Macy’s annual Thanksgiving parades are a tradition; they began in 1924, and this year’s will be Macy’s 91st parade. And, from crowds of people coming to witness the spectacle live to those who watch the sights from their televisions, there’s plenty to enjoy. Here’s what you should know about this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


The 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade officially starts at 9 a.m. ET at 77th Street and Central Park West in New York City. Those unable to attend the live showing can instead watch the program through NBC, where Today‘s Al Roker, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie will commentate. NBC will stream the parade through its mobile app and its website. YouTube has likewise partnered with Verizon and NBC to stream the event live, too.

Many balloons modeled after your kids’ favorite characters will make an appearance, including the red Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger, Sinclair’s Dino, SpongeBob SquarePants and everyone’s favorite Pokémon, Pikachu. Four newcomers to the fold are The Grinch, Super Wings‘ Jett, Paw Patrols‘ Chase and Olaf from Frozen. Naturally, elaborate floats will roam across the city too, featuring the likes of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Gibson Guitars and more.

If you’re excited for entertainment, you can anticipate Gwen Stefani‘s headlining performance of “White Christmas” at Bryant Park’s ice rink, with additional solo performances coming from Wyclef Jean, Dustin Lynch and others. 98 Degrees, the Radio City Rockettes and the usual assortment of marching bands will demonstrate their talents as well.

Finally, rumors have been rustling that Santa Claus may close off the show, too…

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