Mariah Carey, Pat Benatar, Questlove set for Macy’s Parade

Published 1:59 am Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The 89th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade can be seen live on NBC from 9am-Noon on Thursday, November 26, 2015

The 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade can be seen live on NBC Thursday, November 26, 2015.

NEW YORK — Mariah Carey, Questlove from the Roots, the cast of “Sesame Street,” Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will be among the stars celebrating at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Cirque du Soleil, Trey Songz, Prince Royce, Jordin Sparks, Shawn Mendes and Jennifer Nettles will also participate in the 89th annual parade on Nov. 26, Macy’s announced Monday.

Train, Daughtry, Jake Owen, Andra Day, Andy Grammer and MercyMe will also be part of the lineup.

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The special will air at 8 a.m. on NBC’s “Today” show.

Other participants include Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, Rachel Platten and Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell.

Broadway will be represented by “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Finding Neverland,” “The King & I,” “On Your Feet!” and “Something Rotten!” Spectators will get a peek at NBC’s “The Wiz Live!”

Balloons are back

The Parade’s signature giant character balloons have showcased the world’s most beloved cultural characters since the late 1920’s. Evolving from a simple paper sketch to giant wonders on Thanksgiving morning, the balloons are transformed by Macy’s “Balloonatics” into high flying art.

This year, four new giant characters will take center stage including: Angry Birds’ Red by Rovio Entertainment; the pre-historic and legendary DINO by Sinclair Oil; Ice Age’s Scrat and his Acorn by Twentieth Century Fox; and Ronald McDonald debuting in his fourth whimsical giant balloon.

Returning characters include: Adventure Time with Finn & Jake, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, The Elf on the Shelf, Hello Kitty, How to Train Your Dragon’s Toothless, PADDINGTON, Pikachu, Pillsbury Doughboy, Skylanders Eruptor, Snoopy & Woodstock, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger and Thomas the Tank Engine. Returning balloonicles (a Macy’s Parade hybrid of cold-air balloon and vehicle) include the famed-spokesduck The Aflac Duck and the supercool KOOL-AID Man.