅🏼, at this year’s @macys Thanksgiving day parade! 🎄🎉💫 Tune in on Thanksgiving Day @NBC! 💖☃️ #macysparade."
Among the new balloons? Stuart the Minion
The new giant balloons joining the parade this year are Bluey, a "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"-inspired balloon and Stuart the Minion, among others.
Returning balloons include one inspired by the Netflix show "Ada Twist, Scientist"; Astronaut Snoopy; a Funko Pop!-inspired Grogu (better known as Baby Yoda); the Pillsbury Doughboy; Ronald McDonald; the Pikachu and Eevee Pokémon; and SpongeBob SquarePants and Gary.
Get a little bit of Broadway
Now’s your chance to bring Broadway to your living room. Lea Michele and the cast of “Funny Girl” will provide the opening number, with additional performances from the casts of “A Beautiful Noise,” “Some Like It Hot” and “The Lion King." Of course, the Radio City Rockettes will be performing, too.
What is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route?
The parade will take its usual two-and-a-half mile procession, kicking off from its traditional starting line at 77th Street and Central Park West. From there, the parade will continue to Columbus Circle, turning onto Central Park South and down 6th Avenue. At 34th Street, the parade will make its final turn west to land at Macy’s Herald Square.
Want to attend the parade in person? Here's what to know
Dress warmly! Spectators can view the parade at designated portions along the route, which will be managed by the NYPD.
According to an official press release, spectators should avoid bringing large bags, umbrellas, backpacks and strollers, and may be subject to a security search.
Finally, if you're planning to brave the November weather, don't forget to dress warmly!