As the Parade gears up to take its 90 th march down the streets of Manhattan, very special guests will take to the streets like they've taken the world by storm for decades. The iconic Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the rest of the Muppets will dazzle and delight millions of fans as they kick off the celebration as only they can, with their signature musical and comedic revelry. Joining executive producer Amy Kule at the head of the Parade as she cuts the ribbon opening the march, will be U.S. Paralympic stars Tatyana and Hannah McFadden.STARS ON PARADE The 90 th procession will feature a star-studded cast that will celebrate the holiday with America, giving fans along the route a thrilling moment with their favorite performers, along with providing the nation with first-class performances. Joining the festivities this year are Kelsea Ballerini; Tony Bennett; Aloe Blacc; Chloe x Halle; Easton Corbin; Daya; De La Soul; Diamante Eléctrico; Brett Eldredge; Fitz & the Tantrums; Christopher Jackson; Johnnyswim; Sandra Lee; Maddie & Tae; Sarah McLachlan; NHL legends Adam Graves and Eric Lindros; Ben Rector; Regina Spektor; the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street; Sprout's Chica; Timeflies; U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Michelle Carter, Laurie Hernandez and Claressa Shields; U.S. Paralympic Gold Medalists Mikey Brannigan, Gianfranco Iannotta; Grace VanderWaal; and Jacob Whitesides, among others. ICONS TAKE FLIGHT The Parade's signature giant character balloons have showcased the world's most beloved cultural characters since the late 1920's. Evolving from a simple paper sketch to giant wonders on Thanksgiving morning, the balloons are transformed by Macy's "Balloonatics" into high-flying art. This year, three new giant characters will take center stage including the return of Peanuts loveable blockhead Charlie Brown and a colorful and whimsical Diary of A Wimpy Kid ®, as well as the debut of the stars of DreamWorks' Trolls in a multi-character balloon. The balloon line-up will also feature the return of the Parade's first balloon star as DreamWorks Animation's Felix the Cat. Designed and built using the same methods from the late 1920s, Felix will make his way down the route as he first appeared, carried on sticks, mimicking his debut appearance in 1927.
Returning giant balloon characters Angry Birds' Red; Sinclair Oil's Dino ™; The Elf on the Shelf ®; Hello Kitty ®; Ice Age's Scrat and his Acorn; PADDINGTON™; Pikachu™; Pillsbury ™ Doughboy ™; Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger; Ronald McDonald ®; Skylanders ® Eruptor; SpongeBob SquarePants; and Thomas the Tank Engine ®. The returning balloonicles (a Macy's Parade hybrid of cold-air balloon and vehicle) include the famed-spokesduck The Aflac Duck.STAGES FOR ENTERTAINMENT The late 1960s saw a creative renaissance for the Parade, following the establishment of Macy's Parade Studio. Home to incredible artists including carpenters, painters, animators, metal fabricators, scenic/costume designers and electricians, the Studio team took over the primary task of design, construction and maintenance of the Parade's elements, previously done through a combination of external resources and internal talent. For more than four decades, Macy's Studio was housed in an old Tootsie Roll factory in Hoboken, New Jersey, before moving to a new state-of-the-art facility in 2011, where the team continues to evolve the designs of the larger-than-life elements. Macy's floating wonders create a collection of magical delights that dazzle and transport spectators. The painstaking process of creating a Macy's Parade float is both a creative and technical endeavor. Macy's Parade floats are often three stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide, but must collapse to no more than 12 ½-feet tall and 8-feet wide in order to safely travel from the New Jersey studio to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel. This year, four new floats will debut including The Aloha Spirit by King's Hawaiian ®, Building A Better World by Girl Scouts of the USA, Deck the Halls by Balsam Hill ®, and Fun House by Krazy Glue ®. The returning float roster includes 1-2-3 Sesame Street; At the Ball Game (Cracker Jack ®); Big Apple (New York Daily News); Big City Cheer! (Spirit of America Productions); China's Chengdu - Home of the Giant Panda (Sino-American Friendship Association); The Colonel's Road Trip to NYC (Kentucky Fried Chicken); The Cranberry Cooperative (Ocean Spray ®); Discover Adventure! (Build-A-Bear ®); Free to Play (Sprout ®); Frozen Fall Fun (Discover ®); Girl-Powered Spinning Machine (GoldieBlox ®); Heartwarming Holiday Countdown (Hallmark Channel); It's All Rock & Roll (Gibson Brands ®); Mount Rushmore's American Pride (South Dakota Department of Tourism); On The Roll Again (Homewood Suites by Hilton ®); Santa's Sleigh; Snoopy's Doghouse (Peanuts Worldwide); Stirrin' Up Sweet Sensations (Domino ® Sugar); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon); Tom Turkey; Treasure Hunt (Pirate's Booty ®); and Winter Wonderland In Central Park (Delta Air Lines). DRUM ROLL, PLEASE …
