For thirty years, Cirque du Soleil has been known for its innovative take on live entertainment, mesmerizing more than 100 million people around the world. This Thanksgiving the renowned company will captivate millions of Parade spectators with its display of incredible artistry during an exclusive performance and the debut of the visually-stunning float, DREAMSEEKER by Cirque du Soleil, in the 87 th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ®.
“The imagination of millions of Macy’s Parade fans will soar once again as they marvel at the incredible new creation from Macy’s Parade Studio on behalf of Cirque du Soleil,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “This magnificent new float, the first entry from Cirque du Soleil, combines their extraordinary artistry and acrobatics with the creative and technical mastery of Macy’s Parade magicians. Both teams have collaborated to create a visually exciting float that will serve as the stage for incredible performances along the streets of New York and live from 34 th Street. As they always do, the performers from Cirque du Soleil will dazzle the audience. We are honored to have them join the Parade.”
At more than 52-feet long, 23-feet wide and 35-feet high, the ship is the one of the longest, tallest and widest floats in the Parade. Cirque du Soleil collaborated closely with the Macy’s team on the design of the float, constructed by the artists of Macy’s Parade Studio. The giant ship will seem to take flight thanks in part to hulking antique wings, and comes complete with custom-designed trampolines and Chinese poles. As it glides through the streets, spectators will get a glimpse of an entire crew instantaneously springing into action, leaping at the opportunity to touch people’s hearts and to reignite their dreams. Fans along the route and in homes across the nation will be in for an incredible spectacle as the troupe of more than 20 acrobats and characters perform unbelievable feats of fantasy.
“It is quite exciting to work with the Macy’s team on this project,” said Benoit Lusignan, Creative Content Designer of Cirque du Soleil Special Events. “Our mutual skills mesh together very well and we share the same commitment to impeccable design and entertainment. We are thrilled to create one of the grandest floats ever exhibited at the Parade, and to collaborate so closely with Macy’s experienced team,” Benoit added.In hopes of making this event come to life for a lucky fan, Cirque du Soleil is sponsoring a national sweepstakes for a winner and three of their guests to “Fly with Cirque du Soleil at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” The recently launched sweepstakes* will provide the party of four with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade VIP Grandstand Access and round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for three nights. They will also attend a meet and greet session with Cirque du Soleil artists. Fans have until Nov. 10 to enter the contest at the Cirque du Soleil Facebook page or http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/macys. This summer the two iconic companies kicked-off a three-year partnership to bring the unique theatrical flair of Cirque du Soleil to several of Macy’s prominent events, including Macy’s Passport presents Glamorama ® and other future events nationwide. The 87 th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, on Thursday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. - noon, in all time zones. *Official rules available at http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/macys About Cirque du Soleil: From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including 1,300 artists from more than 50 countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over 40 countries on six continents. In Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has eight permanent resident shows. These productions include Mystère at Treasure Island, “O” at Bellagio Resort & Casino, Zumanity, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, KÀ at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, CRISS ANGEL Believe at Luxor Hotel and Casino, Zarkana at ARIA Resort & Casino and Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. In Orlando, La Nouba is presented exclusively in Downtown Disney West Side at Walt Disney World Resort. For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com. Like us on Facebook or Tweet us: @Cirque. About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For more than 85 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than two-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s (NYSE:M) employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons. For more information on the Macy’s Parade please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495. Follow @macys and join the conversation at #macysparade.