As the pumpkin pie is cooked in the oven and the turkey is being basted, it is an annual holiday tradition for households to tune-in for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. This holiday extravaganza, complete with floats, marching bands, balloons, and celebrity appearances, will return again this year, though reworked with social distancing in mind. On Thursday, November 26, 2020, The Today Show team of Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker will be our hosts, ushering-in the yuletide and the official beginning of the holiday shopping season.
One of the highlights of each installment of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are the scheduled appearances from some of Broadway’s biggest shows. This year, the parade will feature performances from the casts of Hamilton, Mean Girls, Jagged Little Pill, and Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations. The performances will be pre-taped at their respective theatres and aired during the November 26 broadcast on NBC, as stated by The New York Times.
Usually, Broadway cast performances during the Thanksgiving Parade perform in Herald Square in front of the Macy’s iconic storefront, while the parade makes its two and a half mile route journey through the city. Instead, the parade will be condensed to West 34th Street, where it will largely be showcased for broadcast, rather than in-person crowds.
Additional stars scheduled to appear are Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen and Noah Cyrus, Ally Brooke, Sofia Carson, CNCO, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Karol G, Tori Kelly, Patti LaBelle, Ella Mai, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, Leslie Odom Jr., Keke Palmer, Dolly Parton, Pentatonix, Bebe Rexha, Jordin Sparks, Sebastián Yatra, and Brett Young.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a production of the famed department store since 1924. This year’s festivities will commence at 9:00 AM ET. The 94th annual march will air on NBC television and also be available to stream on Verizon’s YouTube page, starting at 8:30 AM.
Last updated and effective as of January 14, 2019
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