The 50th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held on November 25, 1976, in New York City and shown to viewers live on NBC that same day from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. It was hosted by McLean Stevenson, Della Reese, Ed McMahon, and Shari Lewis.

Parade Lineup

Listed below are the various Parade units that appeared in the 1976 line of march. Each unit is listed in several categories and sub-categories, in addition to the unit's sponsor

Bold indicates a new Parade unit, and * indicates a retired Parade unit, and italics mean a unit was removed from the Parade along the route.



Specialty Units

Toy Floats

Marching Bands

  • Tate High School Marching Band
  • The McDonald's All-American Marching Band
  • The Bonnabel High School Bruin Band
  • The Morris Brown College Marching Wolverines
  • U.S Naval Academy Drum & Bugle Corps
  • The Onteora High School Marching Band
  • The Kalani High School Marching Band
  • The Defiance High School Band of Class
  • The United States Air Force Academy Cadet Drum & Bugle Corps
  • The Windjammers of the United States Coast Guard Academy
  • The Dundee Scots Youth Band

Guest Stars

  • Shari Lewis; sang "I'm a Brass Band" (Rocking Horse)
  • Mallory Tarcher (Rocking Horse)
  • The Cast of the New Howdy Doody Show; sang "A Howdy Doody Christmas" (Turkey)
  • Roberta Peters & Justino Diaz; sang "Make Believe" (Broadway Belle Showboat)
  • Della Reese; sang "Never Can Say Goodbye" (Doodlebug)
  • Laverne and Shirley; sang "Da Doo Run Run" (The Greasemobile)
  • Miss Teenage America: Karen Peterson (Cinderella's Carriage)
  • The Cast of Bugsy Malone & Paul Williams; sang "You Give A Little Love" (Excalibur Car)
  • Martha Raye; sang "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (The Old Woman in the Shoe)
  • Evel Knievel & Robbie Knievel (Motorcycle in the Sky)
  • Barry Manilow & Lady Flash; sang "It's a Miracle" (The Giant Jukebox)
  • The Cast of Sesame Street; sang "What's The Name Of That Song?" (Sesame Street)

Performance Groups

  • The Chinese Acrobats of Taiwan
  • Tthe U.S Military Academy Cadet Glee Club; sang "The Drunken Sailor" (Broadway Belle Showboat)
  • The Radio City Rockettes


The 50th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade/Gallery

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