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BA Article: Floating Down the Runway

Written by Mateo J. Biggs

As the Thanksgiving season approaches and the winter holiday festivities begin to close in on us, many may begin to wonder what exactly they might be able to do– especially over break, even if it may be a short one.

A favorite to many, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a staple part of American household traditions since its original debut in 1924. Of course, the parade we see today has vastly changed since its original format (from using live zoo animals to instead balloons) many iconic characters will reveal themselves for all to see this November 23rd when Macy’s begins the parade once more. 

This year, many familiar faces will once again be seen both live and over recordings for us to enjoy. From “Dragon Ball”’s Goku, “The Mandalorian”’s Grogu, to even newer editions like “Bluey” namesake and main character herself. However, joining this lineup will be “One Piece” main character Monkey D. Luffy, and The Pillsbury Doughboy to provide their own iconic twist to the parade.

Speaking of iconic, what would the parade be without a little pizazz? 

2023’s performance lineup features familiar names such as Cher, Jax, and Pentatonix but it seems this year offers some new faces as well. Korean boy group ENHYPEN will be on the Pinkfong Baby Shark float according to the official lineup page, and Manuel Turizo, Colombian singer, will be on the LEGO Brick-Changer float. 

With floats in mind, it seems that we will also be seeing familiar and new sights. Joining this year’s parade will be a “Peanuts” themed float called Camp Snoopy, “Good Burger 2”’s very own Good Burger Mobile, and even a “Wonka” themed parade known as the Deliciously Delectable World of Wonka to celebrate the momentous release of Warner Bros. Picture’s “Wonka” this December. Of course, familiar sights such as “Sesame Street” and its 1-2-3 Sesame Street float and iconic Tom Turkey. 

In total, this year’s parade will host 25 balloon characters, 6 balloonicles (balloon bicycles), 31 floats in total, 11 marching bands, 18 performers, 29 clown crews, and 7 performance groups. 

Being hosted November 23rd, 2023 from 9am to 12pm (eastern standard time), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be available to watch on NBC and to stream on Peacock. Don’t miss out and kickstart your holiday’s with this festive parade!