America’s Parade returns to launch the holidays with unrivaled pomp and pageantry and its signature brand of magic! On Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 at 9 a.m., over 8,000 participants will shout Let’s Have A ParadeTM, as the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® takes to the streets of New York City. With more than 3.5 million spectators watching the revelry live and more than 50 million viewers tuned in to the magic nationwide, the 86th edition of the world famous spectacle promises to be the nation’s largest Thanksgiving Day celebration.
Featuring signature elements, the Macy’s Parade has marked the start of the holiday season since its inception in 1924. This year the line-up of wonder unfolds with 16 giant character balloons; 40 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 28 floats; 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers; 900 clowns; 11 marching bands; a host of celebrity performers, and the one-and-only Santa Claus.
“The 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will again make history as it debuts three impressive giant balloons, six over-the-top floats, an amazing array of talent and the most remarkable high school and college marching bands in the nation,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She added, “This incredible cavalcade will make its way down 6th Avenue, a path that marks only the seventh time the Parade has changed its route. And, as it has during turbulent times in our history, we hope the Macy’s Parade serves as a beacon of hope for all who tune in and gather with friends and family to give thanks this season as they continue to heal from the devastating aftermath of super storm Sandy. During its 86th year, the Parade continues to create new memories and magical moments for more than 3 million live spectators and over 50 million who tune in across the country.”
The musical lineup includes The Wanted, Cody Simpson, Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida, Neon Trees, Karmin, Colbie Caillat, Jennette McCurdy and Megan & Liz.
You can also catch U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber; Jimmy Fallon and The Roots; Rachel Crow; Santa Claus; and the Radio City Rockettes at 9 a.m. ET on Thanksgiving Day.