November 26, 2022
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Al Roker Misses Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for First Time in 27 Years

The 2022 vacation season obtained underway with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade going down on Thursday, November 24, with an estimated 3 million folks gathering in New York Metropolis to benefit from the festivities.

As at all times, the As we speak present’s Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie led the NBC protection of the parade, which travels the two.5-mile route from Central Park West to Seventh Avenue in entrance of Macy’s Herald Sq..

Sadly, the As we speak present’s Al Roker was lacking the parade for the primary time in 27 years as a consequence of his ongoing well being battle — Dylan Dreyer stood in for the beloved weathercaster.

This yr’s parade kicked off with a particular efficiency of “Don’t Rain On My Parade” by Lea Michele and the solid of Broadway’s Humorous Lady. Further Broadway performances included showstoppers from Some Like It Sizzling, A Stunning Noise, and Disney’s The Lion King, which is celebrating its twenty fifth anniversary.

The Broadway acts had been adopted by a efficiency from The Rockettes and a reside cellphone name with President Joe Biden and First Girl Jill Biden. Nevertheless, some technical difficulties through the interview led to many viewers calling the section “awkward.”

In fact, most individuals got here out to see the parade floats and big character balloons, which have been a staple of the occasion since 1927. Becoming a member of this yr’s line-up had been the favored kids’s present Bluey from BBC Studios, Diary of a Wimpy Child by Abrams Books, DINO and Child DINO from Sinclair Oil, and Stuart the Minion from Illumination.

Returning balloon favorites included Astronaut Snoopy by PEANUTS Worldwide, Ada Twist, Scientist by Netflix, Pillsbury Doughboy by Pillsbury, Papa Smurf from Nickelodeon, Pikachu & Eevee by The Pokémon Firm Worldwide, SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary by Nickelodeon, and a Funko Pop!-inspired Grogu by Funko and Lucasfilm.

Paula Abdul wowed with a efficiency of her traditional hits “Straight Up.” Different celebrities available included Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Blue’s Clues & You! host Josh Dela Cruz, Gloria, Sasha and Emily Estefan, Sean Paul, Joss Stone, Ziggy Marley, Kirk Franklin, Mario Lopez, Dionne Warwick, the solid and muppets of Sesame Avenue, and the solid of Peacock’s Pitch Good: Bumper in Berlin (Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland, and Flula Borg), and plenty of extra.

Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade, Tuesday, November 24, from 9 am et, NBC