Thanksgiving 2021 TV program: What to watch instead of football.
For millions of Americans, soccer is as much a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey and pumpkin pie. But what if you are looking for a sport-free alternative?
Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November each year, and this year falls on November 25, 2021. The holiday features a television program with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the National Dog Show.
Here’s what you need to know:
Time: The 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9 p.m. ET and lasts three hours through noon.
Channel: Multiple channels and streaming services cover the annual parade, including NBC and CBS.
Description: The 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a staple of the New York City holiday season and is watched by millions in their own homes.
The press release states, “The 95th March of the world-famous Parade of Magic will bring the nation together to celebrate Macy’s signature mix of giant helium balloons, fantastic floats, incredible marching bands, cheering performance groups, quirky clowns and music stars, and the one and only Santa Claus.”
While balloons such as Boss Baby, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Pillsbury Doughboy and Spongebob Squarepants are releasing again this year, six new balloons will also be introduced. Among them is Tiptoe, the first balloon doll in the parade to march the route.
Time: The National Dog Show will last two hours, beginning at noon local time, NBC Sports reported.
Channel: The National Dog Show can be followed on NBC. To find your local broadcaster, click here.
Description: The National Dog Show is held annually by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and dates back to 1879, according to NBC Sports.
The show is approved by the American Kennel Club, which, according to the publication, recognizes 197 breeds and varieties of dogs divided into seven groups. Only purebred dogs registered with the organization can participate. This year the Biewer Terrier breed makes its debut.
Describing the show’s safety protocol amid the coronavirus pandemic, NBC Sports stated, “Competition was also limited to 600 dogs, a 70% decrease from the nearly 2,000 competing in a regular year.”
John O’Hurley and David Frei will take on their roles as hosts and Mary Carillo will return as commentator.
Time: The World Pet Games will air at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT. The special lasts two hours.
Channel: The competition series will air on Fox. To find your local broadcaster, click here.
Description: Fox calls the competition the “Interspecies Race”. According to People, there will also be “an interspecies dunk, a cat obstacle course, an extreme dog catching competition and a canine high jump competition”.
The publication describes it as a “celebration of animal sportsmen from almost 20 different countries”. The special offers animals from canines to anteaters to bearded dragons. One of the candidates is Peabody, the miniature horse with dwarf stature.
The competition will be hosted by Erin Andrews and Finesse Mitchell, with Rachel Bonnetta as a supporting reporter.
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