They love it!’ Three MILLION people line the streets of NYC for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in unusually warm weather to watch the floats — but will Al Roker miss the big day for the first time in 27 years after health scares?
- About 3 million people are expected to attend the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan as the weather warms and the skies clear
Crowds expected to number 3 million gather on the streets of Manhattan to attend the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
With temperatures reaching 50 degrees Thursday morning and clear skies, spectators should have a clear view of the 16 giant balloon figures that will fly at 9 a.m.
In addition to the iconic balloons, the parade will also feature 28 floats, 12 marching bands, 700 clowns and various music stars will make their way on Thanksgiving Day.
Organizers said the parade will begin in the city’s Upper West Side and end at Macy’s iconic store in Herald Square.
It is predicted that 500,000 more people will attend than last year. The 2020 parade was a TV-only festival due to the pandemic.
While all eyes will be on the parade, viewers will notice the absence of The Today Show’s Al Roker, who may miss the event for the first time in 27 years after being hospitalized for blood clots.
About 3 million people are expected to attend the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan as the weather warms and the skies clear for the giant balloons, including those of the iconic Ronald McDonald
Organizers said the parade will begin in the city’s Upper West Side and end at Macy’s iconic store in Herald Square
Pictured: Parade organizers prepare the ever-occurring Snoopy balloon, this time dressed as an astronaut
Broadway singer Lea Michele was spotted preparing for her performance as the parade began
One of the newest balloons to take flight is the popular Grogu from the Star Wars franchise
Performers in the parade include Paula Abdul, The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, Jordan Sparks and Gloria Estefan, who will appear with her daughter and grandson.
Mariah Carey will be the grand finale as she performs “All I Want for Christmas Is You” at the Macy’s store in Herald Square.
Along with giant balloon classics like Ronald McDonald and Snoopy, this year’s “Striker the US Soccer Star” parade will premiere in honor of the World Cup.