Three MILLION people line the streets of NYC for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

They love it!’ Three MILLION people line the streets of NYC for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in unseasonably warm weather to watch the floats – but will Al Roker miss the big day for the first time in 27 years after a health problem?

  • About 3 million people are expected to attend the 96th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan when the weather warms up and skies clear

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Crowds estimated to be 3 million gather on Manhattan’s streets to watch the 96th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

With temperatures soaring to a high of 50C on Thursday morning and clear skies, spectators should have a clear view of the 16 giant balloon figures that are scheduled to fly at 9am

In addition to the iconic balloons, the parade will also feature 28 floats, 12 marching bands, 700 clowns and several music stars who will make their way through the parade on Thanksgiving Day.

Organizers said the parade will begin on the city’s Upper West Side and end at the iconic Macy’s store in Herald Square.

The number of visitors is expected to be 500,000 more than last year. The 2020 parade was a TV-only festival due to the pandemic.

While all eyes will be on the parade, viewers may note the absence of The Today Show’s Al Roker, who may miss the event for the first time in 27 years after being hospitalized with a blood clot.

About 3 million people are expected to attend the 96th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan when the weather warms up and the skies clear for the giant balloons, including the iconic Ronald McDonald

About 3 million people are expected to attend the 96th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan when the weather warms up and the skies clear for the giant balloons, including the iconic Ronald McDonald

Organizers said the parade will begin on the city's Upper West Side and end at the iconic Macy's store in Herald Square

Organizers said the parade will begin on the city’s Upper West Side and end at the iconic Macy’s store in Herald Square

Pictured: Parade organizers prepare the ubiquitous Snoopy balloon, this time disguised as an astronaut

Pictured: Parade organizers prepare the ubiquitous Snoopy balloon, this time disguised as an astronaut

Crowds have formed along the parade route along the streets of New York City throughout the morning

Crowds have formed along the parade route along the streets of New York City throughout the morning

Broadway singer Lea Michele was seen preparing for her performance at the start of the parade

Broadway singer Lea Michele was seen preparing for her performance at the start of the parade

Among the latest balloons to take to the skies will be the popular Grogu from the Star Wars franchise

Among the latest balloons to take to the skies will be the popular Grogu from the Star Wars franchise

Along with the balloons, 28 floats make their way to Herald Square. Pictured: Lego's Brick Changer float

Along with the balloons, 28 floats make their way to Herald Square. Pictured: Lego’s Brick Changer float

Parade performers include Paula Abdul, The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, Jordan Sparks and Gloria Estefan, who will be performing with her daughter and grandson.

Mariah Carey will star in the grand finale when she performs “All I Want for Christmas Is You” at Macy’s in Herald Square.

Alongside giant balloon classics like Ronald McDonald and Snoopy, this year’s World Cup celebration parade will see the premiere of “Striker the US Soccer Star”. Some of the balloons are as tall as four story buildings.

Pictured: The Sinclair Oil Dino and Baby Dino balloon being prepared Thursday morning

Pictured: The Sinclair Oil Dino and Baby Dino balloon being prepared Thursday morning

The Kevin the Minion balloon being inflated during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Kevin the Minion balloon being inflated during the 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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