Macy’s ‘Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021’: How to watch live free?
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021 to return to its pre-pandemic form. Here’s what to know. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be back in a big way in New York City.
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After pivoting to a modified, audience-free event due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the parade will welcome back the crowds and all of the spectacle audiences in person and those watching on television around the world have come to expect for nearly a century.
“It’s back, and we’re excited to bring it back to the streets of New York City in its full form, in the way that audiences have grown to know and love us,” said parade executive producer Will Coss. “It’s going to be a celebration of spectacle, a celebration of performance, a celebration of culture, a celebration of love. It’s going to be a really exciting day, and we’re really just elated to have the opportunity to bring it back in its true form.”
The 95th marching of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25. Featuring 15 character balloons, 28 floats, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands and 9 performance groups, as well as Santa Claus, the parade will air from 9 a.m. to noon on NBC and Telemundo, and will stream on Peacock.
A pandemic didn’t stop the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but keeps crowds away and balloons distant
Among the celebrities scheduled to appear, according to a Monday morning announcement: aespa; Jimmie Allen; Jon Batiste; “Blue’s Clues & You!” host Josh Dela Cruz and the former hosts of “Blue’s Clues” Steve Burns and Donovan Patton; Kristin Chenoweth
Darren Criss; Jordan Fisher; Foreigner; Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, Busy Philipps of Peacock’s “Girls5eva”;Andy Grammer; Mickey Guyton; Chris Lane; Miss America Camille Schrier; the cast and Muppets of “Sesame Street”; Nelly; Kim Petras; Kelly Rowland; Rob Thomas; Carrie Underwood; Tai Verdes; Zoe Wees; and Tauren Wells, as well as Santa Claus.
There are 28 floats in all, and each is made up of hundreds of different scenic pieces and structural elements. However, the floats do not drive themselves, as they are towed by trucks driven by members of New York’s Theatrical Teamsters, Local 817.
According to Car and Driver, drivers must even wear a jacket and tie to the parade.
Added to the lineup of 15 giant character balloons and 28 floats are newcomers Ada Twist from Netflix’s Ada Twist, Scientist and Grogu from Star Wars and The Mandalorian. That’s right–get ready to behold the glory of the giant flying Baby Yoda.
Check out the official Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade site to easily access this year’s route, safety info, and general parade 101.
When to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air from 9 a.m. to noon ET on Thursday, Nov. 25. If you’re busy in the kitchen during the morning, don’t fret–the parade will be rebroadcast from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For Spanish-speaking viewers, the event will be simulcast on Telemundo with hosts Ana Jurka and Carlos Adyan, plus Freddy Lomelí reporting live from Sixth Avenue.
Where to watch to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV
If you have cable, you can watch the broadcast live on NBC, who is the official broadcaster of the parade. CBS will also show the parade on their network.
How to stream the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
There are a few ways to stream the parade. You can livestream the parade on NBC’s website or on the NBC app, but you’ll need a TV provider and user login to get access. This year, the parade will also be live on NBCUniversal’s new-ish streaming service, Peacock.
You can also use CBS’s streaming service Paramount+ to watch your local CBS channel, though you’ll need a premium subscription.
Another hack from Glamour is to sign up for a free trial of services like Hulu+ Live TV, which adds a live-TV feature to your Hulu account. You can get a seven-day Hulu+ Live free trial before it starts to charge you for the service. Similarly, YouTube TV provides a free trial to new subscribers (so if you did this last Thanksgiving, someone new needs to offer up their registration info). Make sure to set a reminder to cancel your free trials before they start to remind you via bank statement.
Last year NBC partnered with Verizon to stream the parade for free on YouTube. NBC hasn’t confirmed if that will happen again for 2021, so stay tuned in case that option becomes available.
What you should do after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Here’s how to actually enjoy Thanksgiving, even if you’re the one cooking. Oh, and don’t forget the one thing you should never do when carving your turkey. Enjoy.