How to Watch and Livestream the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

TheWrap’s got you, balloon lovers

Last Updated: November 28, 2019 @ 5:27 AM

Want to avoid your family? Still too early for pigskin (or turkey meat, for that matter)? The 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade can provide a serviceable distraction during the Thursday morning hours.

But how does one actually watch this thing? Readers, you came to the right place. For starters, those looking for Snoopy and Santa can catch them the traditional way on NBC, which will carry the parade broadcast from 9 a.m. to noon local time in all time zones.

Additionally, for the fourth year in a row, Macy’s, NBCUniversal and Verizon are combining forces for a 360-degree livestream on Verizon’s YouTube page. The second-screen experience will stream from 8:30 a.m. ET to noon ET across multiple platforms, also including Verizon Media, XBox, and NBC.com.

As TheWrap exclusively reported last week, this Thanksgiving, that Verizon-powered option is going 5G and will incorporate hologram and augmented-reality features. Read all about that experiment here, and head to Bryant Park in person if you really want a unique perspective (that still involves screens).

We imagine the view from Harold Square’s bleachers isn’t so bad either, if you prefer to actually experience life.

“Today” show anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will host the festivities for NBC.

Stars scheduled to appear include Celine Dion, Natasha Bedingfield, Black Eyed Peas, Chicago, Ciara, Josh Dela Cruz, Celine Dion, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Debbie Gibson, former NASA astronauts Kay Hire and Janet Kavandi, Chris Janson, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, NHL legends Dominic Moore and Eddie Olczyk, the cast and Muppets of “Sesame Street,” NCT 127, Ozuna, Billy Porter, Kelly Rowland, That Girl Lay Lay, TLC, Tenille Townes and Chris Young.

The casts of Broadway shows “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations,” “Beetlejuice,” “Hadestown” and “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical” will perform in Herald Square, as will parade staple the Radio City Rockettes.

This year, expect 16 giant character balloons, 40 novelty balloons, 26 floats, 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers, more than 1,000 clowns, and 11 marching bands.

The 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast is produced by Brad Lachman Productions. Brad Lachman serves as executive producer, Bill Bracken will co-executive produce, Ron de Moraes is directing.

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