The stars have aligned as the nation’s most beloved holiday event, the 86 th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ® kicks-off the holiday season. On Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m., the Macy’s Parade will take to the streets of Manhattan and into millions of homes nationwide, debuting a new route along 6 th Avenue, with amazing starpower and an incredible line-up of new balloons and floats.
HELLO KITTY ©SANRIOReturning to the line-up to say hello to her many friends is Hello Kitty. Flying high in her new airplane, Hello Kitty will spread happiness and friendship along the Parade route and into homes across the country. Hello Kitty, with her trademark red bow and 1970’s retro airplane design, stands at 36-feet tall, 38-feet wide and 50-feet long as she soars over the Big Apple bringing smiles to her millions of fans. PAPA SMURFSONY PICTURES ANIMATION Papa Smurf is ready for his big debut on Thanksgiving, jumping for joy and dancing his way down the route. Sporting a festive bow tie and cane and clicking his heels to the holiday fun, Papa Smurf is sure to delight millions of fans who are eagerly anticipating his return in The Smurfs 2 set for the big screen next summer. Measuring 51-feet tall, 36-feet wide and 46-feet long, Papa Smurf will help usher in a Happy Smurfgiving to one and all! Setting the stage for wondrous adventures are the Parade’s signature floats. Taking spectators through magical experiences, the floats set the scene for amazing performances. Joining the line-up this year are six new landscapes including the imaginative Daytime, Play Time, Night Time Too …; the wonderland of Goldfish ® on Parade; the beats lifestyle magic of Music is Our Life; the hoops appreciation on board the 75 Years of March Madness ®; the home- baked goodies of Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations; and the ninja precision of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fun facts and figures about the new floats: DAYTIME, PLAY TIME, NIGHT TIME TOO …SPROUT ® From morning to night, Sprout is a place where parents and kids can share everything from singing and dancing to birthday wishes and bedtime stories. Bringing this preschool TV vision to life, this colorful new float features Chica the Chicken and all her friends from Sprout. From a playful barnyard to play time on a stream aboard a newspaper sailboat, and finally to a night time oasis atop a giant tree house, childrens’ limitless imaginations take to the physical world in spectacular form. Aboard for the ride is the star of the “The Chica Show” herself, who will perform “Squeaka Chica” with her friends for the holiday crowds.
GOLDFISH ® ON PARADEPEPPERIDGE FARMFinn and his Goldfish friends Gilbert, Brooke and Xtreme have decided to have a parade. Inspired by Macy’s great American tradition, they’ve gathered up some books and toys to create a whimsical Thanksgiving Day procession. Finn leads the way in a dapper top hat and shades as the parade’s grand marshal. Xtreme uses pencils to “stilt walk” down the route while Brooke drives the wind up car which tows Gilbert on his float made of buttons, caps and a whistle. The march comes to life as it seemingly jumps out of a New York City pop-up book. The Goldfish characters’ vision wouldn’t be complete without a balloon, and so Finn & Friends have transformed a classic toy balloon into a flying wonder. On board for the Turkey Day fun is Nickelodeon star Jennette McCurdy singing “That’s What Christmas Means To Me.” MUSIC IS OUR LIFEGIBSON ® CORPORATION Music surrounds us, overwhelms us and makes us feel alive each day, and the newest float in the Parade takes that statement to heart. Featuring a massive Gibson “Les Paul” Guitar as its centerpiece, the Music is Our Life float defines the ultimate entertainment experience, delivering a universal message of fun and excitement! Complete with full lighting and staging, the float will come alive and pay tribute to the creative process and the enjoyment that entertainment brings to our lives each day. The multi-level stage will include a DJ Booth, a simulated “club scene” complete with dancers and revelers, and feature a performance from Jimmy Fallon & The Roots - all wowing the parade crowds. It’s music, entertainment and a little “life-stylin’” on this incredible float. 75 YEARS OF MARCH MADNESS ® March Madness takes Thanksgiving aboard this new float celebrating the 75th year of the NCAA’s Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and the resulting fan revelry. Hoops take center stage on the multi-level float featuring two regulation-sized basketball hoops. Styled after a basketball court, the float also is adorned with the pendants of the 34 colleges who have won the prestigious tournament during its 75-year history. On board to celebrate will be a number of former student-athletes including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of UCLA and Christian Laettner of Duke.
STIRRIN’ UP SWEET SENSATIONSDOMINO ® SUGARStirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations the new Domino Sugar float features a magical take on holiday baking. Designed and constructed by the artists of Macy’s Parade Studio, the centerpiece of this 26-foot tall float is the giant cookie dough bowl and cookie press that dishes out the confections. Three stories above the ground a giant spoon stirs the cookie dough in an equally colossal bowl. As it travels into the cookie press, the dough drops in perfect dollops onto the turntable and finally into the oven. The savory treats are then baked a golden brown and shoot down the ramp to the awaiting cars of the Cookie Express train which is ready to deliver the yummy baked goodness to children everywhere. Set to add his down-home flavor to the mix is country superstar Trace Adkins who will perform “Just Fishin’.” TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLESNICKELODEON’S TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo are back! For the first time, Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles emerge aboard an out-of-this world float. Designed by the artists of Macy’s Parade Studio, the float unfolds with breathtaking ninja precision and features a spectacular dark cityscape including roof tops, fire escapes, window ledges and a zip line down telephone wires. Taking a ride with the Turtles on their Thanksgiving journey will be rockers Neon Trees singing their Top 5 smash hit “Everybody Talks.” The 86 th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV from 9 a.m. - Noon. A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere is the guiding motto of this national tradition, which continues to this day. For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495. ( EDITOR’S NOTE: Macy’s Parade Multimedia News Materials including images, B-roll, press releases, maps and more are available at www.magicbulletmedia.com/MNR/MacysParade) Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50471055&lang=en