By Claire Stern
Updated Nov 25, 2015 @ 1:00 pm
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Those of us who aren't bogged down with cooking chores typically kick off Thanksgiving morning by tuning into the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. With 8,000 participants—clowns, balloon handlers, marching bands, etc.—it's a spectacle that'll keep you occupied until it's time for appetizers and schmoozing with distant relatives. This year's lineup alone boasts 17 balloons, 27 floats, 1,100 cheerleaders, more than 1,000 clowns, 12 marching bands, and Santa Claus himself. Below, five reasons why we're making a date with our couch tomorrow.

1. The brand-new Peanuts float.
This year, six new floats will make their debut at the parade, including "Snoopy's Doghouse" (below), celebrating the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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2. A 1924 Ford Model T fire truck.
The vintage car—built the same the year that the parade was founded—will complete the day-long lineup.

3. Celebrities spontaneously singing.
Pat Benatar, Mariah Carey, Shawn Mendes, Rachel Platten, Jordin Sparks, and more are scheduled to appear, and potentially belt out some tunes, too.

4. Theatrical performances.
Theater geeks, take note: The casts of hit Broadway shows Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, The King & I, On Your Feet!, and Something Rotten! will perform at 34th Street in front of the Macy's store. There will also be a sneak preview of NBC's The Wiz Live, the much-hyped adaptation of the 1975 Broadway musical of the same name.

5. Nostalgic balloons.
A few key players will be returning in the form of giant inflatables, including Hello Kitty, Paddington Bear, Pikachu, Pillsbury Doughboy, and SpongeBob Squarepants. And hopefully none get stuck in a tree.

The 89th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC at 9 a.m. ET on Nov. 26.