No Cable? No Problem! Here's How You Can Stream the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Jacqueline Gualtieri - Author

Nov. 20 2023, Updated 2:48 p.m. ET

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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The Gist:

  • This year, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has a brand-new start time.
  • If you can't watch live on NBC, you can stream on Peacock or on any streaming service that carries NBC live.
  • This year's parade includes seven new balloons and a performance by Cher.
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Thanks to the invention of streaming services, if you don't have cable, you're definitely not alone. But just because you no longer pay for channels doesn't mean that you have to miss out on the time-honored tradition of waking up early Thanksgiving morning to watch the parade. Wondering how you can watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade without cable? We've got you covered!

How can you watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade without cable? 

You've got options! The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023, on NBC. And this year it's actually starting a half hour earlier than usual, so make sure to tune in at 8:30 a.m ET for all the fun.

You can get the parade on any streaming service that has NBC (more on that in a moment). You can also watch the parade through Peacock, NBC's exclusive streaming service. Peacock will air the parade again at 8:30 a.m. PT, but the parade won't be available for replay on Peacock this year.

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Santa parade float
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NBC is also included in Hulu Plus Live TV, YouTube TV, fuboTV, and Sling TV. Don't have these streaming services? Here's a little cheat sheet: YouTube TV, fuboTV, and Sling TV have varying free trials. If you want to watch the parade, all you have to do is sign up for the free trial before the parade (and remember to cancel before you're charged)!

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All about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons, performers, and more.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is coming back this year for its 97th run, and will be hosted by Today's Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, and Savannah Guthrie.

This year's parade includes 16 featured character balloons, seven of which are new and ready to make their debut:

Kung Fu Panda's Po, Leo's Leo, and Migration's Uncle Dan balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2023
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Po and Leo (background) and Uncle Dan get ready to take flight for the parade!

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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has a number of star-filled performances, and this year we'll see superstar Cher perform her holiday single toward the end of the parade festivities.

But kicking off the parade will be Jon Batiste, and along the way there will be performances from Bell Biv DeVoe; Brandy; Chicago; En Vogue; ENHYPEN; David Foster and Katharine McPhee; Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors; Jessie James Decker; Ashley Park with the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street; Pentatonix; Paul Russell; Amanda Shaw and Alex Smith; and Manuel Turizo.

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Along with the Radio City Rockettes, there will also be performances from Broadway shows including & Juliet, Back to the Future: The Musical, How to Dance in Ohio, Shucked, and Spamalot.

Actors Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells (of Broadway's Gutenberg! The Musical) will appear as special correspondents during the parade as well.

For a breakdown of all the deets, you can always check out the official press release for the 2023 parade.

No matter if you're watching NBC or a live stream, the parade is set to start on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, at 8:30 a.m. EST.

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