NYC Returns Roaring With Spectacular Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade returned to its pre-pandemic glory Thursday morning with a full parade of spectators in the streets.

This year’s 95th annual parade includes 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 36 new and historic inflatables, over 800 clowns, 10 marching bands and nine performance groups and the ever-popular Santa Claus. In total, about 6,500 artists can be seen in the celebration this year.

“For our 95th celebration, Macy’s has created an unforgettable spectacle with a dazzling array of high-flying balloons, animated floats and incredible performers,” said Will Coss, the parade’s executive producer, in a statement.

This year’s upcoming parade comes after the downsizing from last year’s that saw thousands of participants cut out, restricted the route to one block and, of course, requested spectators to watch the anticipated holiday tradition solely on their television screens.

The 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Started Thursday Morning

Snoopy, in his Nasa attire, was one of the first of 15 giant character balloons to make their way through the Big Apple

Snoopy, in his Nasa attire, was one of the first of 15 giant character balloons to make their way through the Big Apple

The parade was open to all spectators after a scaled-down version last year due to the pandemic

The parade was open to all spectators after a scaled-down version last year due to the pandemic

Some came fully dressed like a turkey to celebrate the parades, triumphant return to form

Some came fully dressed like a turkey to celebrate the parades, triumphant return to form

The parade started at 9:00 AM and continues until 12:00 PM

The parade started at 9:00 AM and continues until 12:00 PM

The parade consists of 10 brass bands among the many acts of the day

The parade consists of 10 brass bands among the many acts of the day

The parade also features 28 floats.  The Jolly Green Giant float was one of the first to hit the streets

The parade also features 28 floats. The Jolly Green Giant float was one of the first to hit the streets

New balloon giants joining the lineup include Ada Twist, Scientist; the little hero from ‘The Mandalorian’ and the Pokémon characters Pikachu and Eevee on a sled.

Snoopy was one of the parade’s many mainstays, appearing in his NASA suit as the longest-running character to appear on the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

There will also be new floats led by the cast of ‘Girls5eva’ – Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell and Busy Philipps – Nelly and Jordan Fisher, while Jon Batiste on an alligator themed float controls the music, food and food. of Louisiana. culture.

Other celebrities in attendance include Carrie Underwood, Jimmie Allen, Kelly Rowland, Rob Thomas, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Foreigner, Andy Grammer, Mickey Guyton, Chris Lane, Miss America Camille Schrier, Muppets from ‘Sesame Street’ and the three past and current hosts of ‘Blue’s Clues’ – Steve Burns, Donovan Patton and Josh De la Cruz.

The Tom Turkey float kicked off the Big Apple celebration on Thursday morning, with 27 floats to follow

The Tom Turkey float kicked off the Big Apple celebration on Thursday morning, with 27 floats to follow

Red Titan, from Ryan's World, soars over New York City with an entourage of superheroes leading its way

Red Titan, from Ryan’s World, soars over New York City with an entourage of superheroes leading its way

Ada Twist, the little scientist, was one of the newest characters to join the parade

Ada Twist, the little scientist, was one of the newest characters to join the parade

Outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared at the start of the parade for a holiday Pikachu balloon

Outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared at the start of the parade for a holiday Pikachu balloon

Kids watched the parade from nearby buildings and stared at the giant balloons passing by

Kids watched the parade from nearby buildings and stared at the giant balloons passing by

Some of the returning balloons include ‘The Boss Baby’, ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’, Chase from ‘Paw Patrol’, the Pillsbury Doughboy, Ronald McDonald, Red Titan from ‘Ryan’s World’, Papa Smurf, Sonic the Hedgehog and Spongebob Squarepants.

As in years past, New York Police Department blocked all vehicular access points to the parade route with sand-filled garbage trucks, other heavy vehicles and approximately 360,000 pounds of concrete barriers.

Thousands of officers are assigned to the parade route, including counter-terrorism teams.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said there were no specific, credible threats to the parade.

Paw Patrol's Chase was one of the balloons, chasing the mascot of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Paw Patrol’s Chase was one of the balloons, chasing the mascot of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The Boss Baby also made an appearance in the Big Apple

The Boss Baby also made an appearance in the Big Apple

More than 6,500 performances took to the streets of Manhattan as part of the holiday celebration

More than 6,500 performances took to the streets of Manhattan as part of the holiday celebration

The New York Police Department is stationed throughout the parade to maintain security

The New York Police Department is stationed throughout the parade to maintain security

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