All the Netflix stars and floats at the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

LEO - (Pictured) Leo (voiced by Adam Sandler). Cr: Netflix © 2023.
LEO - (Pictured) Leo (voiced by Adam Sandler). Cr: Netflix © 2023. /

Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a time-honored tradition for millions of people each year. In 2023, viewers can expect to see Netflix stars, dazzling floats, towering balloons, the Rockettes, and so much more wandering the streets of New York. You don’t want to miss out.

For fans of Netflix content like Emily in Paris and One Piece, this year features some special attendees you’ll want to tune in to see. Here’s everything you need to know about the Netflix stars attending the 2023 Macy’s parade.

Netflix floats at the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Leo on Netflix
Leo on Netflix /


The 74-year-old lizard star of Adam Sandler’s upcoming animated Netflix film Leo is getting his own float at this year’s parade! The Leo float is 41 feet tall, 73 feet long, and 27 feet wide—so big it took 50 gallons of paint to coat the entire thing.

Sandler voices the titular character in the movie, which released on November 21, 2023. The cast also includes the voices of Bill Burr, Cecily Strong, Jason Alexander, Sadie Sandler, Sunny Sandler, Jackie Sandler, Nick Swardson, Stephanie Hsu, and more!

Po from Kung Fu Panda

Even though Kung Fu Panda did not originate on Netflix, the streamer has several Kung Fu Panda movies and shows available, including Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight. Like the Leo and Monkey D. Luffy floats, Po is a new addition to the line-up this year and his balloon took over 1,000 yards of fabric to create!

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One Piece. Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy in episode 102 of One Piece. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023 /

Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece

Painted with more than 20 different colors, the new One Piece balloon at the 2023 parade is in honor of the anime series’ 25th anniversary next year. Of course, Netflix plans have something else to celebrate: the surprise hit of Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the series which debuted this past summer and has already been renewed for a second season. The anime and several of the spinoff films are available to stream on Netflix right now, too.

Netflix stars set to attend the parade

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Best. Christmas. Ever! (L to R) Heather Graham as Charlotte, Brandy Norwood as Jackie in Best. Christmas. Ever! Cr. Scott Everett White/Netflix © 2023. /

Brandy Norwood

Brandy is a musical icon known for her TV and film roles in Moesha and Cinderella, plus, of course, her many excellent albums. Most recently Brandy starred in the Netflix holiday film Best. Christmas. Ever!, co-starring opposite Heather Graham.

At the parade, Brandy will appear on Bach’s Palace of Sweets float.

Emily in Paris. Ashley Park as Mindy in episode 305 of Emily in Paris. Cr. Marie Etchegoyen/Netflix © 2022
Emily in Paris. Ashley Park as Mindy in episode 305 of Emily in Paris. Cr. Marie Etchegoyen/Netflix © 2022 /

Ashley Park

Tony-nominated actress and Emily in Paris star Ashley Park will be in attendance at this year’s Thanksgiving parade! The star is also known for the movie Joy Ride and Netflix’s acclaimed series Beef.

She will be riding on the Sesame Street float alongside the Muppets!

How to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live in 2023

Unfortunately, Netflix subscribers cannot stream the parade through the service. You’ll need to watch the parade through NBC, meaning you either need cable or a live TV streaming service like FuboTV. Cord-cutters also have the option of watching the parade through Peacock.

The 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs on November 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in all time zones on NBC (and Peacock). Find out more about the parade routes and attendees right here.

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