This year’s 95th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is back with a bang and a lot grander on Thursday morning.
After the celebration go virtual last year due to COVID-19, the 2021 celebration is one for the books despite the continuing pandemic.
The widely popular celebration kicked off at 9 a.m. from Central Park West and 77th Street and will cover its traditional two-and-a-half-mile trek south through Midtown.
In anticipation of this year’s grand celebration, a number of tourists and locals lined up early Thursday to ensure they have a good spot to watch the 28 floats and 15 oversized balloons make their way through Manhattan.
Part of this year’s festivity is longtime classics like Snoopy and Papa Smurf and some notable newcomers like Ada Twist, the scientist from the animated children’s Netflix series, and the beloved Baby Yoda from “The Mandalorian,” which is making its parade debut.
Some of the interesting floats this year include a glittering alligator on wheels, complete with azaleas, magnolias, and Mardi Gras beads that will be an homage to Louisiana and was created by the state’s tourism office.
Moreover, it was learned that a flashy turquoise and green peacock float will also strut its way through Midtown for the first time to celebrate NBC’s new streaming service Peacock, as will a Disney Cruise Line boat that will celebrate the return of cruises.
Those who cannot make it to the celebration can still watch it on NBC live from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
In addition to the NBC broadcast, for the first time, viewers can also watch the fun via Livestream on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, beginning at 9 a.m. across time zones as well as on Fubo.