The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returns in 2023 for its 97th edition on Thursday, November 23. The parade is a New York City tradition that originated in 1924. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins on West 77th Street & Central Park West. The parade marches to Columbus Circle, turning into Central Park West and continuing down 6th Avenue. The 2.5-mile route ends at the iconic Macy’s Herald Square on 7th Avenue.
The parade is known for its iconic balloons and floats that soar next to the city’s high-rise buildings. Featured balloons in the 2023 parade include Beagle Scout Snoopy, Paw Patrol, Pikachu, Ronald McDonald, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Stuart the Minion. The other standout moments in the parade are the performances from some of the most popular musical acts in the world. Below, you’ll find a list of all the confirmed performers in the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Kicking off the performances will be Jon Batiste. The former bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert won a Grammy for Album of the Year with 2021’s We Are and an Oscar for his work on Pixar’s Soul. To promote her new Christmas album, the iconic Cher will perform during the parade. Cher will sing one of her new holiday hits from her 27th album, Christmas.
Other performers for the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are Alex Smith, Amanda Shaw, Ashley Park with the Muppets of Sesame Street, Bell Biv DeVoe, Brandy, Chicago, David Foster & Katharine McPhee, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Enhypen, En Vogue, Jessie James Decker, Manuel Turizo, Miss America Grace Stanke, Paul Russell, and Pentatonix.
Performance groups include the Big Apple Circus, Cornell Bhangra, Harlem Globetrotters, Maria Verdeja School of theArts, Spirit of America Cheer, Spirit of America Dance Stars, St. John’s Dance Team, the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, and Tiptoe Winter Guard.
Eleven marching bands from around the country will perform during the parade. They are: Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon & White Band, the Band Directors Marching Band, Fishers High School Marching Tiger Band, Greendale High School Marching Band, Jenison High School Marching Band, Macy’s Great American Marching Band, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagle Regiment Marching Band, Mercer Island High School Marching Band, O’Fallon Township High School Marching Panthers, Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights, and Texas Tech University Goin’ Band from Raiderland.
The 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT on Thanksgiving morning. The 2023 parade starts 30 minutes earlier than its usual start time. The parade will air on NBC and be hosted by Today’s Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker. NBC will air an encore telecast at 2 p.m. ET.
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