The celebrity lineup for the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade was announced on Nov. 4.
NBC's TODAY Show co-anchors Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie will host the event that is expected to be attended by over 8,000 people. A long list of celebrities from sport, music, reality television and even the circus will perform and sit atop floats and wave to fans.
Multi-award-winning country singer Carrie Underwood will kick off in the first hour. Snippets of musical performances from the cast of several hit Broadway shows, including Matilda and Motown: The Musical, will also be heard.
Other celebrities that will appear include Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin DeGraw, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots with the cast of Sesame Street, Fifth Harmony, Florida Georgia Line, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Cher Lloyd, Austin Mahone, Mannheim Steamroller, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and Kellie Pickler. The Robertson family from A&E's hit series Duck Dynasty and Disney star Debby Ryan will also attend.
This year's parade will include over 50 character balloons, 30 floats, 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers, 900 clowns and 11 marching bands.
The cartoon characters that will debut this year include Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, Snoopy with his bird pal Woodstock and SpongeBob SquarePants.
The parade will begin in New York's Manhattan at 77th Street and Central Park West, travel down to Columbus Circle-59st, turn onto Central Park South. It will continue down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy's Herald Square department store. A map of the route is available on Macy's official website.
The parade will broadcast live nationwide on NBC beginning at 9 a.m. until noon on Thursday, Nov. 28.
Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment said in the press release that "Thanksgiving Day isn't complete without tuning in to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade."
"We are thrilled to once again broadcast this national celebration to kick off the holiday season," he added.
Fans can get more information and updates until the day of the parade by downloading the free Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade app on their mobile phone.