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After everything that 2020 took from us, the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is gearing up to be a proper celebration.
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Sonic the Hedgehog, Pikachu and Eevee, Baby Yoda, and 1980s ballad rockers Foreigner headline the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a feety-pajamas Thanksgiving morning tradition for fans young and old alike. It airs on Thursday, Nov. 25, beginning at 9 a.m. EST.
The three-hour broadcast will be hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker.
NBC is carrying the broadcast, available either from your local network affiliate or the NBC app on iOS or Android. The Today Show’s Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, and Savannah Guthrie will be providing the play-by-play and analysis. The parade also airs on delay at 9 a.m. PST, so folks on the West Coast don’t have to get up early.
Celebrated Vtuber Sonic is returning to the parade to celebrate his 30th birthday. Sega is rolling out its “modern Sonic” balloon, used from 2011 to 2013, for the occasion. 2013 is also the most recent year the Blue Blur made an appearance, one of eight in his lifetime.
Pikachu will make its 21st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance, good for fifth place, all time, among characters appearing as balloons. The Pokémon mascot is one appearance behind Kermit the Frog (22 parades, most recently 2012) and tied with Mickey Mouse and, of all things, Sinclair Oil’s dinosaur, a staple from 1963 to 1976, which returned in 2015 to promote the company’s 100th anniversary the next year.
This year, Pikachu and Eevee will debut The Pokémon Company’s newest balloon design, riding together in a Pokéball-themed sleigh. This year’s balloon is about 30% smaller (by volume) than the version that paraded from 2014-2020, but it still needs the standard 90 handlers to wrangle it.
And Baby Yoda (Grogu, for non-SEO purposes) marches down Sixth Avenue sponsored by Funko, which means Grogu’s design is based on his vinyl Funko Pop. He’s wearing his Joe Namath fur coat and chasing after The Mandalorian’s gear shifter.
Finally, Dragon Ball’s Goku will also return, in balloon form, for his third appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
For those in New York, the annual balloon inflation will be on Wednesday, Nov. 24 from noon to 6 p.m. Fans must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before entering the free event at 72nd St. and Columbus Ave.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021: Fun facts about one of New York’s most iconic traditions
The annual Macy’sThanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition that draws spectators from around the world.
Dozens of giant balloons and iconic floats with stunning performances are part of the magic every New Year’s Eve.
Last year’s parade was a small pandemic event, located next to Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square. This year, the parade will start on the Upper West Side and head toward Central Park West, across Central Park South, and down Sixth Avenue before turning onto 34th Street to Macy’s on Broadway.
Have you ever wondered how many hours go into creating the show? Or how many people are involved in the parade? And do you know what the height of the tallest balloon is? Or how many gallons of paint are used in all the designs?
The last answer is 240 gallons, along with 375 brushes, in case you were wondering. But what about the others?
How to Watch or Stream the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The official-unofficial kick-off of the holiday season, aka the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, is returning in full force this year. After 2020’s crowd-less experience, thousands of parade-goers are expected to line the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 25, while millions more will tune in from across the country to watch the festivities from their couches.
Personally, my new favorite Thanksgiving tradition (which is about to be six years strong) is the annual reunion between Jamal Hinton and his “Thanksgiving grandma.” To stick to the classic Thanksgiving routine, here’s everything you need to know to tune into the 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.