I love a parade! The marching bands, the colorful floats, the commemoration of an important event or occasion. But there is no parade I love more than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s a holiday morning tradition in my family no matter what the rest of the day’s plans involve. The smells of the turkey being prepared, or mom-made cinnamon buns for breakfast, the sounds of the marching bands and Broadway performers, there’s no better spot on Thanksgiving morning than cuddled on the couch watching the elaborate floats, talented performers, and high flying balloons. For us, the Christmas season didn’t begin until Santa waved at you through the television screen from the street outside Macy’s.
This year there will be 26 floats at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Add to that, 16 giant balloons, 8000 participants and 50 million viewers and this is one of the country’s most viewed televised events. We want to tell you about all the new Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade floats we are excited to see!
New Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Floats
Debuting for 2018, Kalahari Resorts Float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
If you’re a Jersey Family Fun reader, you know that my family and I are huge fans of Kalahari Resorts. When we found out earlier this year that Kalahari would debut at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and our anticipation of this year’s parade about tripled! Kalahari has been documenting the creation on their social media pages and there is no doubt the work of their creators will dazzle and amaze just like the features in their waterparks. Their Splashing Safari Adventure float will incorporate both the waterpark and the African theme by featuring exotic animals that move, a lazy river, and a performance by Ella Mai. The ideal spot to watch this parade would be from a private cabana at Kalahari Resorts, but we’ll be happy to see it from the comfort of our couch too (and will probably be booking our next visit when we see it). Read about our visits to the Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos.
Next is the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a special place in my heart for how much my son loved them in his younger years! How fitting that they’d come back to New York City to be featured in one of the most iconic NYC events. Their multi level float will show their underground lair where they plot to fend off the evil Foot Clan. Jack & Jack will be performing as the float moves through the parade route. Keep your nunchucks close and wave to Raph, Leo, Donny and Mikey as they make their Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade debut.
New Elf Pets Float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Elf on the Shelf has been a favorite balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for years and now the Elf Pets® get their time in the spotlight! There will be 6 animated animal sculpture and friends on the float. Don’t miss the new holiday special on DVD – Elf Pets: Santa’s St. Bernards Save Christmas, and of course seeing them in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a good reminder that Elf Scout Return Week is November 23 – December 1 (you’re welcome). Want to get new ideas for your Elf on the Shelf this year? Read about our Elf on the Shelf ideas.
New Kinder Chocolate Float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Yummy Kinder is secretly my favorite chocolate and what kid isn’t excited by those surprise eggs? Kinder unwraps its first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float in 2018 with the Fantasy Chocolate Factory. Look for a ferris wheel like machine that will crank out cocoa and result in delicious chocolate creations. This steampunk themed float will host Ashley Tisdale as she performs throughout the streets of Manhattan.
I can’t end without mentioning Santa! He’s been in the parade every year since 1933 – imagine that! He is always the grand finale of the parade route. When he waves make sure you wave back and crank up your favorite Christmas carol because the Christmas season has begun!
Tune in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at 9 AM on NBC on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday November 22.
Prefer to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person? Check out our article on tips for attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.