The 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be held on November 25th, 2021 in New York City, and will be shown to viewers live on NBC that same day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. It will be hosted by Savannah GuthrieHoda Kotb and Al Roker. Participating celebrities will include Andy Grammer, Foreigner, Kristin Chenoweth, Jimmie Allen, Kelly Rowland and Kim Petras.

There are currently 0 days, 7 hours, 34 minutes and 17 seconds until the 2021 Macy’s Parade.

Parade Lineup

Listed below is the current information known about the 2021 line of march. More information will be added as time goes by and new/returning Parade units are announced.

Bold indicates a new Parade unit, and * indicates a retired Parade unit.


Giant Balloons

Heritage Balloons

  • Smokey Bear (U.S. Department of Agriculture – Forest Service) – 3rd time
  • Santa Starflakes (Universal Orlando Resort) – 1st time

Novelty Balloons




Specialty Units

Toy Floats

Marching Bands

Guest Stars

Specialty Characters

Performance Groups

Pre-Parade Acts


Stilt Walkers

Clown Cars


  • The 95th annual procession will mark the return of the 2.5-mile long Parade route, with spectators once again being allowed to line the streets of New York City. The 2021 Macy’s Parade health and safety procedures include, but are not limited to the following:
    • All volunteer participants and staff will be vaccinated. Vaccine verification will be conducted at all back of house entry points. A few exceptions to this procedure may be made at the sole discretion of Macy’s and its medical consultant based on select extenuating circumstances. For those rare instances, Macy’s medical consultant will administer COVID-19 testing and clear the individual for Parade participation.
    • All participants and staff regardless of vaccination status will wear face coverings and additional protective equipment, as warranted by their role. As appropriate, exceptions may include singers, dancers and musicians performing down the route or for the national broadcast.
    • Macy’s will implement a reduction in the overall number of participants of between 10 to 20 percent (approximately 800 to 1,600 participants).
    • Social distancing practices will be in place at all interior/exterior Parade operations including costuming areas, seating and participant check-in.
  • On September 8th, 2021, Macy’s released the initial production plan for that years Parade:
    • Marching band, cheer and specialty group performances originally slated for the 2020 Parade will take place this year live in New York City.
    • Macy’s signature giant character balloons will once again be flown with 80-100 handlers, the flight management team and its anchor vehicle.
    • The return of Macy’s Balloon Inflation event is currently under consideration. More information will be announced in November.
    • Details on the exact public viewing locations including viewing maps, entry guidelines and restrictions will be announced in November. Spectators are encouraged to check in advance of their travel to the Parade route.

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