NEW YORK, New York - An estimated 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million television viewers will watch the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade hit the streets of New York City beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, November 26.
This year, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day will feature 17 giant character balloons; 24 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, and trycaloons; 27 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands; a host of celebrity performers; and of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus.
NBC's TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker will host the three-hour broadcast from 9:00 AM – 12:00PM ET/PT which will be broadcasted on NBC affiliate TV stations.
New Balloons For Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015
Four new giant characters balloon will debut in 2015: Angry Birds’ Red by Rovio Entertainment; the pre-historic and legendary DINO by Sinclair Oil; Ice Age's Scrat and his Acorn by Twentieth Century Fox; and Ronald McDonald returns in the fourth version of his giant balloon.
New Floats Debut In 2015
This year’s six new floats include Big City Cheer! by Spirit of America Productions, The Colonel’s Road Trip to NYC by Kentucky Fried Chicken, The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray, Discover Adventure! by Build-A-Bear, Heartwarming Holiday Countdown by Hallmark Channel and celebrating the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Snoopy’s Doghouse by Peanuts Worldwide.
2015 Performer Lineup
Joining the festivities this year are Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Mariah Carey, Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, Cirque du Soleil, Daughtry, Andra Day, Andy Grammer, Sandra Lee, Shawn Mendes, MercyMe, Mipso, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, Jennifer Nettles, NHL legends Mark and Marty Howe, Jake Owen, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, Rachel Platten, Questlove with the cast & the Muppets of Sesame Street, Prince Royce, the cast of Broadway’s School of Rock, Trey Songz, Jordin Sparks, Chica and the gang from Sprout and Train.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015 Balloon List
ADVENTURE TIME WITH FINN & JAKE
ANGRY BIRDS’ RED
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
ELF ON THE SHELF
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON’S TOOTHLESS
ICE AGE’S SCRAT AND HIS ACORN
RED MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGER
SNOOPY & WOODSTOCK
THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE
THE AFLAC DUCK AFLAC
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015 Float and Performer Line-Up
1-2-3 SESAME STREET
Performance by: The Cast and Muppets of Sesame Street with special guest QUESTLOVE
AT THE BALL GAME
Performance by: Pop star ANDY GRAMMER
NY DAILY NEWS
Performance by: Pop Latin superstar PRINCE ROYCE
BIG CITY CHEER!
SPIRIT OF AMERICA PRODUCTIONS
Performance by: Hip-hop superstar TREY SONGZ; Miss America 2016, BETTY CANTRELL
CASA FRESCA CAFÉ
AVOCADOS FROM MEXICO
Performance by: Rock stars DAUGHTRY
Performance by: Disney Channel stars DOVE CAMERON and SOFIA CARSON
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
Performance by: Acrobats and character artists of CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Paramour
THE ENCHANTING WORLD OF LINDT CHOCOLATE
Performance by: Pop star RACHEL PLATTEN
FREE TO PLAY
Performance by: Sprout’s icon CHICA, and her fellow co-hosts from Sprout’s daily Sunny Side Up Show along with Michele Lepe and Star from the Good Night Show
FROZEN FALL FUN
Performance by: Country music star JAKE OWEN and NHL® legends MARK and MARTY HOWE.
THE GIRL-POWERED SPINNING MACHINE
Performance by: Pop sensation JORDIN SPARKS
IT’S ALL ROCK & ROLL
Performance by: The Broadway cast of SCHOOL OF ROCK
HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN
Performance by: American music legend MARIAH CAREY
MOUNT RUSHMORE’S AMERICAN PRIDE
SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM
Performance by: Rock sensations MERCYME
ON THE ROLL AGAIN
HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON
Performance by: Soul singer ANDRA DAY
The one-and only Santa Claus makes his way down the Parade route to Macy’s Herald Square. Straight from his home at the North Pole, Santa will ride his sleigh through the streets of New York City, delighting children of all ages along the path. Depicting Santa’s magical night of travel around the globe on Christmas Eve, we see the famed Toyshop, his giant bag of toys, and the famous reindeer pulling the sleigh.
Macy’s own giant steam locomotive the Santaland Express, returns to the Parade route, as a preview to Santa’s highly anticipated entrance. With its whistle blowing and steam billowing more than 30-feet from its smokestack, this train is bound for 34th Street.
STIRRIN’ UP SWEET SENSATIONS
Performance by: Country star JENNIFER NETTLES STONE
FOREST OF KUNMING
CHINA SINO-AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION
Performance of: Traditional Chinese Folk Dance
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Performance by: Rock band PANIC! AT THE DISCO
THE COLONEL’S ROAD TRIP TO NYC
KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN
Performance: Bluegrass stars MIPSO
THE CRANBERRY COOPERATIVE
Performance by: American rock band TRAIN
Tom Turkey takes his traditional place as the lead float in the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Performance by: Pop sensation SHAWN MENDES
WINTER WONDERLAND IN CENTRAL PARK
DELTA AIR LINES
Performance by: The legendary PAT BENATAR and NEIL GIRALDO
A WORLD AT SEA
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL
Performance by: Pop-Punk band PLAIN WHITE T’S
BIG APPLE CIRCUS WAGONS
FDNY 1924 FORD MODEL T VINTAGE FIRE TRUCK
McDONALD’S BIG RED SHOE CAR
MOUNTED PARKS ENFORCEMENT PATROL AND NYPD MOUNTED UNIT
NUTCRACKER & MOUSE KING
PLANTERS NUTMOBILE PLANTERS
Image Credit: Macy's