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How to stream the macy’s thanksgiving day parade 2019

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How to stream the macy’s thanksgiving day parade 2019

It’s almost time to celebrate one of our favorite holidays—Thanksgiving! There’s so much to get excited for, from everything on your Thanksgiving menu (like your prized turkey recipe and delicious mashed potatoes) to the family Thanksgiving traditions new and old. But one of our favorite things about the fourth Thursday of November has to be the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The huge, star-studded spectacle takes place annually in New York City, and it’s one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year for kids and grown-ups alike.

This year, the 93rd rendition of the parade is shaping up to be no different, thanks to another epic roster of performances, guest appearances, and floats, plus tons of new balloons. Whether you plan to watch the action in person or from the comfort of your living room couch while eating Thanksgiving brunch, you’re probably starting to get excited for what’s to come in November—but you’ve likely also got a few logistical questions too.

That’s where we come in!

How to stream the macy’s thanksgiving day parade 2019

Here, we’ve rounded up all the answers to your most frequently-asked questions about the big event, including how to watch the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and what time it begins, what channel you’ll be able to find it on, how to live stream it from your computer, its history, and more. Find our answers below—then be sure to check out our other, equally helpful Turkey Day ideas for well-considered Thanksgiving recipes, delectable pie recipes, Thanksgiving kids’ crafts, and more.

What’s the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Presented annually by the department store of the same name in New York City, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was first televised nationally in 1952—but its real debut was all the way back in 1924. For that first parade, several bands, a flock of zoo animals, and three floats (pulled by horses) marched from 145th Street and Convent Avenue all the way down to the Macy’s store at 34th Street and Broadway. Last in the long line of marchers was Santa Claus, which makes sense: That first event was dubbed the “Macy’s Christmas Parade.” But the tradition of including Santa in the parade lives on to this day! Fun fact: Employees at Macy’s stores have the option of marching in the parade each year.

When is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2019?

The date’s right there in the name! All the fun goes down on Thanksgiving Day. This year, Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 28—the fourth Thursday of the month.

Where does the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade take place?

Every year, the parade takes place right in the heart of the Big Apple. If you happen to be in the area and want to view all the action in person, you’ll want to wake up early, then camp out beginning at 6am along the west side of the street on Central Park West anywhere from 59th to 75th Streets. The Parade will run along that route from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

Not an early riser? You can also arrive a bit later and stake your claim to the area further down the route on 6th Avenue, where the Parade will arrive around 9:30 a.m.

Macy’s does not suggest viewing from 6th Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets or in front of Macy’s Herald Square, as this area “provides very limited viewing due to the national television broadcast.” The company’s Where to Watch page provides a more detailed look at the overall parade route.

Now that November is underway, we’re all thinking of the next big holiday: Thanksgiving.

Along with turkey and all the trimmings, one of the oldest, most beloved traditions at this time of year is Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Concluding outside the block-long Macy’s Herald Square flagship store in New York City, the parade has been held since 1924 and helps kick off the festivities on the last Thursday of November.

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When does the parade start?

The 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Viewers on the West Coast won’t need to wake up at the crack of dawn to watch it; the television broadcast on NBC will air at 9 a.m. across time zones.

How can I watch the parade?

Venturing to Manhattan for the big day is not for the faint of heart: Parade goers begin camping out at 6 a.m. to nab prime viewing spots on Central Park West, often braving below-freezing temperatures along with the massive crowds. As in years past, the NYC Police Department is expected to be out in force providing security.

Those hoping to enjoy the action from outside the city — or indoors — can watch on television. NBC, which has exclusive rights to the official program, will broadcast all the action from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in all time zones. Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker of the “Today” show are hosting the broadcast. CBS will be host its own annual parade coverage at the same time, though this is not the official program.

What celebrities are performing?

The parade brings out some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry each year, and 2019 is no exception. Fans viewing on NBC can look forward to performances from TLC, Ciara, Ozuna, Lea Michele, NCT 127 and the Black-Eyed Peas, to name a few.

Are there any new balloons to watch for?

Smokey Bear is returning, following more than two decades out of the parade lineup. Spongebob Squarepants will be joined for the first time by pet snail Gary, while Snoopy has gotten an astronaut suit makeover. Artwork by Yayoi Kusama and a “Green Eggs and Ham” design also adorn new balloons. See Macys.com to find out what other characters are appearing.

What about the floats?

