America's favorite holiday tradition, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® returned to dazzle and enchant millions nationwide on Thursday, November 22, 2012 on NBC
. With more than 3.5 million spectators watching the revelry live and more than 50 million viewers tuned in to the magic nationwide, the 86th edition of the world famous spectacle was the nation's largest Thanksgiving Day celebration. Check out highlights below!
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been the nation's star attraction, and this year, the "Today Show's" Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker treated viewers to Thanksgiving's best entertainment special. Stars joining the festivities this year included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Trace Adkins; Big Apple Circus; Chica and the gang from Sprout; Colbie Caillat; Rachel Crow; Thirza Defoe; Jimmy Fallon & The Roots; Flo Rida; Whoopi Goldberg; Chris Isaak; Carly Rae Jepsen; Karmin; Kidz Bop; Christian Laettner; Sandra Lee; Mannheim Steamroller; Jennette McCurdy; Don McLean; Megan & Liz; Miss USA 2012 – Olivia Culpo; Chris Mullin; the Muppets and cast of Sesame Street; Neon Trees; Power Rangers Megaforce; Cody Simpson; U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists - Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber; The Wanted; and Food Network's Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian.
There were performances from Broadway's best musicals including "Annie," "Bring It On," Rodger + Hammerstein's "Cinderella," "Elf," and "Nice Work If You Can Get It." In addition, the world-famous Radio City Rockettes® joined the presentation to help kick-off the holidays.