WMTR’s Holiday Guide

The 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thursday, November 24th, live from New York City. The celebration will kick off at 9 am and there’s a lot to cover in regard to the parade’s dazzling lineup this year.

Before you start prepping the turkey and sides for your big feast, rest assured, the TODAY Show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker will be back to host the holiday procession.

The nation’s most beloved holiday event will feature a total of 16 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 40 novelty and heritage inflatables, 12 marching bands, special musical performances, the one-and-only Santa Claus, and so much more. 

“Since its first march in 1924 and through the decades, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has served to bring joy to the millions who gather nationwide each year to experience it with friends and family,” said Will Coss, Executive Producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in a press release. “This November, as we once again set the stage for the start of the holiday season, we are thrilled to showcase another spectacle full of magic and wonder that will help create everlasting memories with loved ones during this special time of year.”

New giants joining the 2022 balloon line-up this year include Bluey by BBC Studios; Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Abrams Books; DINO and Baby DINO by Sinclair Oil; and Stuart the Minion from Illumination.

In addition, five new floats will travel down to Columbus Circle Thursday morning and make a debut in the Turkey Day celebration. The floats and their scheduled performers include Baby Shark by Pinkfong and Nickelodeon; Geoffrey’s Dazzling Dance Party by Toys“R”Us; People of First Light by Macy’s; Supersized Slumber by Netflix; and The Wondership by Wonder.

Scroll below to check out the new balloons and floats to be featured in the 96th edition of Macy’s iconic spectacle on Thursday morning.