See Darren Criss, Hoda Kotb and More Stars at the 2021 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Today's Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker presided over the 2021 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. The event featured performances from Darren Criss, Jordan Fisher and more.

By Mike Vulpo Nov 25, 2021 5:44 PMTags

It's not Thanksgiving until you spot some high-flying balloons.

The 2021 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, an event where families from across the country gather around the TV to watch musical performances, decadent floats and so much more, took place Thursday, Nov. 25.

Hosted by Today's Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker, this year's celebration featured a star-studded guest list including Darren Criss, Nelly, Rob Thomas and Kelly Rowland.

Standing on Kinder Chocolate's carnival-themed float, Darren entertained the crowd with a rendition of the classic song "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," from his new album A Very Darren Crissmas. The Glee alum even busted out a kazoo for his performance!

In addition, Carrie Underwood gave a virtual performance of her song "Favorite Time of Year."

The casts of your favorite Broadway shows including Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Wicked and the upcoming Annie Live! also took over the streets of New York City with show-stopping performances.

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"We've got a full show: 10 marching bands, 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 30-plus heritage balloons and a whole host of performances," Macy's executive producer Will Coss recently told Today. "We're really excited to be back in full form." 

And for those fan-favorite balloons, Baby Yoda, a.k.a. Grogu, and a new Ronald McDonald were unveiled during the parade.

In case you missed part of the show while checking on your turkey, we have all the highlights and star sightings in our gallery below.

Hoda Kotb & Savannah Guthrie

The Today show co-anchors arrive at the parade.

Hoda Kotb & Savannah Guthrie

The Today show co-anchors are ready to begin!

Al Roker

The Today show co-anchor gives a thumbs up.

Darren Criss

The singer and Glee alum greets the crowd.

Jordan Fisher

The singer and actor appears on top of Disney Cruise Line's new Magic Meets the Sea Disney Wish float. He later performed the song "Together We Sail."

Kelly Rowland

The singer greets the crowd.

Mickey Guyton

The singer greets the crowd while wearing Kendall Miles boots. 

Sara Bareilles, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell & Busy Philipps

The stars of the Peacock musical comedy series Girls5eva, which focuses on a fictional '90s girl group, pose for a pic.

Jon Batiste

The musician greets the crowd.


The K-pop group poses for a pic.


Want to go and take a ride with him?

Kim Petras

The singer waves from a float.

Chris Lane

The singer waves at the crowd from a Mount Rushmore float.


A.k.a. Baby Yoda

Paw Patrol Balloon

Chase is on the case!

Snoopy Balloon

Snoopy goes to space!


Bringing the power of the Dark Side.

Turkey Float

Gobble Gobble!

Sesame Street Float

Big Bird and Elmo greet the crowd.

SpongeBob SquarePants Balloon

A classic.

Boss Baby Balloon

Like a boss!

The 2021 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade aired live on Thursday at 9 a.m. on NBC, Telemundo and Peacock, with a tape delay for the West Coast.

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