Today is the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and people across the nation are watching the event on television, as they prepare their holiday meals. The parade will start at 9 a.m. ET and it will broadcast on both NBC and CBS.
An alternate, 360-degree angle of the parade will be live streamed on YouTube, but if you’re looking to watch either the NBC or CBS broadcasts online, you can watch those channels on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV Stick or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
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NBC and CBS (both live in select markets) are two of the 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle.
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch a live stream of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space.
AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) offers six different channel bundles. They range from 45 to 125 live TV channels, and they all include NBC and CBS (both live in select markets).
Once signed up for AT&T TV Now, you can watch a live stream of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on your computer via the AT&T TV Now website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other compatible streaming device via the AT&T TV app.
If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV Now — no matter what channel package you choose — comes with included cloud DVR.
NBC and CBS (both live in select markets) are included with Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies.
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch a live stream of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
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2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Preview
The first official Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held on November 27, 1924. The parade included floats, music bands, and animals from the Central Park Zoo, including elephants, bears, and monkeys.
It’s the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year and for those venturing out to watch the parade in person, be sure to bundle up with a lot of layers. With the winds this holiday, there’s always the chance that the floats could end up being grounded. The Wall Street Journal reported that the only time the Thanksgiving Day parade balloons were grounded was in 1971.
According to The New York Times, there is a chance that the balloons at the parade could be grounded for the second time in history this Thanksgiving. Since an incident in 1997, there have been strict regulations in place when it comes to whether or not the floats are allowed to fly. In 1997, The New York Times reported a windswept Cat in the Hat caused an accident that left a woman in a coma.
Orlando Veras, a Macy’s spokesman, released the following statement, “We are always attuned to weather conditions for Parade Day. We monitor the weather on a daily basis, but at this time, it is too early to make any determinations.”
When it comes to this year’s floats and balloons, the new ones in the parade, according to Macy’s, include Green Eggs and Ham; the Love Flies Up to the Sky Balloon; Smokey Bear; Spongebob Squarepants and Gary; Blues Clues & You; Cracker Barrel’s Home Sweet Home Float; Coach’s Rexy in the City Float; The Lego Group Brick Changer; and New York Life’s Toy House of Marvelous Milestones.
As for the performers at the parade this year, they include but are not limited to Billy Porter, the Black Eyed Peas, Celine Dion, Ciara, Debbie Gibson, Idina Menzel, Kelly Rowland, Lea Michele, Ozuna, and TLC. The Big Apple Circus will also play a part in the festivities.
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