Between all the balloons, floats, and performances, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is often the pinnacle of tradition for some families. And there’s a little something for everybody, regardless of age. We’re talking Broadway musical interpretations, country queens (I’m looking at you, Carrie Underwood), and the occasional elf or two. And who better to host the three-hour-long broadcast than Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, and Hoda Kotb?
Al Roker is causing quite the stir online this year, but maybe not for the reasons you’d think. It’s his reaction to seeing the “Baby Yoda” float for the first time, live on TV that has viewers at home talking. Some think it’s pure comedy gold. Others think it’s just genuinely wholesome content. Regardless, we think you should see it too.
Al Roker Warms Hearts With His ‘Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’ Hosting and Live Reactions
Location, location, location. Isn’t that what they always say? I mean, I guess it matters. It’s why you don’t scream the word “fire” in a movie theater. But what’s the appropriate location to scream “BABY YODA” at the top of your lungs? Well, look no further than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. You don’t have to see Roker in the video to hear his distinct voice and absolute full-body enthusiasm.
Check it out:
Al Roker screaming BABY YODA pic.twitter.com/tQz52Fj3Ox— Marie Bardi (@mariebardi) November 25, 2021
“Baby Yoda,” he screams. “I love you, Baby Yoda!” as though the float might wave back.
And apparently, that’s all it takes for the internet to lose its mind.
Twitter Celebrates Al Roker
If you’re looking for any criticism or Grinchery, it doesn’t look like you’ll find any here. Twitter is just as obsessed with Al Roker as they are with the Grogu Mandalorian character that’s been dubbed Baby Yoda.
@MattsterMash writes: “Forget Santa Claus, the holiday season officially starts when Al Roker screams ‘BABY YODA!’ into the cold morning air.”
@jaysisson adds: “Al Roker losing his entire mind when he saw the baby Yoda balloon is the thanksgiving energy I need”
A History of Hosting
Now, Al Roker isn’t new to any of this Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade business. The host actually made an epic return to the event last year following surgery for prostate cancer. That’s right. Just two weeks after the procedure, the chipper host was on his feet and armed with a microphone.
And last year’s parade stood out for another reason, too. There wasn’t anyone in the crowd. Instead, everything was streamed to viewers at home. After cutting the ceremonial ribbon, Roker stood alongside Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette saying, “It may not be the parade we wanted, but this year, it’s the parade we need.”
And that makes this year that much more special.