Every year, Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade attracts thousands of viewers both in person and on-air to view the colorful procession of decorated floats, gargantuan balloons, and carefully-curated performances. In fact, it attracts roughly 3.5 million to the streets of Manhattan, and more than 50 million streaming or broadcasting nationwide. The parade, which began in 1924 and has returned yearly as a highly-anticipated icon, features everything from tap dance numbers to marching bands and cheerleaders, and is the world’s second largest consumer of helium. One of its greatest glories and anticipations is the parade’s close-knit interlacing with The Great White Way. The Broadway lineup for this year’s celebration has just been released, and as always- promises to dazzle.
The televised extravaganza, hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of NBC’s “Today”, will feature performances from a plethora of talented casts, including that of Holiday Inn and the recent revival of the classic Cats. Paramour, and singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles’ Waitress have also been newly added to the star-studded roster. The pop singer’s first Broadway endeavor has seen success and applause from both critics and show-goers alike, or as Broadway.com writer Ryan McPhee puts it in his anticipatory article on the spectacle’s lineup: “Turkey Day wouldn’t be complete without pie!” Audiences will also get a sneak peak at the much-hyped Hairspray, LIVE! to premier on NBC Wednesday, Dec. 7 (8 p.m. ET/PT).
And of course, as expected, the world-famous Radio City Rockettes will make their high-kicking appearance in the show. Tony-nominated Christopher Jackson, who originated the role of George Washington in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s cultural phenomenon, Hamilton, is also set to perform, in addition to a long-string of other non-Broadway performing artists. This list of dazzlers and songstresses includes Tony Bennett, Daya, Regina Spektor, Grace Vanderwaal (of America’s Got Talent), plus Miranda Lambert, Sting, and others.
The three hour program guarantees a balloon menagerie, confetti, laughter, cheers, sing-along, and smiles wide enough to warm away the cold weather.
The Macy’s Day Parade begins promptly at 9 a.m. ET, and will air with live coverage on NBC. CBS will concurrently feature performances from The Color Purple, School of Rock and On Your Feet! during the airing of the parade.