Crowds of what’s expected to be 3 million people are gathering Manhattan’s streets to catch the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
With temperatures rising to a high of 50 on Thursday morning along with clear skies, spectators should have a clear view of the 16 giant balloon characters set to fly at 9 a.m.
Along with the iconic balloons, the parade will also feature 28 floats, 12 marching bands, 700 clowns and several music stars are set to make their way through on Thanksgiving Day.
Organizers said the parade will begin in the city’s Upper West Side and end at Macy’s iconic store at Herald Square.
The attendance is predicted to include 500,000 more people than last year. The 2020 parade was a TV-only festival due to the pandemic.
While all eyes will be on the parade, viewers may notice the absence of The Today Show’s Al Roker, who may miss the event for the first time in 27 years after being hospitalized for blood clots.
About 3 million people are expected to attend the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan as the weather warms up and skies are clear for the giant balloons, including of the iconic Ronald McDonald
Organizers said the parade will begin in the city’s Upper West Side and end at Macy’s iconic store at Herald Square
Pictured: Parade organizers prepping the ever prevalent Snoopy balloon, this time dressed as an astronaut
Crowds have been forming by the parade route all morning along New York City Streets
Broadway singer Lea Michele was spotted preparing for her performance as the parade begins
Among the newest balloons hitting the skies will be popular Grogu from the Star Wars franchise
Along with the balloons, 28 floats will be making their way to Herald Square. Pictured: Lego’s Brick-Changer float
Performers in the parade include Paula Abdul, The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, Jordan Sparks and Gloria Estefan, who will appear with her daughter and grandson.
Mariah Carey is set to be the grand finale performer as she performs ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ at the Macy’s store in Herald Square.
Along with giant balloon classics like Ronald McDonald, this year’s parade will premier ‘Striker the U.S. Soccer Star’ in celebration of the World Cup. Some of the balloons are as high as four-story buildings.
Snoopy was among the many mainstays of the parade, appearing in his NASA suit as the longest-running character to appear at the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Pictured: The Sinclair Oil Dino and Baby Dino balloon being prepped on Thursday morning
The Kevin the Minion balloon is being inflated during the 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade