Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the official start of the holiday season in NYC, and this year’s extravaganza features four new giant balloons, superstar celebrities and performers from hit Broadway shows.
New balloons this year include Scrat the saber-toothed squirrel and his acorn from the “Ice Age” films, Red from the Angry Birds game, the dinosaur mascot from Sinclair Oil and an updated Ronald McDonald, bringing the balloon total to 17 kid-pleasers.
Mariah Carey, Questlove and the cast of “Sesame Street” will headline the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the long roster of parade performers includes Cirque du Soleil cast members, Pat Benatar, Andy Grammer, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, Daughtry, Trey Songs and Jordin Sparks.
The 89th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade also features Broadway performances by cast members of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Finding Neverland,” “The King & I,” “On Your Feet,” and “Something Rotten.”
More than 8,000 people will take part in the event, including scores of balloon handlers, more than 1,000 clowns, 1,100 cheerleaders and 12 marching bands. The parade attracts an estimated 3.5 million spectators and 50 million television viewers nationwide.
They will all walk the parade route from 77th St. to 34th St. on Nov. 26.
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