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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2017 Broadway Lineup

Broadway Shows to Perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

As the pumpkin pie is cooks 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. On Thursday, November 28, 2019, The Today Show team of Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker (Broadway’s Waitress) 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, making their way to Herald Square will be the casts of such hits as Ain’t Too Proud – The Life And Times of the Temptations, Beetlejuice, the recently-opened Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, and this year’s Tony-winner for Best Musical, Hadestown.  Another holiday season tradition, The Radio Music Hall Spectacular, will be represented with an annual visit from the Rockettes offering their high-kicking, precision dance expertise.

A long line of celebrity musicians will also work the parade route, hailing from a wide variety of music genres. On-hand will be Celine Dion (offering a debut performance from her new album “Courage”), Idina Menzel, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, The Black-Eyed Peas, Natasha Bedingfield, Debbie Gibson, Chicago, Josh Dela Cruz, Chris Janson, Ciara, and Lea Michele. Other high-profile guests will include NHL athletes Dominic Moore and Eddie Olczyk, the familiar faces of television’s Sesame Street, and of course, the culminating visit from Santa Claus. New balloons for the parade include Astronaut Snoopy by Peanuts Worldwide, Green Eggs and Ham by Netflix, and SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary by Nickelodeon.

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. Its 93rd march will air on NBC television and also be available to stream on Verizon’s YouTube page, starting at 8:30 AM.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on October 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.