BWW's 2013 Thanksgiving Day Parade Guide - Who to Watch on What Channel!
The nation's most beloved spectacle, the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, returns for the 87th year of magic on Thursday, Nov. 28 (9 a.m.-noon) throughout the country on NBC.
To kick off the holiday season, more than 8,000 participants will march through the streets of Manhattan at the sound of the time-honored words "Let's Have a Parade." Against a backdrop of more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide, the parade's signature elements, including its giant balloons, floats of fantasy, performers and the one-and-only Santa Claus, will ring in the holiday season with unrivaled celebration.
The 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will step-off at 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will travel down to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy's Herald Square.
The festivitives will be festured both on NBC and CBS, each providing performances from different Broadway companies. BroadwayWorld brings you a roundup of what to watch, where and when, below!
THE 87TH ANNUAL MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON NBC
9 AM- Noon in all time zones.
Enhancing the Parade's signature entertainment will be the world-famous Radio City Rockettes helping to kick-off the holidays, along with performances from Broadway's best musicals including "Kinky Boots," "Pippin," "Matilda," "Motown: The Musical" and more. In addition, the first-hour of the national broadcast will feature a special appearance by Carrie Underwood and members of the cast of NBC's "The Sound of Music Live!"
The star power on Thanksgiving Day comes courtesy of hosts Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie of NBC's "Today," and performers from music, film, sports, theater and television. Joining the festivities this year are the Big Apple Circus, Kristin Chenoweth, Cherokee National Youth Choir, Chica and the gang from Sprout, Cirque du Soleil, Gavin DeGraw, Brett Eldredge, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots with the cast of "Sesame Street," Fifth Harmony, Florida Georgia Line, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Jack Hannah, Megan Hilty, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, ShaRon Jones and The Dap Kings, Sandra Lee, Cher Lloyd, Austin Mahone, Mannheim Steamroller, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, NFL legends Bart Oates, Amani Toomer and Hines Ward, NHL legends Cam Neely and Mike Richter, as well as Kellie Pickler, The Robertson family from A&E's hit series "Duck Dynasty," Debby Ryan, Richard Simmons, and The Summer Set.
THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON CBS, live from New York City
9:00 AM-Noon, live ET; 8:00-11:00 AM, live CT; 7:00-10:00 AM, live MT; 9:00-Noon, delayed PT.
Performances during the parade will include the Broadway casts of the hit Broadway productions "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella," "First Date" and "A Night with Janis Joplin." Jonathan Groff, who lends his vocal talents to the new animated film "Frozen," and Dulé Hill, who stars in the Broadway musical production "After Midnight" will drop by to chat with anchors KEVIN FRAZIER and Thea Andrews from "omg! Insider."
A CBS Thanksgiving tradition in its 53rd year, the special will feature portions of the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade live from New York City, as well as performances by country music superstars Lady Antebellum. Since its 2006 inception, the group has won the "Vocal Group of the Year" honor from both the ACM and the CMA three times in a row and has sold over 11 million albums worldwide. The trio has taken seven trips to #1 on the country radio charts, earned five Platinum singles, including their recent single "Downtown," and has won seven GRAMMY Awards, including the all-genre "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year." Most recently, Lady A released the new single "Compass," and will kick off their headlining TAKE ME DOWNTOWN Tour in January.