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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021: Start time, how to watch and stream without cable

Thursday brings the 95th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring Carrie Underwood, John Batiste, dance groups, marching bands and towering floats.

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Thursday is the 95th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. See the lineup below, and where to watch.

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On Thursday, Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day, Macy's will kick off its 95th Thanksgiving Day Parade. We'll tell you when to tune in and where you can stream and watch the parade. There will be numerous celebrity appearances and performances (we'll also tell you who below), and the customary marching bands and dazzling floats. 

This year, the parade will resume normal activities sidelined last year due to COVID lockdowns. For instance, spectators will be allowed to watch the parade in person, which takes place along a 2.5-mile route through Manhattan. 

Here's what time the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade starts, who it will feature and everywhere you can stream it at home without cable. (And here's where you can score red-hot Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving Day.)

When does the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade start?

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 25 and runs until 12 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on NBC at 9 a.m. in all time zones

How to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The parade will air on NBC, so you can watch it on any streaming service that offers that channel. Here are some options. Note that many of these come with a free trial if you've never subscribed.

Who's performing at the Thanksgiving Day parade in 2021?

The following are among the many performers at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade who will make special appearances on floats.

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Jon Batiste
  • Sesame Street (cast and Muppets)
  • Aespa
  • Andy Grammer
  • Foreigner
  • Kelly Rowland
  • Jimmie Allen
  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • Nelly
  • Rob Thomas
  • Chris Lane
  • Girls5eva (yes, from the TV show)

Other appearances include Darren Criss, Jordan Fisher, Josh Dela Cruz, Steve Burns, Donovan Patton, Kim Petras, Mickey Guyton, Tai Verdes, Tauren Wells and Zoe Wees.