The Macy’s Parade Lineup Features Diana Ross, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, and More


Earlier this week, Kelly Clarkson was added to the lineup for the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Set to air on NBC at 9 a.m. ET, the parade, as always, features an impressive assortment of musical acts. This year is certainly no exception.

Extending 2.5 miles through New York City, the parade also plays host to marching bands from around the nation. Plus, we can’t forget the seriously impressive floats and, of course, the absolutely massive character balloons.

Here’s what you can expect to see if you tune in (or turn up to the parade route) this year.

Macy's 2018 Lineup
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Musical Talent

Clarkson will be joining many other previously announced celebrities including the incredible Diana Ross and John Legend. Others scheduled to perform include Rita Ora, YouTube sensation Pentatonix, Sugarland, Ella Mai, Bad Bunny, Barenaked Ladies, and Martina McBride.

Broadway casts for Mean Girls, My Fair Lady, The Prom, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical will also be performing. Plus, we’ll also see the Tony Award-winning Anika Noni Rose, and Sesame Street’s Muppets.

The Radio City Rockettes will be there as well, as they always are. Additionally, there will also be either eleven or twelve marching bands. They include the James Madison University Band, the Ohio State University Marching Band and the Riverside City College Marching Tigers.

Giant Balloons

Macy's Pikachu Balloon
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You can certainly expect to see traditional favorites and mainstays like Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Plus, favorites like The Grinch, Olaf, Pikachu, SpongeBob, and others will also be carried down the parade route. Of course, there are several new balloons as well this year. They include the Saiyan warrior Goku from Dragon Ball, Sunny the Snowpal, and Little Cloud. From Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles, there will also be balloons for the elves Fleck, Bjorn, Jojo, and Hugg.

New Floats

Macy's Tom Turkey Float
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There are also some new floats hitting the parade route this year. They include a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle float, Santa’s Saint Bernards Save Christmas, the Kinder Fantasy Chocolate Factory. Also joining the float lineup is a Splashing Safari Adventure float. All in all, there are expected to be 27 floats this year total. As always, we’ll also see Macy’s good ol’ Tom Turkey, and Santa’s Sleigh will bring up the rear.