Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2022: ‘Bluey’ headlines 16 giant character balloons; cast of Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl’ set to appear

NEW YORK — The debut of a giant “Bluey” balloon, Lea Michele and the Broadway cast of “Funny Girl” and the legendary Dionne Warwick are some of the highlights planned for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

This year’s parade – the 96th – will feature 16 giant balloons with characters, 28 floats, 40 new and historic bouncy castles, more than 800 clowns, 12 marching bands, 10 performance groups and of course Santa Claus.

New Balloon Giants joining the lineup on November 24th include Stuart, the one-eyed Minion from Despicable Me 2, a new green dinosaur, an Apatosaurus, the debut of animated sensation Bluey, and a new one Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon.

Other celebrities who will be in attendance include Paula Abdul, making her parade debut; Fitz and the Tantrums; Big time Rush; “Blues clues & You!” Hosts Josh Dela Cruz; Gloria Estefan along with her daughter Emily and grandson Sasha; Kirk Franklin; Mario Lopez; Ziggy Marley; and Miss America 2022 Emma Broyles.

Singers Joss Stone, Jordin Sparks and Betty Who will all be part of the celebrations, as will the stars of Peacock’s Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin – Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland and Flula Borg. Jimmy Fallon & The Roots will be on a float celebrating Central Park.

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“This November we are once again setting the stage for the start of the holiday season and are excited to present another spectacle of magic and wonder that will help create lasting memories with our loved ones at this special time of year,” said Will Coss, the parade’s executive producer, said in a statement.

In addition to Funny Girl, Broadway will be represented by the casts of A Beautiful Noise, Some Like It Hot and The Lion King, which celebrates its 25th anniversary on Broadway. The Radio City Rockettes will also march. This will be Warwick’s third save; She also performed in 1967 and 1984.

Recurring giant balloons include Ada Twist, Scientist, The Boss Baby, Chase from Paw Patrol, The Pillsbury Doughboy, Red Titan from Ryan’s World, Ronald McDonald, Papa Smurf from The Smurfs, SpongeBob Square Pants”. ” and Pikachu and Eevee.

The Macy’s parade was a traditional kick-off to the holiday season, and spectators often stood a half-dozen deep along the route to cheer on the marchers, floats, entertainers and marching bands.

Marching bands will be represented this year from South Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, California, New York, South Dakota, Florida, Missouri, Texas and Veracruz, Mexico.

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