The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade kicked off on Thursday morning in New York City at about 8 am to a crowd of almost three million people.
And there were plenty celebrities on hand to take in the 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands and nine performance groups.
Busy Philipps, Darren Criss, Nelly, Mickey Guyton, Girls5Eva star Renee Elise Goldsberry, Sara Bareilles and Kelly Rowland were all dressed up in their winter clothes to enjoy the 95th annual event.
Hot stuff in pink: Busy Philipps of Cougar Town fame was seen in a bubblegum pink leotard while at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday
A starry day: There were plenty celebrities on hand to take in the 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands and nine performance groups
Busy wore a bright pink leotard with a cowl neck. She also had on the Pastel Latte Mixed Jewel Ear Warmer ($125) and the Pastel Latte Mixed Jewel Fingerless gloves ($95) from Lele Sadoughi.
The beauty added a pink and brown plaid coat well as black chunky boots with light pink socks.
The Cougar Town actress wore her blonde hair down in soft curls as she was heavily made up with pink lipstick and shadow.
Darren was dapper in a dark blue coat and a scarlet red scarf. The 34-year-old San Francisco native, who is best known for his hit TV series Glee, was seen on a float as he waved to the crowd.
With her pals: From left, Girls5Eva star Renee Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, Philipps, Sara Bareilles all seen side by side
Fall look: Bareilles wore a brown cable sweater under a beige and black plaid coat as she added point caramel colored short boots. The singer from Eureka, California added a chocolate brown beanie cap
Sara Bareilles wore a brown cable sweater under a beige and black plaid coat as she added point caramel colored short boots. The singer from Eureka, California added a chocolate brown beanie cap.
Kelly looked ready for Christmas in an emerald green coat with her hair worn down.
Mickey was ready for her closeup in an electric purple wool coat with a black buckled belt. The singer had a matching purple top and slacks underneath as well as pointy boots. She wore her long hair down as it touched her hips.
And rapper Nelly had on a puffy blue and red down jacket over a red top as he added a baseball cap.
Lovely in deep lilac: Mickey was ready for her closeup in an electric purple wool coat with a black buckled belt. The singer had a matching purple top and slacks underneath as well as pointy boots. She wore her long hair down as it touched her hips
Carrie Underwood was seen in a red outfit as she was shown in a winter wonderland with snow on the ground.
Also scheduled to be there: Jimmie Allen, Rob Thomas, Kristin Chenoweth, Foreigner, Andy Grammer, Chris Lane, Miss America Camille Schrier, Muppets from Sesame Street.
There were also the three past and current hosts of Blue’s Clues – Steve Burns, Donovan Patton and Josh De la Cruz.
The South Korean K-Pop group Aespa also joined in the festivities as one of the new acts.
The Blues trio: The three past and current hosts of Blue’s Clues – Steve Burns, Donovan Patton and Josh De la Cruz – appeared together on their float
Ready in red: Zoe Wees was in a red jacket with her hair back as she sang a song while on the Lego float
The event returned to its pre-pandemic glory. Overall, about 6,500 performers are featured in this year’s celebration.
‘For our 95th celebration, Macy’s has created a spectacle to remember featuring a dazzling array of high-flying balloons, animated floats and incredible performers,’ Will Coss, the executive producer of the parade, said in a statement.’
This year’s upcoming parade comes after the downsizing of last year’s which had cut thousands of participants, limited the route to one block, and of course requested spectators to watch the anticipated holiday tradition solely on their television screens.
Orlando Veras, a Macy’s spokesman, told CNN that about 2.5 million people came out in person this year to watch the parade. ‘We’re so thrilled to be back,’ he said.
Musician Nelly laughed along and waved at the crowd a top Kalahari Resorts’ Colossal Wave of Wonder parade float
Musician Jon Batiste performed in front of the crowd of thousands a top one of the longest floats in the parade’s history
The 95th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving parade kicked off on Thursday morning with a cheer squad and Tom the Turkey
The parade kicked off at 9 a.m. and goes on until 12 p.m. with a plethora of balloons, floats and performers
The parade also features 28 holiday floats. The Jolly Green Giant float was among the first to hit the streets following Tom
New balloon giants joining the line-up.
They include Ada Twist, Scientist; the pint-sized hero from ‘The Mandalorian’ and the Pokémon characters Pikachu and Eevee on a sled.
