How to watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020: Livestream, social media and more

Good morning, all. Happy Thanksgiving 2020.

In yet another reminder of the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York is continuing, but without the crowds and hundreds of volunteers who make it happen every year.

The parade will, however, still air in living rooms across the country as you Zoom with grandma and grandpa over turkey and pumpkin pie. (Hopefully they’ve figured out how to use Zoom by now.)

The 94th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will scale back on its typical 2.5-mile route in order to prevent large crowds. It will travel from Central Park West to Herald Square.

Instead of having 80-100 handlers, some balloons will be outfitted with a “specially rigged anchor tether framework of five specialty vehicles,” according to Macy’s and NBC.

Because it was filmed in segments, the only way to see the parades, performances and commentary is on TV and online.

How to Watch:

This year’s parade will air from 9 a.m.- noon ET, Thursday, Nov. 26, on NBC and Telemundo.

Macy’s will have a stream on its website beginning at 9 a.m. ET.

You can also head to or to watch the parade starting at 9 a.m. ET.

Who is hosting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

“Today” hosts Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker will host for NBC. Adamari Lopez, Rodner Figueroa, Jessica Carrillo and Nastassja Bolivar will host for Telemundo. Mario Lopez is hosting the Verizon stream.

Who is performing/appearing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

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The cast of “Hamilton” will perform in the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” that will air 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 26, on NBC.(Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)Virginia Sherwood/NBC

Jimmy Fallon and the Roots are slated to open the show. Others include Broadway shows “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations,” “Hamilton,” “Mean Girls” and “Jagged Little Pill,” as well as the Radio City Rockettes, Patti LaBelle, Dolly Parton, Leslie Odom Jr., Bebe Rexha, Jordin Sparks, Sebastián Yatra, Brett Young, Pentatonix, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, CNCO, Sofia Carson, Lauren Alaina, Ally Brooke, Tori Kelly and Karol G. Oh, and Santa, of course.


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The new Boss Baby balloon that will be on display at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday. Because of COVID-19, the 2020 edition of the parade will be a mostly broadcast-only affair.Eugene Gologursky | Getty Images

New balloons for 2020: Boss Baby and the Red Titan from “Ryan’s World.” Returning balloons include Pikachu, Astronaut Snoopy, the Sinclair Oil Dino, Elf on the Shelf, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” the Pillsbury Doughboy, Ronald McDonald, Chase from “Paw Patrol,” SpongeBob SquarePants, Smokey the Bear, Go Bowling balloonicles, Hugg, Bjorn, Jojo and Fleck from “The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two” on Netflix, Love Flies Up to the Sky by Yayoi Kusama, The Nutcracker and “Trolls.”

The CBS Thanksgiving Day Celebration

In addition to the Macy’s Parade, CBS is offering a “Thanksgiving Day Celebration” at the same time, from 9 a.m.-noon. It will air on CBS-TV and CBS All Access. Hosts are “Entertainment Tonight’s” Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight. It will air segments from previous parades, as well as celebrity interviews.

Among the performances: Country stars Maddie & Tae, as well as Mickey Guyton; casts of the hit Broadway musicals “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Come From Away.”

Frazier and Knight also will connect with celebrities about their holiday plans, including Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race and Tough As Nails), Folake Olowofoyeku (Bob Hearts Abishola), Lina Esco (S.W.A.T.), and Erich Bergen (Madam Secretary), among others.

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