Everything you need to know about Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade 2021

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4 min readNov 25, 2021


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021 is set to be really loud, in sharp contrast to last year’s muted event. What is it all about? Learn all the vital facts here.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021 brought back the parade that people have always known. Residents will have 2.5 miles of public viewing with balloons, floats, and bands as they make their way from the Upper West Side to Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square.

The 2021 parade will be the 95th edition, and it is to start at 9 a.m. ET Thursday, 25 November 2021. CNN Travel spoke to a resident of New York City, Lisa Fischer, and she stated that she was delighted about the event. “Obviously, I had to watch it on TV last year. It was still fun and brought back great memories,” she said.

However, Fischer didn’t fail to mention that the parade wasn’t the same without the energy of the street and the usual traditions. She added, “when my two children were younger, I used to take them to watch the giant balloons being inflated. Then they’d catch the parade on TV the next day in their [pajamas] at home. Around 2004, they had a memorable time watching up close. We got to be in the stands right in front of Macy’s. I was fortunate enough to get tickets and right in front where they televised it. That was really fun. [sic]”

Well, if you are just like Lisa Fischer, who already has expectations of the parade, here’s what you can expect, either watching on the ground or watching on TV.

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When does the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade start?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is to start on Thursday, 25 November 2021 at 9 am ET. and is expected to run till 12 p.m. ET.

How to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The official broadcaster for the parade is NBC and it will begin airing at 9 am ET. This means that every streaming service that offers the station will air it. If you would like to watch the broadcast and have no means of doing so, you might want to try CBS. The station will live stream the broadcast on its Paramount Plus Premium platform. You might also catch it if you have live TV streaming services such as FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube.

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Who’s performing at the Thanksgiving Day parade in 2021?

This is the list of performers to expect at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade below:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Jon Batiste
  • Sesame Street (cast and Muppets)
  • Aespa
  • Andy Grammer
  • Foreigner
  • Kelly Rowland
  • Jimmie Allen
  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • Nelly
  • Rob Thomas
  • Chris Lane
  • Girls5eva (yes, from the TV show)

Other appearances include Darren Criss, Jordan Fisher, Josh Dela Cruz, Steve Burns, Donovan Patton, Kim Petras, Mickey Guyton, Tai Verdes, Tauren Wells, and Zoe Wees.

Marching Band

There will also be a marching band as it is hard to have a parade without a marching band gives you. So, for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, some of the best from around the United States will be available. A few bands from the 2021 musical cavalcade are:

- The Hampton University Marching Force: This high-energy Virginia band played at the 2020 New Year’s Day Parade and Celebration in Rome and its drumline was in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade.

-The NYPD Marching Band: Made of musically inclined police officers, it’s a crowd favorite.

- The Ann Richards Marching Stars: Deep from the heart of Texas, the band is the only all-female competitive marching band in the country, according to Macy’s.

- The Centerville High School Jazz Band: Hailing from Ohio, the band is known for its traditional and contemporary treatments of big band jazz. They are set to perform “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Weather forecast

Of course, we can’t plan to have a parade without being sure of favorable weather. We need to know if the weather will keep the balloons from flying? So, according to CNN Meteorologist Judson Jones, all balloons should go ahead and fly as there is no indication of winds near the threshold. Jones said, “the weather will be crisp and beautiful. It may be a little bit cold in the early hours, the upper 30s to lower 40s. But by the time Santa hits Herald Square, it will be mostly sunny with a temperature of about 50 degrees, if not a bit warmer.” So, I guess the parade party can go on.

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