Kick off the holiday season on NBC on Thursday, November 24th 2016, 9am to 12pm, all time zones, encore presentation 2pm to 5pm,
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2016/11/23 – “It’s our 90th anniversary and we’ve got three giant balloons making their debut this year,” says Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade EP Amy Kule. “We’ve got Charlie Brown coming back for the second time. The first time we had him it was in 2002, We’ve got Diary of a Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley is with us This is also his second balloon. But he’s in full color this time. The previous time he was in black and white. And it we’re talking about color we’ve got the trolls. We’ve got four balloons in one. We’ve never done that before.”
“On the balloon side we’re brining back a balloon that first flew in 1927,” says Kule. Felix the cat was the very first character balloon that we had in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. But back then we didn’t use helium. Back then balloons came down the street on poles. We’re going to recreate that just like it was 1927. And this year we’ve got some new technology as well. WE’ve got a balloon called Trixie who’s got accordion legs.
Kule will cut the ribbon then the parade begins. In the opening march down the parade rout will be U.S. Paralympic stars Tatyana and Hannah McFadden.
Hosting from NBC’s Today Show are Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. The parade is simulcast on Telemundo in Spanish with hosts Jessica Carrillo and Carlos Ponce.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade kicks off the rest of the holiday season. The parade first graced the streets on New York in 1924. This year they expect to have more then than 3.5 million spectators in Manhattan and more than 50 million viewers on television.
For the 90th edition, the line-up will feature 16 giant character balloons; 27 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 16 marching bands and performance groups.
Stars scheduled to be there are Tony Bennett, Kelsea Ballerini, De La Soul, Brett Eldredge, Christopher Jackson, Sandra Lee, Sarah McLachlan, and the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, also there to kick off the season in high style are the world-famous Radio City Rockettes. Santa also makes an appearance on a sleigh.
Viewers will get a sneak preview performance from NBC’s Hairspray Live! which premieres Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 2016 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Other Theatrical productions to be featured on 34th Street Cats, Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical and some surprises.
“We’re thrilled to once again broadcast the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as it celebrates 90 incredible years of providing an unmatched spectacle for families across the nation,” says NBC Entertainment EVP special programming and late night Doug Vaughan. “The 90th procession marks an extraordinary milestone in the history of the parade and New York City, and we can’t think of a better way to kick off the holiday season.”
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Brad Lachman Productions. Brad Lachman serves as executive producer, Bill Bracken will co-executive produce and Ron de Moraes directs.