Lea Michele will be on hand with a performance
Broadway hit musical Funny Girl
Joining the big holiday festivities at the parade will be the traditional bevy of stars from the world of rock, rap, and country music, along with excerpts from live Broadway productions scheduled this year for the 95th annual parade.
The Broadway productions line-up this year includes Lea Michele in a number from Funny Girl, the cast of The Lion King, as well as new Broadway arrivals including A Beautiful Noise, and Some Like It Hot, the musical adaptation of the 1959 classic film comedy.
Other entertainers included in this year’s parade are Paula Abdul; Big Time Rush; Cam; Jordan Davis; Blue’s Clues & You! host Josh Dela Cruz; Gloria, Sasha and Emily Estefan; Jimmy Fallon & The Roots; Fitz and the Tantrums; Kirk Franklin; Mario Lopez and family; Ziggy Marley; Miss America 2022 Emma Broyles; the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street; Sean Paul; the cast of Peacock’s Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin (Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland and Flula Borg); Joss Stone; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Jordin Sparks; Dionne Warwick; and Betty Who.
As always, also expect a world class performance by the Radio City Rockettes, a special appearance by the one and only Santa Claus introduced by ... wait for it .... a final performance by Mariah Carey singing (what else?) "All I Want for Christmas is You". Have fun!
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Fun Facts
Actor Edmund Gwenn as Santa went on
to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
• 1947's "Miracle on 34th Street" marked the parade's first Hollywood starring role.
• The scenes in "Miracle" are real, and taken from the 1946 parade the year before.
• Macy's famous parade balloons made their debut in 1927. The biggest attraction was Felix the Cat, the first cartoon character balloon.
• Today, parade balloons are filled with an average 12,000 cubic feet of helium, capable of lifting nearly 750 pounds. Carefully guiding the behemoths are up to 90 human handlers, who have to be physically fit and weigh at least 120 pounds.
• This Thanksgiving, give a thought to volunteers who guide the inflatable giants along the entire parade route. They include balloon "pilots", volunteers who walk BACKWARDS for the entire stretch of the parade who direct other volunteers holding the ropes. Due to resulting foot and leg cramps, most volunteers will give thanks for a hot shower, heading pads, and muscle cream following the parade.
• The Show Must Go On! The snowiest parade happened when almost five inches of the white stuff were dumped on New York City before the parade start in 1989. The coldest parade was in 2018, when participants and celebrities trudged through the parade during a chilly 19°F Thanksgiving morning.
What else is happening on Thanksgiving Day 2022
Just up ahead, take an online tour of what else is going on - coast to coast - with times and locations of this year's big Thanksgiving Day events. If you're staying at home to watch on TV, also be sure to stick around for the annual 2022 National Dog Show beginning right after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC.
More about Thanksgiving Day parades & events around the Web:
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2022 - The one that started
it all, with details on New York parade history and info on the traditional
helium balloon extravaganza, the full parade route, celebrity floats, marching bands,
maps and best viewing locations, interactive online games
Parade Detroit hosts one of the country's oldest parades, starting on Woodward Avenue and Mack, and ending at Woodward Avenue and Congress.
The Massachusetts living history museum re-creates Thanksgiving
with authentic 1627 theme dining and other activities. New
England Thanksgiving and Victorian Thanksgiving dinners feature
period food, table manners and customs.
Sturbridge Village - Lots of activities throughout
the month, with Thanksgiving Day events at this Western Massachusetts
living history museum, including a re-created Meetinghouse
service, a musket shoot, and storytelling.