Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2017: What to expect

It's the 91st year for the holiday event
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2017: What to expect
Posted at 1:05 PM, Oct 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 07:09:21-05

There will be a giant balloon Elf on the Shelf and Trolls in the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The annual event in Manhattan, slated for this Thursday, Nov. 23, features a number of novelty balloons and "balloonicles" — balloon figures on bicycles.

Macy's has released a list of celebrities who will be part of or performing in the parade this year. It includes:
98 Degrees
Lauren Alaina
Sabrina Carpenter
Andra Day & Common
Sara Evans
Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
Flo Rida
Goo Goo Dolls
Kat Graham
Andy Grammer
Angelica Hale
Olivia Holt
Nicky Jam
Wyclef Jean
Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio
Dustin Lynch
Miss America 2018 Cara Mund
Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets ofSesame Street
Bebe Rexha
Smokey Robinson
Jojo Siwa

There will be some new floats, Macy's officials said.

"This year, five new floats will debut including Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop by Entenmann’s® (Sara Evans), Harvest in the Valley by Green Giant® (Lauren Alaina), Parade Day Mischief by SOUR PATCH KIDS® Candy (Nicky Jam), Shimmer and Shine by Nickelodeon (Jojo Siwa) and Universal Playground by Sprout® (Angelica Hale). A special float by Delta Air Lines will also debut to commemorate the season of togetherness with the perfect gift of song, as more than 125 Macy’s employees gather to form a one-of-a-kind, cross-generational choir aboard the Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree," said a news release from Macy's.

Macy's parade website has an online shop with "fun gear that's all about the parade."

In 2016, Macy's celebrated the 90th year of the parade, which was launched in 1924 to provide entertainment for store employees and their families. Today it is one of the largest parades in the world.

Each year at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santa Claus is welcomed into Herald Square.