For the first time, the parade will skip Broadway. The parade route beings at Central Park West and 77th Street in New York. The parade will travel down to Columbus Circle and make a turn onto Central Park South. When the parade reaches Seventh Avenue it will turn and go down Seventh Avenue, taking it through Times Square, to 42nd Street. It will then turn east to Sixth Avenue and travel down to 34th Street and Herald Square by Macy’s. The parade will turn at Macy’s and end at Seventh Avenue.
The parade will feature 1,500 dancers, cheerleaders, singers and performers; 15 giant character balloons; 800 clowns; 35 novelty or ornament balloons, balloonheads and balloonicles; 24 floats; 10 marching bands; and a slew of celebrity performers.
New balloons for 2009 are: Sailor Mickey, Ronald McDonald, Spiderman and the Pillsbury Doughboy. New floats for 2009 are: the Local Heroes Helping Everyday float, the There’s A Party in My City float and a new Santa’s Sleigh, which is the first new one in 40 years.
Performers in the parade include: Bello, Andrea Bocelli, Keke Palmer, Grandma and the cast of the Big Apple Circus, the cast of Hair, Boys Like Girls, DJ Lance Rock and the cast of Yo Gabba Gabba!, Kermit the Frog and Tiffany Thornton, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, cast of Billy Elliot, Sarah Hughes, Jane Krakowski, cast of Bye Bye Birdie, Ziggy Marley with Judah Marley, Miss America 2009 – Katie Stam, the Radio City Rockettes, Katharine McPhee, Mitchel Musso, The Pizzarelli Quartet, cast of Shrek, and Jay Sean.
Balloons and floats in the parade include: Hello Kitty, M&M’s Chocolate Candies on Broadway, Flying Ace Snoopy, Winter Wonderland in Central Park, SpongeBob SquarePants, Snoopy’s Doghouse, Shrek, Musical Innovation Bigger Than Life, 123 Sesame Street, Tom Turkey, Dora the Explorer, Buzz Lightyear, Pikachu, Abby Cadabby, the Speed Racer Mach 5, Bridge To The Future, Big Apple, Horton, The Care Bears Winter Fun-derland, Smurfs, Bountiful Harvest Cornucopia, Kermit the Frog, Jolly Polly Pirate Ship, The True Spirit of Thanksgiving, Woodland Family Gathering and Cele-bear-ate Hugs Worldwide.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast on NBC starting at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day until noon in each time zone.
Okay, so it’s not a Carnival, but it’s a parade, and there is music and it’s lots of fun for the kids!!!
Check out Macy’s Parade site here. Very cool!
Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving. Give thanks today and everyday!