NBC Looks Back at 90 Years of Thanksgiving Day Parades in Tonight’s TV Special

News   NBC Looks Back at 90 Years of Thanksgiving Day Parades in Tonight’s TV Special
A new book, filled with 166 photos, also examines the annual holiday tradition.

NBC celebrates the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade with a look back at America’s beloved procession: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 90th Celebration airs November 23 at 8 PM ET.

During the hour-long special, viewers will experience the evolution of the Parade, the process of building the balloons and floats, the craziest costumes, and the final preparations that go into creating this two-and-a-half-mile march through the streets of Manhattan.

Past parade participants Scott Bakula, Corbin Bernsen, Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Melissa Gilbert, Allison Janney, Eric McCormack, Alan Rachins, William Shatner, Brooke Shields, and Steven Weber will share their memories, along with current and former parade hosts, including Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel, Pat Sajak, and Williard Scott.

TV watchers will also get a sneak peek at the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which airs November 24 at 9 AM on NBC.

In related news, Rizzoli New York has released the new coffee-table book, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: A New York City Holiday Tradition, the official commemorative keepsake for the 90th anniversary of the annual event. The 136-page hardback features photography by Matt Harnick and The Macy’s Archives, text by Stephen M. Silverman, a foreword by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and an afterword by Terry J. Lundgren.

The new book, according to press notes, is filled with “exclusive and archival images of the spectacular floating balloons that have charmed millions of old and young alike for decades, and offers readers a never-before-seen look at the planning and preparation of the parade, including a peek into the magic factory located in Bergen County, NJ where a staff of 25 work all year long on The Parade, building floats and designing balloons. It also features spectacular images of hundreds of dazzling floats throughout the years and the thousands participating in marching bands and as costumed performers. Of course, the book ends the way the actual parade does—with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who welcome the world to start their holidays in the most joyous way possible.”

Independent photographer Matt Harnick, son of Broadway actor-turned-professional-photographer Margery Gray Harnick and Tony-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick, has contributed over 100 pictures to the book.  “Shooting these photos has been a labor of love,” Harnick said. “I’ve been thrilled watching the parade set up year after year outside my building on Central Park West ever since I was five-years-old. It felt right to make a book in conjunction with Macy’s to celebrate the parade’s milestone anniversary.”

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Check out photos from a party celebrating the release of the new book below:

(Updated November 23, 2016)

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