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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo Credit: ALEXIUZ/iStock Editorial/Getty Images Plus)
An iconic Thanksgiving tradition will continue in New York City this holiday season as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returns for its 97th iteration on Thursday, November 23.
The three-and-a-half-hour event will feature a plethora of big-name performances in addition to a 2.5-mile parade route through the Upper West Side and Midtown Manhattan.
The parade starts 30 minutes early this year, kicking off at 8:30 a.m. ET and continuing until noon ET. Keep in mind that the event will be broadcast from 8:30 a.m. to noon across all time zones.
This year's parade begins at West 77th Street & Central Park West and ventures down Central Park West before coming around Columbus Circle and onto Central Park South and Sixth Avenue, eventually making its way down Sixth Avenue to Macy’s Herald Square.
The parade will air on NBC and Telemundo but viewers can also stream the event live on Peacock. In addition to the original broadcast, the parade will re-air from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on NBC.
People in New York City this Thanksgiving can view the parade anywhere along its route with the exception of Central Park West between West 59th and West 60th Streets; along Columbus Circle; on Sixth Avenue between West 34th and West 38th Streets and on West 34th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues as the national television broadcast limits viewing in these areas.
For those not fortunate enough to book a hotel room along the route, The Shops at Columbus Circle and the western side of Central Park West from 75th St. to 61st St. are solid viewing areas.
Headliners for this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade include Oscar-winning musician Jon Batiste and the "Goddess of Pop," Cher.
Other performers slated to hit the stage include Bell Biv DeVoe, Brandy, Chicago, En Vogue, Enhypen, David Foster and Katharine McPhee, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Jessie James Decker, Ashley Park with "Sesame Street" Muppets, Pentatonix, Paul Russell, Amanda Shaw and Alex Smith and Manuel Turizo.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo Credit: RightFramePhotoVideo/iStock Editorial/Getty Images Plus)
Viewers will see several familiar faces along the parade route when it comes to massive balloons and decked-out floats, including crowd favorites SpongeBob SquarePants and Gary along with Tom Turkey.
However, they'll be joined by some new attractions for 2023, including Beagle Scout Snoopy; Blue Cat & Chugs from the "Cool Cats" NFT; Po from "Kung Fu Panda"; Leo from Netflix's upcoming animated film, "Leo"; Monkey D. Luffy from "One Piece"; The Pillsbury Doughboy and Uncle Dan from the upcoming animated film "Migration."
"Today" show anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker are all back to host this year's event while TV personalities Carlos Adyan and Andrea Meza will guide viewers along during the simulcast on Telemundo.
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