The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will return for its 96th year on Nov. 24, has announced the 2022 roster of Broadway shows taking part. The broadcast will open with Lea Michele and the cast of “Funny Girl,” followed by numbers from “A Beautiful Noise,” “Some Like It Hot” and “The Lion King,” which celebrates its 25th anniversary on Broadway this month.
Additional performances and appearances of note will include “Blue’s Clues & You!” host (and “Aladdin” alum) Josh Dela Cruz; Gloria, Sasha and Emily Estefan; the Radio City Rockettes; and former “Waitress” star Jordin Sparks. Original “Avenue Q” star John Tartaglia and cast members of AppleTV+’s “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock” will appear throughout the broadcast.
Hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC and stream on Peacock from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in all time zones. NBCUniversal will present the full NBC broadcast with live audio description on the Secondary Audio Program channel (SAP), provided by Descriptive Video Works. The broadcast will also be available with additional audio narration.
Other performances and appearances will include Paula Abdul, Big Time Rush, Cam, Jordan Davis, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Fitz and the Tantrums, Kirk Franklin, Mario Lopez and family, Ziggy Marley, Miss America 2022 Emma Broyles, the cast and Muppets of “Sesame Street,” Sean Paul, the cast of Peacock’s “Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin” (Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland and Flula Borg), Joss Stone, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Dionne Warwick and Betty Who. Additional talent will be announced soon.
The parade will showcase 5,000 volunteers, 16 character balloons, 28 floats, 40 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 700 clowns, 12 marching bands, 10 performance groups, a host of musical stars and Santa Claus. New balloons for the 96th annual parade will include “Bluey” by BBC, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Abrams Books, “DINO” and “Baby DINO” by Sinclair Oil and “Stuart the Minion” from Illumination. Five new floats will also join the lineup this year, most notably “Supersized Slumber” by Netflix featuring Ballet Hispánico.
Viewers can also expect to see a performance from the Big Apple Circus, puppetry from Phantom Limb, as well as dance from Boss Kids, Fusion Winter Guard, Kilgore Rangerettes, The Sigma Gamma Rho Centennial Steppers, St. John’s Dance Team and Spirit of America Dance Stars.
“Since its first march in 1924 and through the decades, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has served to bring joy to the millions who gather nationwide each year to experience it with friends and family,” said Will Coss, executive producer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
For those who wish to catch the spectacle live, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin from the starting line at 77th Street and Central Park West in Manhattan. The procession will continue down Central Park West to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and then turn again down Sixth Avenue. At 34th Street, the parade will take its final turn to end at Seventh Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square.
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