Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Wiki
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Wiki

The 94th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade aired on NBC on November 26th, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. It was hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker. Participating celebrities included Dolly Parton, Darlene Love, Patti LaBelle, Pentatonix, Bebe Rexha and Brett Young.

Parade Lineup

Listed below are the Parade units that appeared in the 2020 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 unit retired after the 2020 procession.


Giant Balloons

Heritage Balloons

Novelty Balloons



Specialty Units

Toy Floats

Marching Bands

Guest Stars

Specialty Characters

Performance Groups


Stilt Walkers

Broadway Musicals


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade underwent several modifications in order to ensure safety for participants. Listed below are several changes that were implemented for the 2020 Parade.

  • The traditional 2.5-mile Parade route was not utilized, with the only way to view the celebration being on television.
  • All participants, staff and performers were tested for COVID-19 and underwent wellness checks prior to their Parade participation.
  • All participants were appropriately socially distanced during staging and performances, and required to wear face coverings; additional personal protective protocols were implemented based on the participant’s role.
  • The overall number of participants were reduced by approximately 88%, and split over three days.
  • No participant in the Parade was under 18 years of age.
  • The majority of Parade participants hailed from the New York tri-state area.
  • Previously selected regional High School and College Marching Band performances were deferred to the 2021 Macy's Parade, with locally based cultural and professional marching and musical ensembles taking over performance duties in the lineup.
  • A selection of balloons (with the exception of an Opening Macy's Star, Red Titan, The Boss Baby, Love Flies Up to the Sky and a Red "Believe" Star) were showcased on television from previous Parade appearances.
  • A selection of Macy's signature giant character balloons were flown without the traditional 80-100 handlers and instead employ an innovative, specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five specialty vehicles tested and approved by the NYC Department of Transportation and the NYPD.
  • Macy's traditional Giant Balloon Inflation public event in New York City, the evening before Thanksgiving, did not take place.
  • 60 members of the Macy's Singing Christmas Tree Choir were invited back to virtually perform an original Christmas carol, composed by Judith Clurman.

In the weeks leading up to the Parade, several elements were also pulled from the lineup in order to further reduce the amount of participants, following rising cases of COVID-19 throughout the New York area. The elements cut included:

  • Performers: Sebastián Yatra (The Brick-Changer), Ella Mai (Fantasy Chocolate Factory), Jimmie Allen and Noah Cyrus (Winning Winter Together), Jordin Sparks (Splashing Safari Adventure) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Toy House of Marvelous Milestones).

See also