Reimagined Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2020

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:

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.

About the author

Christine Ngeo Katzman

Christine Ngeo Katzman is founder and chief executive officer of Muse Media, LLC, creator of books, magazines, and additional content highlighting performing arts and youth activities. Magazine assets include Halftime Magazine for marching arts participants and fans as well as Yamaha SupportED Magazine for K through 12 music educators. Previously, she was a writer and editor at Crain Communications and Imagination Publishing and a marketing manager at Chatsworth Products, Inc. Christine also worked for Yamaha Band and Orchestral Division. As a child, Christine learned five instruments, with flute being primary. She marched in the Northwestern University Marching Band, including the 1996 Rose Bowl and 1997 Citrus Bowl. Christine graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1997 and earned an MBA with honors from the University of Southern California in 2007.