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The SpongeBob Squarepants balloon appears at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith.)

Great American Pop Report: Here's how we'd improve the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


Great American Pop Report: Here's how we'd improve the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

WATCH | It’s easy to love the annual tradition of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but let’s face it: It’s starting to get as stale as Grandma’s breadsticks. We’ve got ways to upgrade it in 2016.

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For the last couple of years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has averaged 22.4 million viewers according to Deadline. Not bad, but the 2015 edition still fell about 6 million viewers short of cracking the Nielsen Top 10 for the year. If NBC wants to shake things up, we’ve got a few suggestions.

1. Have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host it.

Look, the "Today" show hosts have done a fine job with the running commentary, but you know Tina and Amy’s improv skills would deliver unprecedented hilarity.

Viewers might take notice, too: When the comic duo hosted the Golden Globes for the first time 2013, there was a 6 percent surge in ratings; and when they returned to host in 2014, they ushered in the highest Golden Globes Nielsen rating in a decade.

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2. Turn the ho-hum, lip-synced performances into something closer to "Lip Sync Battle."

Many songs on the promenade are more lip-synced than Ashlee Simpson's "SNL" performance. Have those singers face off in "Lip Sync Battle" mode; Chrissy Teigen can pick the winner.

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3. Give us parade floats full of hologram celebrities.

We’ve already seen Biggie, Tupac and Marilyn Monroe holograms on stationary stages; how cool would it be to wave at all of them on a float?

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4. If all else fails, ditch all performances in favor of "Hamilton."

Look, that show is super popular right now, and maybe Lin-Manuel Miranda can also freestyle a rap about the history of Thanksgiving or something. 

Parade organizers should strike while the iron is hot, especially if they don’t want to miss their ... shot.

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