There will be plenty of balloons, celebrity guests and performances, but the floats are arguably the real star of the show. Macy’s will have a cornucopia-themed float on the parade route. Entenmann’s baked goods company will showcase a bake shop, the Green Giant vegetable brand will have its mascot giant standing more than two stories high and Ronald McDonald will drive down the route in style in a Big Red Shoe that’s equal to a whopping men’s size 266.

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How to stream the macy’s thanksgiving day parade 2019

Every year the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the start of the Christmas season with the grand arrival of Santa Claus to end the event. It’s a can’t-miss occasion that has long been broadcast on TV for those who can’t make it to the chilly sidewalks of New York to watch it in person. If here’s how to watch the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade at this year’s feast.

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC

NBC shows the parade every year on Thanksgiving (which is Thursday, November 28, 2019) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST. It’s hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker from the TODAY show. You can tune into the channel on your TV sets or stream the event via the NBC app on your mobile devices or smart TVs if you have cable login information.

You can also watch online at nbc.com/live if you have cable information to log in with. Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and FuboTV also all offer NBC as part of their channel packages, and they also offer free trials that you can use to check out the parade without spending the hard-earned cash that we all need for Christmas presents.

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS

Although NBC is the parade’s official coverage station, CBS usually airs The Thanksgiving Day Parade On CBS with Entertainment Tonight hosts Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight. The CBS version also airs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST and features parade footage along with CBS-affiliated celebrity appearances and Broadway cast performances.

Viewers with cable can watch CBS on TV. You can also watch online or on a mobile device/a smart TV via CBS All Access. It’s a paid subscription service, but you can initiate a free trial. CBS can also be found on Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and FuboTV, all of which offer free trials.

The 2019 Macy’s Parade Balloon Lineup Has Some Changes

According to the parade’s website, notable 2019 changes to the balloon lineup include an astronaut-themed Snoopy to honor the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Smokey the Bear is also making his first appearance since 1993 to celebrate his 75th birthday.

The first few parades didn’t actually have the balloons it’s famous for today. According to the Washington Post, in the original 1924 Macy’s parade, animals from the local Central Park Zoo were walked through the parade’s six mile course. The elephants, camels, donkeys, and tigers actually scared both the other performers and the children watching, so the parade started using balloons in 1927. The parade route has also since been shortened to two and a half miles instead of six.

The 2019 Macy’s Parade Performers List will be Star-Studded

The performers list hasn’t yet been announced for this year, but, if it’s anything like years’ past, it will be chockfull of A-listers. In 2018, the likes of Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Diana Ross, and Martina McBride all performed along with casts from the year’s new Broadway plays like Mean Girls, The Prom, and My Fair Lady. The parade will also feature marching bands from across the country along with circus performers, ballet dancers, cheerleaders, and more.

However you choose to tune in on November 28, you won’t want to miss the parade’s high-flying balloons, star-studded floats, energizing performances, and Santa’s grand arrival to close out the day. ‘Tis the season!

Now that November is underway, we’re all thinking of the next big holiday: Thanksgiving.

Along with turkey and all the trimmings, one of the oldest, most beloved traditions at this time of year is Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Concluding outside the block-long Macy’s Herald Square flagship store in New York City, the parade has been held since 1924 and helps kick off the festivities on the last Thursday of November.

As the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade approaches, FN has everything you need to know about the event.

When does the parade start?

The 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Viewers on the West Coast won’t need to wake up at the crack of dawn to watch it; the television broadcast on NBC will air at 9 a.m. across time zones.

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How to stream the macy’s thanksgiving day parade 2019

How can I watch the parade?

Venturing to Manhattan for the big day is not for the faint of heart: Parade goers begin camping out at 6 a.m. to nab prime viewing spots on Central Park West, often braving below-freezing temperatures along with the massive crowds. As in years past, the NYC Police Department is expected to be out in force providing security.

Those hoping to enjoy the action from outside the city — or indoors — can watch on television. NBC, which has exclusive rights to the official program, will broadcast all the action from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in all time zones. Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker of the “Today” show are hosting the broadcast. CBS will be host its own annual parade coverage at the same time, though this is not the official program.

How to stream the macy’s thanksgiving day parade 2019

What celebrities are performing?

The parade brings out some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry each year, and 2019 is no exception. Fans viewing on NBC can look forward to performances from TLC, Ciara, Ozuna, Lea Michele, NCT 127 and the Black-Eyed Peas, to name a few.

Are there any new balloons to watch for?

