The annual televised parade will include a few local marching ensembles, many pop and Broadway stars, and traditional floats and balloons. Other bands previously invited have been deferred to 2021.
Herald in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, one annual tradition that will continue in 2020! In its 94th edition, the parade forgoes spectators and the traditional 2.5-mile route. Instead it will be a televised production, some portions live and other portions filmed over three days, that airs on NBC and Telemundo at 9 a.m. (in all time zones) on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26.
The parade will still include floats, balloons, celebrities, marching bands, and Santa Claus. “For nearly 100 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has served as a milestone celebration that brings joy to millions of families nationwide and kicks off the holidays with unparalleled spectacle,” said Susan Tercero, executive producer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, in a press release. “Our safely reimagined broadcast will continue that cherished tradition as viewers nationwide celebrate together, bringing a much-needed sense of normalcy to our lives.”
Marching ensembles in the 2020 lineup are local to the New York City area, including the following groups:
- Fogo Azul NYC, an all-female Brazilian drumline
- The Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps
- New York City Police Department Band
- New York City Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums
- West Point Band
- Zeta Phi Beta Steppers
Previously selected high school and college marching bands were deferred to the 2021 Macy’s Parade, according to the press release.
A plethora of celebrities, including Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Lauren Alaina, and Pentatonix, as well as cultural entertainers will round out the show. The groups will perform in front of the Macy’s building at Herald Square.
Two of the newer balloons—The Boss Baby from the latest movie in the franchise and Red Titan from “Ryan’s World”—will be held by a specially rigged anchor tether framework of five specialty vehicles instead of by the typical 80 to 100 human handlers.
To see the full lineup and other information, visit macys.com/parade.