Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a long-standing tradition for many families. If you can't get to New York City to watch all of the fabulous floats and enormous balloons, the parade will be broadcast live on NBC TV.
Not near a TV? Watch the parade live online on Earthcam.com or by downloading the free Macy's Thanksgiving Parade app for the iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone or tablets. The free app features live video feeds from different areas along the 2.5-mile parade route.
ANNOUNCEMENT! The Holiday Season is not truly "Official" until Santa appears in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade pic.twitter.com/WUfJwYVkY1
— Michael La Rocca (@WizardOfAZ) November 20, 2014
This is the 88th year of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, with NBC explaining that the parade will once again be hosted by Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie. The fun starts at 9 a.m. ET, with Gothamist reporting that six new balloons will be introduced this year — Thomas the Tank Engine; Paddington Bear; a brand new Pokemon Pikachu balloon; Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger; the Pillsbury Doughboy; and Skylanders Eruptor.
In addition to the new balloons, expect to see some old favorites including Hello Kitty, SpongeBob SquarePants, Ronald McDonald, Snoopy and Woodstock, Spider-Man, Adventure Time with Finn & Jake, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, and The Elf on the Shelf.
NBC states that to the giant character balloons, this year's parade features 33 novelty balloons; 27 floats; 1,300 cheerleaders and dancers; 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands; and a long list of celebrity performers including Nick Jonas, Lucy Hale, Becky G., and Hilary Duff.
On this date in 1948, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was first shown on television. pic.twitter.com/1b7otY5k5b
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The weather outlook for the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade looks decent, so all of the balloons and floats should be ready to go as scheduled — although the streets and sidewalks may need a bit of shoveling. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, snow is in the forecast for NYC on Wednesday, but it is expected to end by 1 a.m. on Thursday. By the time the parade starts, it should be cloudy with only a slight chance of precipitation.
Watch a preview of some of the new Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons in the video above. The video below takes a look at the history of the parade that dates back to 1926.