Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021: How to watch and stream, when it starts

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The party is back in person.

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95th Annual Macy’s???? The Thanksgiving Day parade is a return to normalcy after last year’s spectacle, which went with some radical social-distancing changes.

While the 2020 parade was specially prepared for home-watchers, the 2021 parade is once again a public affair on the streets???? Of course there are also TV viewing options available.


However, some coronavirus-related changes remain in place. Most notably, children under the age of 12 will only be allowed to be spectators, rather than participants.

â???? We had to make some decisions before our parade day to ensure that the health and safety of all the participants were taken care of, ???? Event executive producer Will Koss told the new York Times, Referring to children belonging to the 200-something Macy’s staff who have attended over the years, he said, “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get that elite group of young kids. A????

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For those 12 and older, though, this year’s celebration of helium balloons, turkey, and wholesome family fun should feel like fresh, post-pandemic air. Here’s a guide to who will be in it and how to enjoy it.

Macy’s previews new giant character balloons for the 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on November 13, 2021 in New York City.
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When is this year?? Macy’s?? Thanksgiving Day Parade?

This year’s parade airs Thursday, November 25 from 9 a.m. to noon EST on NBC.

How can I watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade and is it available to stream?

In addition to the NBC broadcast, viewers can also watch entertainment for the first time via livestream on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, starting at 9 a.m. in all time zones.

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Ronald McDonald will swim again this year.
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Where can I watch it in person?

Macyâ????s made useful map To determine the best viewpoint for those wanting to watch the festivities from the street. There are limited public viewing areas where the parade begins at West 77th Street and Central Park West, but early risers (from 6 a.m.) can enjoy spectacular views west of Central Park from 75th to West 61st Streets. Huh. There is no public viewing at Columbus Circle, where the parade turns toward Central Park South, nor at Macy’s Herald Square on its final turn, but views from West 59th to West 38th can be seen.

Macyâ???? has warned fans to avoid watching â??????? Viewing in those locations has been limited due to national television broadcasts on Sixth Avenue between West 34th and West 38th Streets, as well as between Sixth and Seventh Avenues on West 34th.

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A behind-the-scenes glimpse of part of the “Birds of a Stream of Wings” fleet to be presented by Peacock at this year’s parade.
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What’s different about the 2021 parade?

The reduction in floats for children under the age of 12 is a major change for the parade. While usually only 200 or so young children participate, their absence will significantly change the tone of the young floats. Additionally, everyone participating in the parade will be vaccinated, although there is no such requirement for spectators, according to the Times.

Parade staff insist that the experience be as young at heart, though.

A????The same youthful spirit is still a part of this year???? The show, one???? Wesley Whatley, the parade’s creative producer, told the Times.

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“Wicked” rehearsed in Herald Square in preparation for the 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Who are the notable participants?

This year’s star-studded parade will feature Carrie Underwood, Kristin Chenoweth, John Battist, Nelly and Mickey Guyton???? All of whom will remain masked until they are sung. The Rockets will also perform, as will a group of competitive jump ropers, Young People’s Chorus of New York City and the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance.

As far as the notable ones out of 28 balloons, get ready for new ones including Baby Yoda????The Mandalorian???? With an Ada twist, scientists from the Netflix series Animated Children and familiar faces including Papa Smurf and Snoopy. Plus, get ready for a Disney cruise ship and a New Orleans-inspired alligator, NBC told,

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The “Colossal Wave of Wonder” float presented by Kalahari Resorts & Conventions.
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