PICS: The 96th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off with giant balloons and floats

The Snoopy in a space suit balloon is being inflated during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation at Central Park on November 23, 2022 in New York City.
The Snoopy in a space suit balloon is being inflated during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation at Central Park on November 23, 2022 in New York City. Photo credit Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

The 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

The parade will follow a 2.5 mile route south through Manhattan, starting on the Upper West Side and ending at Herald Square near the flagship Macy’s department store in Midtown.

Ronald McDonald by Mocdonald's is seen during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Ronald McDonald by McDonald's is seen during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo credit Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.
Her Future Is Stem-Sational by Olay float is seen during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Her Future Is Stem-Sational by Olay float is seen during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Photo credit Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.

Parade organizers expected about three million spectators viewing the 27 balloons, 31 floats and performances by major celebrities.

Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon, Paula Abdul, the Roots and Gloria Estefan will all perform this year.

Grogu by Finkois seen during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Grogu by Finkois seen during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Photo credit Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.
Tom Turkey by Macy's float is seen during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Tom Turkey by Macy's float is seen during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Photo credit Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.

The parade will be televised on NBC, Telemundo and Peacock.

Weather is expected to be good for New Yorkers who want to see the parade in person, with temperatures breaking into the low 50s and light winds.

The Lego parade float is being prepared during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation
The Lego parade float is being prepared during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation Photo credit Roy Rochlin/Getty Images
SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary by Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants is seen during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary by Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants is seen during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Photo credit Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.
Stuart The Minion by Universal Pictures is seen during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Stuart The Minion by Universal Pictures is seen during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Photo credit Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.
New York Mayor Eric Adams talks a selfie with visitors during the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon Inflation
New York Mayor Eric Adams talks a selfie with visitors during the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon Inflation Photo credit Jeenah Moon/Getty Images
Workers assemble the Kalahari Resorts and Conventions float ahead of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Workers assemble the Kalahari Resorts and Conventions float ahead of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Photo credit Jeenah Moon/Getty Images
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