Busy Philipps, Darren Criss and Mickey Guyton at Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade

Busy Philipps, Darren Criss and Mickey Guyton at Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade
Busy Philipps, Darren Criss and Mickey Guyton at Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade

The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade kicked off on Thursday morning in New York City at about 8 am to a crowd of almost three million people.

And there were plenty celebrities on hand to take in the 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands and nine performance groups.

Busy Philipps, Darren Criss, Nelly, Mickey Guyton, Girls5Eva star Renee Elise Goldsberry, Sara Bareilles and Kelly Rowland were all dressed up in their winter clothes to enjoy the 95th annual event.

Hot stuff in pink: Busy Philipps of Cougar Town fame was seen in a bubblegum pink leotard while at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday

She lit up the day with her golden glow: She looked pretty with her blonde hair worn down in soft curls

Hot stuff in pink: Busy Philipps of Cougar Town fame was seen in a bubblegum pink leotard while at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday

A starry day: There were plenty celebrities on hand to take in the 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands and nine performance groups

A starry day: There were plenty celebrities on hand to take in the 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands and nine performance groups

Busy wore a bright pink leotard with a cowl neck. She also had on the Pastel Latte Mixed Jewel Ear Warmer ($125) and the Pastel Latte Mixed Jewel Fingerless gloves ($95) from Lele Sadoughi.

The beauty added a pink and brown plaid coat well as black chunky boots with light pink socks. 

The Cougar Town actress wore her blonde hair down in soft curls as she was heavily made up with pink lipstick and shadow.

Darren was dapper in a dark blue coat and a scarlet red scarf. The 34-year-old San Francisco native, who is best known for his hit TV series Glee, was seen on a float as he waved to the crowd.

With her pals: From left, Girls5Eva star Renee Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, Philipps, Sara Bareilles all seen side by side

With her pals: From left, Girls5Eva star Renee Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, Philipps, Sara Bareilles all seen side by side

Fall look: Bareilles wore a brown cable sweater under a beige and black plaid coat as she added point caramel colored short boots. The singer from Eureka, California added a chocolate brown beanie cap

Fall look: Bareilles wore a brown cable sweater under a beige and black plaid coat as she added point caramel colored short boots. The singer from Eureka, California added a chocolate brown beanie cap

Sara Bareilles wore a brown cable sweater under a beige and black plaid coat as she added point caramel colored short boots. The singer from Eureka, California added a chocolate brown beanie cap.

Kelly looked ready for Christmas in an emerald green coat with her hair worn down.

Mickey was ready for her closeup in an electric purple wool coat with a black buckled belt. The singer had a matching purple top and slacks underneath as well as pointy boots. She wore her long hair down as it touched her hips. 

And rapper Nelly had on a puffy blue and red down jacket over a red top as he added a baseball cap.   

Lovely in deep lilac: Mickey was ready for her closeup in an electric purple wool coat with a black buckled belt. The singer had a matching purple top and slacks underneath as well as pointy boots. She wore her long hair down as it touched her hips

Lovely in deep lilac: Mickey was ready for her closeup in an electric purple wool coat with a black buckled belt. The singer had a matching purple top and slacks underneath as well as pointy boots. She wore her long hair down as it touched her hips

Carrie Underwood was seen in a red outfit as she was shown in a winter wonderland with snow on the ground.

Also scheduled to be there: Jimmie Allen, Rob Thomas, Kristin Chenoweth, Foreigner, Andy Grammer, Chris Lane, Miss America Camille Schrier, Muppets from Sesame Street.

There were also the three past and current hosts of Blue's Clues - Steve Burns, Donovan Patton and Josh De la Cruz. 

The South Korean K-Pop group Aespa also joined in the festivities as one of the new acts. 

The Blues trio: The three past and current hosts of Blue's Clues - Steve Burns, Donovan Patton and Josh De la Cruz - appeared together on their float

The Blues trio: The three past and current hosts of Blue's Clues - Steve Burns, Donovan Patton and Josh De la Cruz - appeared together on their float

Ready in red: Zoe Wees was in a red jacket with her hair back as she sang a song while on the Lego float

Ready in red: Zoe Wees was in a red jacket with her hair back as she sang a song while on the Lego float

The event returned to its pre-pandemic glory. Overall, about 6,500 performers are featured in this year's celebration.

'For our 95th celebration, Macy's has created a spectacle to remember featuring a dazzling array of high-flying balloons, animated floats and incredible performers,' Will Coss, the executive producer of the parade, said in a statement.' 

This year's upcoming parade comes after the downsizing of last year's which had cut thousands of participants, limited the route to one block, and of course requested spectators to watch the anticipated holiday tradition solely on their television screens. 

Orlando Veras, a Macy's spokesman, told CNN that about 2.5 million people came out in person this year to watch the parade. 'We're so thrilled to be back,' he said. 

Musician Nelly laughed along and waved at the crowd a top Kalahari Resorts' Colossal Wave of Wonder parade float

Musician Nelly laughed along and waved at the crowd a top Kalahari Resorts' Colossal Wave of Wonder parade float

Musician Jon Batiste performed in front of the crowd of thousands a top one of the longest floats in the parade's history

Musician Jon Batiste performed in front of the crowd of thousands a top one of the longest floats in the parade's history 

The 95th annual Macy's Thanksgiving parade kicked off on Thursday morning with a cheer squad and Tom the Turkey

The 95th annual Macy's Thanksgiving parade kicked off on Thursday morning with a cheer squad and Tom the Turkey

The parade kicked off at 9 a.m. and goes on until 12 p.m. with a plethora of balloons, floats and performers

The parade kicked off at 9 a.m. and goes on until 12 p.m. with a plethora of balloons, floats and performers

The parade also features 28 holiday floats. The Jolly Green Giant float was among the first to hit the streets following Tom

The parade also features 28 holiday floats. The Jolly Green Giant float was among the

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