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Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb are buddies together at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Behind the scenes of the 2021 NBC broadcast from New York City, the two Today co-hosts smiled together as they introduced performers and helmed the event. In matching pink coats, Kotb, 57, hugged Guthrie in a photo, which the latter captioned on Instagram, "Let's have a parade!!!!!"
Then, sharing a selfie featuring Kotb, Guthrie, 49, wrote that it was "Go time!!!" as they kicked off the parade.
Their co-host for the 95th annual celebration, Al Roker, shared photos on Instagram too, writing about the return to the in-person element with the crowds amid the pandemic. "So happy to see the signs of #normalcy with the balloons and floats of the #macysthanksgivingdayparade," he wrote.
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Following Macy's decision last year to nix live spectators and reduce the size of the parade due to the COVID pandemic, the company recently announced its annual festivities will resume in a bigger and better way.
"It's back, and we're excited to bring it back to the streets of New York City in its full form, in the way that audiences have grown to know and love us," said parade executive producer Will Coss in a statement. "It's going to be a celebration of spectacle, a celebration of performance, a celebration of culture, a celebration of love. It's going to be a really exciting day, and we're really just elated to have the opportunity to bring it back in its true form."
Guests over 12 are required to show proof of vaccination and proof of ID before entering West 72nd Street & Columbus Avenue. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult in order to attend the inflation. Social distancing is encouraged and masks are required at all times, according to the official Macy's guidelines.