Ever since their debut last year, aespa have frequently discussed how much they want to perform in front of a live audience. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest crowds they have performed in front of have been staff members and variety show casts. But soon they’ll be performing in front of millions, with millions more watching on TV!
Today, aespa were confirmed to be part of the star-studded lineup for the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Other artists performing include Darren Criss, Kim Petras, and Kristin Chenowith.
One of the most distinctive features of the annual parade is the variety of larger-than-life balloons and floats that are carried through the route. According to the event website, aespa are expected to perform on top of the “Her Future Is STEM-Sational” float by Olay. This float featuring a 40 ft. tall astronaut celebrates women in science, technology, engineering, and math careers (STEM).
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place on the streets of Manhattan in New York City. It begins near Central Park and ends in front of Macy’s Herald Square, the flagship store of Macy’s and also the company’s headquarters.
The 95th parade also marks the event’s return to its pre-pandemic format, with live performances and processions. In 2020, the parade had moved much of its activity online, streaming pre-recorded balloons and floats as well as performances. It consistently is one of the most-watched entertainment broadcasts in America, with a TV viewership of almost 22 million last year. In-person audiences have reached crowds of 3.5 million in the past.
THIS JUST IN! Here’s the star-studded lineup for this year’s 95th #MacysParade!
— Macy's (@Macys) November 1, 2021
Fellow SM Entertainment group NCT 127 made history as the first K-Pop group to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2019. Aespa’s appearance will make them the first K-Pop girl group to perform at the event, and just one year after their debut. The parade will air on NBC on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2021 from 9 a.m. to noon ET.