Smokey Bear is returning, following more than two decades out of the parade lineup. Spongebob Squarepants will be joined for the first time by pet snail Gary, while Snoopy has gotten an astronaut suit makeover. Artwork by Yayoi Kusama and a “Green Eggs and Ham” design also adorn new balloons. See Macys.com to find out what other characters are appearing.

How to stream the macy’s thanksgiving day parade 2019

What about the floats?

There will be plenty of balloons, celebrity guests and performances, but the floats are arguably the real star of the show. Macy’s will have a cornucopia-themed float on the parade route. Entenmann’s baked goods company will showcase a bake shop, the Green Giant vegetable brand will have its mascot giant standing more than two stories high and Ronald McDonald will drive down the route in style in a Big Red Shoe that’s equal to a whopping men’s size 266.

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For 93 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been an annual holiday tradition.

And despite worries that the weather may force officials to ground balloons Thursday, many are hoping the show will go on.

Here are details about how to watch the festivities this year and how to score tickets to see it in person in New York City.

The 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and runs until noon. This is the case for all U.S. time zones.

You can live stream the parade on NBC.com/live if you have a cable TV account.

If you’re a cord-cutter or don’t have cable, you can watch on any of the following streaming platforms:

You can also watch the special 360-degree live stream on Verizon’s Youtube channel. The live stream is said to give viewers a more immersive experience, with augmented reality and diverse camera angles. The 360 live stream is hosted by entertainers, Terry Crews and Lilly Singh.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade airs on NBC.

It all kicks off at West 77th Street and Central Park West in Manhattan. The parade will make its way south along 8th Avenue before turning down 59th Street at Columbus Circle. The remainder of the Thanksgiving Day Parade will travel south down 6th Avenue, ending at Macy’s Herald Square.

This year’s parade lineup includes 30 balloons and 34 floats/special units. That includes five new floats and five new balloons. NJ Advance Media was given a sneak peak of the lineup at Macy’s Parade Studio in Moonachie. Nearly 8,000 people will help pull off the parade.

Additionally, the parade will include performances from marching bands, dancers and clowns.

Grammy Award-Winning singer Celine Dion is set to perform during the parade. Other celebrities like Billy Porter and The Black Eyed Peas will make appearances.

Macy’s doesn’t sell grandstand tickets to the general public. They are usually given to friends and family of Macy’s employees and parade performers.

It is possible to secure a free spot along the parade route. People usually begin to post up in prime viewing territory around 6 a.m. on parade day.

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For those unable to witness the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person this year in New York City, NBC will live-stream the event plus air an encore broadcast later Thursday.

This year’s parade will be hosted by Today hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker and is set to broadcast live on NBC at 9 a.m. in every time zone Thanksgiving Day. The event can also be streamed on NBC.com, the NBC mobile app or the NBC channel on Hulu+ Live TV, YouTubeTV and more. An encore broadcast will air at 2 p.m. on NBC.

Guthrie recently suffered an eye injury, but in an Instagram post the host shared Wednesday, she noted she did not need a full eye surgery and is still set to join Kotb and Roker for parade coverage.

CBS will also air portions of the parade, hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and former Radio City Rockette Keltie Knight. The CBS broadcast will be available via streaming on the CBS All Access platform, as well as through Hulu+ Live TV, YouTube TV and other streaming packages.

The Muppets and the cast of Sesame Street will kick off the event with a musical number celebrating the series’ 50th anniversary. Balloons lining the skies this year include Astronaut Snoopy, Pikachu, Olaf and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Special musical guests scheduled to perform include Celine Dion, Natasha Bedingfield, Lea Michele, Ciara, Idina Menzel and others plus performances from Broadway’s Hadestown and Beetlejuice. CBS’ coverage will include Miranda Lambert performing two songs from her latest album, Wildcard, “Settling Down” and “Bluebird.”

Log in to NBC with your TV provider and watch the parade live online Thursday

Published November 26, 2019 • Updated on November 27, 2019 at 5:35 am

What to Know

  • Watch the parade live on NBC at 9 a.m. Thursday in all time zones
  • Special musical guests will include Celine Dion, Idina Menzel and Lea Michele
  • Watch for a performance by the Radio City Rockettes and new balloons of Astronaut Snoopy, SpongeBob SquarePants and Smokey Bear

Big balloons, colorful floats and famous stars are filling the streets of New York City Thursday for the 93nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Hosted on the national holiday by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker, the three-hour event will air at 9 a.m. Thursday and run until noon. NBC will also show an encore presentation at 2:00 p.m.

