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 and balloons we are excited to see!
Watch for these new balloons and floats at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
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Now back to those new floats at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
5 New Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Floats
Blues Clues & You Float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Blues Clues has a special place in my heart for how much my daughter loved them in her younger years! Built to promote the new series on Nickelodeon, Josh, that lovable puppy will be cruising the streets of New York as a giant inflatable. Joining the float will be the new host of the show, Josh Dela Cruz!
LEGO Float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Oh boy are there going to be some HAPPY kids this Thanksgiving morning to see their favorite toys become giant size in the new Brick-changer float by the LEGO Group! A giant part dragon-part turkey will be inspiring creativity on Thanksgiving morning as South Korean boy group NCT 127 performs on the LEGO float. While you can’t buy this Lego dragon-turkey in stores, you can buy a Lego turkey or a Lego dragon an Amazon.
Cracker Barrel Float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Yummy Cracker Barrel, a staple for so many traveling families, is a perfect addition to this holiday of travel and satisfying meals. The float incorporates the Cracker Barrel staples of the hearth, the peg board game and the rocking chairs. (Get your own Tricky Triangle Game on Amazon.) I only wish it came with smell-o-vision! Tenille Townes joins the rocking chair rockers through the streets.
Rexy in The City By Coach Joins The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2019
Maybe the Coach brand float is more for the moms? But not when the kiddos see this fun carnival style float with a dinosaur that reaches two stories tall! The luxury brand is the first of its kind to have a float in this historic parade and this year Billy Porter performs alongside Rexy.
New York Life Debuts With Toy House of Marvelous Milestones in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thanksgiving is a time for thanks but also a great time for reflection, as families gather and take stock of where they are in life. The New York Life Toy House of Marvelous Milestones looks back on those important moments like graduations, marriage and retirements. Kelly Rowland graces the float with her talent, alongside the paper dolls throughout the toy house.
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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 last year that Kalahari would debut at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and our anticipation of this year’s parade about tripled! It was such an impressive float we are thrilled that it gets to travel the streets of Manhattan once again. Their Splashing Safari Adventure float incorporates both the waterpark and the African theme by featuring exotic animals that move, a lazy river, and a performance by TLC. 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.
1-2-3 Sesame Street by Sesame Workshop™
Christmas Cheer is Near with the The Elf on the Shelf
Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop with Entenmann’s
Mount Rushmore’s American Pride by The South Dakota Office of Tourism
Universal Playground by Universal Kids
Big Red Shoe Car with Ronald McDonald by McDonald’s
Snoopy’s Doghouse by Peanuts Worldwide
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nickelodeon
NHL Most Valuable Hockey Mom Presented by Massmutual
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The Nutcracker by Universal Orlando Resort
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Abrams Children’s Books
Illumination Presents Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
OLAF by Walt Disney Animation Studios
Pikachu by The Pokémon Company International
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 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at 9 AM on NBC on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28.
For more information about the Macy’s parade visit www.macys.com/social/parade.
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.