Countdown: 10 Days until the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

To me, Thanksgiving means three things: delicious food, quality family time and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Nothing says “It’s the holidays!” quite like wrestling a turkey into the oven, while looking over my shoulder to make sure I haven’t missed the Radio City Rockettes. (This has yet to end in disaster, knock on wood.)

So each November, I begin scouring the web for hints about the year’s dancetastic performers. And I’m super psyched for what 2013 has to offer.

First, there’s the pre-parade show, which features an assortment of fun dance numbers to celebrate the year’s new Broadway shows. Get excited for excerpts from Motown, Pippin, and Matilda:

The Revolting Children from  Matilda the Musical

The Revolting Children from Matilda the Musical

In case that’s not enough, we get a sneak-peek at The Sound of Music, Live!–an NBC telecast, airing December 5 at 8/7c, starring Carrie Underwood:

(courtesy NBC/Everett Collection)

(courtesy NBC/Everett Collection)

The pre-parade show also features the world-famous Radio City Rockettes, who never fail to kick it up a notch:

The Radio City Rockettes perform at the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (by Taylor Hill/Getty Images North America)

The Radio City Rockettes perform at the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (by Taylor Hill/Getty Images North America)

After that, the parade procession begins (led by those ginormous character balloons..Snoopy’s coming back this year guys!).

My favorite part of the procession? The various dance teams, who travel from all over the country to show off their spirit and skill in the Big Apple. This year, we’ll be entertained by the South Shore Drill Team, Varsity Spirit Cheer, Spirit of America Dance, All That! (a clogging group that appeared on “America’s Got Talent”) and J.U.M.P. (Jumpers United for Macy’s Parade).

Varsity Spirit Cheer

Varsity Spirit Cheer brings infectious energy to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Added bonus: Cirque du Soleil is teaming up with Macy’s this year to debut Dreamseeker, one of the parade’s largest floats (which is sure to feature some of our favorite bendy acrobats).

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 2.29.23 PMThe 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs Thursday, November 28 from 9am to noon on NBC.

Get excited! (And don’t forget about that turkey in the oven…)

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