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.
The Tom Turkey float kicked off the Big Apple’s celebration on Thursday morning, with 27 floats set to follow his lead
Red Titan, from Ryan’s World, soars over New York City with an entourage of superheroes guiding his path
Ada Twist, the pint-sized scientist from the Netflix series, was among one of the newest characters to fly at the parade
The beloved SpongeBob SquarePants graced the skies once again with an all-yellow group pulling him along
Santa Claus’s appearance in his sleigh marks the end of the parade and official start to the holiday season
Some of the returning balloons are ‘The Boss Baby,’ ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid,’ Chase from ‘Paw Patrol,’ the Pillsbury Doughboy, Ronald McDonald, Red Titan from ‘Ryan’s World,’ Papa Smurf, Sonic the Hedgehog and SpongeBob SquarePants.
As in years past, the New York Police Department blocked off all vehicle access points to the parade route with sand-filled garbage trucks, other heavy vehicles and approximately 360,000 pounds of concrete barriers.
Thousands of officers are assigned to the parade route, including counterterrorism teams.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said there were no specific, credible threats to the parade.
Paw Patrol’s Chase was among the balloon characters, with the mascot from Diary of a Wimpy Kid following behind
The titular Boss Baby also made an appearance at the Big Apple joining the other 15 character balloons
Sinclair’s Dino balloon also made an appearance at the parade with a green dinosaur-themed crew below him
More than 6,500 performance walked down the streets of Manhattan as part of the holiday celebration
Among the favorites of the morning was the much anticipated Baby Yoda balloon, who was shortly followed by a procession of Storm Troopers from the popular Star Wars franchise.
Jon Batiste performed a top an alligator-themed float, Celebration Gator, celebrating Louisiana’s music, food and culture. The float was one of the longest in the parade’s 95-year history.
Big Bird, Elmo and the rest of the Sesame Street gang also made an appearance on their themed float as they waved to spectators on the streets.
The popular Baby Yoda, Grogu, from The Mandalorian made a big splash at this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The villainous Stormtroopers made an appearance as well performing their nefarious march down the streets of NYC
There were nine performance dance groups taking the stage at the Thanksgiving Day parade
Elmo joined Big Bird’s nest and waved on to spectators on the street aboard the popular Sesame Street float
Other mainstays at the parade who made an appearance was Papa Smurf and the Pillsbury Doughboy. Goku, from the popular Dragon Ball series remained among the 15 character balloons after first appearing in 2018.
Sonic the Hedgehog, the beloved video game character, also appeared overhead to greet New York City.
Among the nine performance groups at the parade were Ballet Hispanico, the Big Apple Circus, Jumpers United for Macy’s Parade, Spirit of America Dance Stars and Spirit of America Cheer.
The floats included were Peacock’s Birds of a Feather Stream Together, Louisiana’s Celebration Gator, Kalahari Resorts’ Colossal Wave of Wonder, Disney Cruise’s Magic Meets the Sea and McDonald’s Big Red Shoe Car.
Although he’s originally about an apple-tall, Papa Smurf joined the Big Apple parade as a humongous balloon
The Pillsbury Doughboy followed Papa Smurf as the baking mascot celebrated another year in the NYC skyline
The Blue Blur, Sonic the Hedgehog, slowed down for a moment to join parade goers in New York City
Flag twirlers took the streets for a display of their skills as they joined about 6,500 others putting on a show this year
The beloved parade also featured more than 800 clowns who marched and goofed off as they walked the streets
The White House released a photo of the call, providing the first glimpse of the private 13,000 square feet home owned by David Rubenstein the Biden clan is staying in.
The photo showed the first couple sitting together on a love seat in a sunny living room, a giant big screen TV in front of them with Al Roker and the parade playing.
This morning, the President and the First Lady called Al Roker while watching NBC Today’s 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with their family, the White House said in a statement.
‘My message is after two years, we’re back, America is back, there’s nothing we’re unable to overcome, Al, you’re one of the reasons for that, pal. You’re always up, always rooting,’ Biden said on the call, which played out live on NBC’s broadcast.
President Joe Biden appeared at the parade from a distance, calling beside wife Jill from billionaire David Rubenstein’s home
The Ronald McDonald parade float received an upgrade this year as the clown adorned a new holiday suit with a red heart
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