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Special musical guests are expected to include Celine Dion, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele and performances from Broadway’s “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations,” “Beetlejuice,” “Hadestown” and “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.”

Also watch for an expected performance by the Radio City Rockettes, as well as appearances from beloved balloons like Pikachu, Elf on the Shelf, Pillsbury Doughboy, Olaf, Trolls, as wells as new balloons which include Astronaut Snoopy, SpongeBob SquarePants and Smokey Bear.

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You’re going to have to camping out on the west side of Central Park West from West 75th Street to West 79th Street starting at 6 a.m.

The official parade kicks off at West 77th Street and Central Park West but there’s limited to no public viewing here.

The parade journeys down from Central Park West to Columbus Circle, turning onto Central Park South, where viewing access is still denied to the public.

Floats will then roll down West 59th Street until it reaches Sixth Avenue, where it will head south to West 38th Street. This stretch features some of the last quality viewing spots, as the parade comes to an end in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

How to stream the macy’s thanksgiving day parade 2019

Some Americans run in a turkey trot on Thanksgiving. Others run directly to the couch. If you’re in the latter category, chances are you’ll be tuning in for the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Here’s everything you need to know about Thursday’s parade, including how to stream it online even if you don’t have cable.

When does it start?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Nov. 28.

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Where can I watch?

If you have basic cable or satellite, you can watch the parade hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker on your local NBC station. NBC will also show an encore of the parade starting at 2 p.m. Thursday. You can stream the parade live online here or on the NBC app.

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What balloons will be there?

The parade’s main claim to fame is the larger-than-life balloons along the 2.5 mile parade route. Characters include Astronaut Snoopy, a Dr. Seuss “Green Eggs and Ham” balloon, a balloon created by famed artist Yayoi Kusama, Smokey Bear and SpongeBob SquarePants and Gary. Other balloons include Chase from “Paw Patrol,” Greg Heffley from “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” Goku from “Dragon Ball,” classic Macy’s balloon Harold the Fireman, The Grinch, Olaf from “Frozen,” Pikachu, the Pillsbury Doughboy, the red Power Ranger, Ronald McDonald, the Elf on the Shelf and characters from “Trolls.”

Why go out in the cold on Thanksgiving when you could spend the morning cozied up on the couch? There’s no need to brace the frigid temperatures—or insanely large crowds—on the holiday, especially now that you can watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade from the comfort of home.

The 92nd annual parade will kick off on Thursday morning at 9 a.m., but celebrators won’t necessarily need to make the journey to Central Park West or 6th Avenue to see the big turkey float make its way down to Macy’s flagship storefront on 34th street.

How to stream the macy’s thanksgiving day parade 2019

Viewers all over the country can tune into the Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. Today show anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker are expected to host the live broadcast. NBC will also air special holiday performances by John Legend, Martina McBride and Rita Ora.

Those without access to television can still catch the parade coverage via live stream on NBC’s website and app—although they will need a cable provider login to access the stream.

For the third year in a row, Macy’s and NBC have teamed up with the cell provider to give fans access to the entire parade with the Verizon 360 Livestream on YouTube. This year, Terry Crews and Lilly Singh will host the 360 Livestream show.

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CBS will also air live coverage of the event. The network’s Thanksgiving Day Parade coverage, hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight, will begin on Thursday at 9 a.m. as well. The CBS event—accessible for streaming on CBS’s website and app with a cable provider login—will include taped performances of Broadway shows like Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Hadestown, Beetlejuice and Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations in addition to an exclusive performance by Miranda Lambert. Viewers with access to Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV and FuboTV will also be able to stream CBS’ parade coverage on those platforms.

Along with getting a glimpse of the most notable Thanksgiving floats, viewers will be delighted with the appearances of a few newbies during the parade too. Green Eggs and Ham characters Guy-Am-I and Sam-I-Am will make their parade debut along with Yayoki Kusama’s new float, Love Flies Up to the Sky, Dragon Ball Super: Broly’s Goku and the elves from The Christmas Chronicles.

The fan-favorite Snoopy float is slated to receive an astronaut-themed makeover, while SpongeBob SquarePants and Gary will appear with upgrades celebrating the Nickelodeon characters’ 20th birthday. The Smokey Bear float, which was last seen at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in 1993, will also make its grand return in honor of the character’s 75th birthday.