This year’s parade—the 95th annual—will return to form after complying with pandemic restrictions last year. It will feature 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands, nine performance groups, and Santa Claus.
New balloon giants joining the lineup include Ada Twist, Scientist, and the Pokémon characters Pikachu and Eevee. Broadway will be represented by the casts of Six, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, and Wicked. The Rockettes will be ready to perform, as will the cast of the upcoming NBC live production of Annie.
“For our 95th celebration, Macy’s has created a spectacle to remember featuring a dazzling array of high-flying balloons, animated floats and incredible performers. We can’t wait to help New York City and the nation kick-off the holiday season with the return of this cherished tradition,” Will Coss, executive producer of the parade, said in a statement.
There will be new floats led by the cast of Girls5eva—Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, and Busy Philipps—Nelly, and Jordan Fisher, while Jon Batiste will be on an alligator-themed float celebrating Louisiana’s music, food, and culture.
Other celebrities on hand include Carrie Underwood, Jimmie Allen, Kelly Rowland, Rob Thomas, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Foreigner, Andy Grammer, Mickey Guyton, Chris Lane, Miss America Camille Schrier, Muppets and Sesame Street stars and the three past and current hosts of Blue’s Clues—Steve Burns, Donovan Patton and Josh Dela Cruz.
Some of the returning balloons will be Astronaut Snoopy, The Boss Baby, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Chase from Paw Patrol, the Pillsbury Doughboy, Red Titan from Ryan’s World, Papa Smurf from The Smurfs, Sonic the Hedgehog, and SpongeBob SquarePants.