With Halloween marked-off for 2017, we look ahead to Thanksgiving and all the exciting things that this day of eating and television offer. One of the greatest and lasting television traditions is the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, sponsored and produced by the popular department store chain. Beginning uptown and working its way to Herald Square where the flagship store smiles down on the proceedings, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a colorful promenade through the streets of New York City, a celebration of the holiday full of floats, balloons, marching bands, celebrities, and most-of-all, performances from the best of Broadway shows.
Broadcast nationally on NBC, the event will be hosted (as usual) by the hosts of the Today Show: Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker. Once again, a spectacular handful of Broadway shows will be in Herald Square to show-off some of New York City theatre’s greatest musical moments. Confirmed for the telecast, viewers can look forward to seeing scenes from Dear Evan Hansen, Anastasia, Once on this Island, and SpongeBob SquarePants – The Broadway Musical. As is the tradition with the parade, the high-kicking Radio City Rockettes will also be on-hand to demonstrate their polish and synchronicity.
“For more than 90 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has signaled the start of the holiday season for millions of families. We are thrilled to once again come together as a nation to give this gift of joy and wonder to all,” said Susan Tercero, group vice-president of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She added, “Our incredible team has planned a fantastic spectacle featuring an amazing line-up of giant character balloons, floats of fantasy, the nation’s best marching bands, and performance groups, a dazzling array of musical artists, all coming together to herald the arrival of the one-and-only Santa Claus.”
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC, commencing at 9:00 AM (EST) and will conclude at noon when Santa Claus ushers in the official start of the holiday shopping season.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.