Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade recap: All the floats, performances and more

The 97th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returned to New York City on November 24, 2023. The parade featured a new theme, “Celebrating 95 Years of Magic,” and included 25 giant balloons, 31 floats, and dozens of marching bands.

The parade began at 9:00 AM EST and traveled down 6th Avenue from 77th Street to 34th Street. The parade was broadcast live on NBC and Peacock.

Some of the highlights of the parade included:

  • The opening performance by Grammy- and Oscar-winning musician Jon Batiste
  • The return of the beloved giant balloons, including Goku, Bluey, and Snoopy
  • The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Mutant Mayhem” float and the Deliciously Delectable World of Wonka float
  • Performances by pop icon Cher, boy band Enhyphen, and other celebrities
  • The arrival of Santa Claus, marking the end of the parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a beloved tradition that brings joy to millions of people around the world. It is a reminder of the magic of the holidays and the spirit of giving.

Here are some additional details about the parade:

  • The parade featured 25 giant balloons, including classics like Goku and Bluey and seven new characters like Beagle Scout Snoopy, Monkey D. Luffy, and Po from “Kung Fu Panda.”
  • There were also 31 floats, including six new ones like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Mutant Mayhem” float and the Deliciously Delectable World of Wonka.
  • The parade included more than 2,000 performers, including marching bands, dance groups, and cheerleaders.
  • The parade was watched by millions of people around the world, including approximately 3.5 million people who lined the streets of New York City.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a major economic driver for New York City. It is estimated that the parade generates $1 billion in economic activity for the city each year.

The parade is also a major fundraiser for charity. This year, the parade raised over $1 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a true New York City tradition. It is a reminder of the city’s spirit, its diversity, and its ability to bring people together.

I hope this recap was helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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