Marching bands are a central piece of the Thanksgiving delights, bringing national excitement and hometown pride to the streets of the Big Apple, not to mention the musical beat to the holiday revelry. Twelve performance ensembles will take up the call of the baton and march down the streets of Manhattan. They include: Cary Senior High School (Cary, NC); Grain Valley High School (Grain Valley, Missouri); Greendale High School (Greendale, WI); Harrison High School (Kennesaw, GA); Hendrickson High School (Pflugerville, TX); Joe E. Newsome High School (Lithia, FL); Macy's Great American Marching Band (United States), led by 11-year-old junior drum major from Shaw University Timmy Richardson; Na Koa Ali`l Hawaii All-State Marching Band (Hawaii); NYPD Marching Band (New York, ); Prospect High School (Prospect, IL); The United States Military Academy Band (West Point); and The West Virginia University Mountaineer Marching Band (Morgantown, WV).Specialty Parade entertainment always promises a unique, exciting, and sometimes humorous look at the nation's finest performance groups. This year's special groups include the high kicking Kilgore Rangerettes (Kilgore, TX), the dance stars of the world-renowned in-school arts education program, National Dance Institute (New York), the Armenian folk dance group Sayat Nova Dance Company (Boston) and the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees (Alameda, CA). Completing the performance groups are the Spirit of America Cheer and the Spirit of America Dance Stars, which both feature 550 of the nation's best cheerleaders and most thrilling dancers. A TELEVISION SPECIAL EVENT The nation's biggest and most anticipated Thanksgiving celebration, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, is broadcast nationally on NBC, with millions of families nationwide tuning in to watch the excitement unfold. This year, the TODAY Show's Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker will host the three-hour broadcast from 9 a.m. - noon (in all time zones). In addition, Telemundo will simulcast the Parade in Spanish with the event hosted by stars Jessica Carrillo and Carlos Ponce. Joining the Parade, as a signature element kicking off the holiday season, will be the world-famous Radio City Rockettes ®. The national broadcast would not be complete without showcasing the best theatrical productions. Set for a 34 th Street performances will be Holiday Inn, and more of Broadway's best. In addition, viewers will get a sneak preview performance from NBC's Hairspray Live!, which premieres Wednesday, Dec. 7 (8 p.m. ET/PT). INTERACTIVE FUN
The magic of the Parade can be experienced across the country, as the 90 th anniversary celebration extends to fans from coast-to-coast. In early November, the Macy's Parade Time Traveler app, available for free on the iTunes ® App Store or from Google Play, will allow fans the opportunity to interact with history as they experience the magic of the Parade from three different eras. With the app installed, fans can use their smartphone's camera to transport themselves to Parade's past from the 1930s, 1960s and 1980s in amazing live-action virtual reality. In addition, the app will allow fans to take a selfie in the past, and create their own Parade by collecting historic, virtual balloons at Macy's stores across the country.In addition to the time-traveling app, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade stickers app, available for free today from the iTunes App Store or from Google Play, or through messaging platforms including Tango, Paltalk ® and Blackberry ® Messenger, will add a dose of Parade whimsy to text messages this holiday season. The celebration extends to fun gifts available at select Macy's stores and on macys.com, including a spectacular photography retrospective book Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: A New York City Tradition (Rizzoli New York), Macy's Parade pajamas, collectibles, and more. For an insider's look at the holiday procession, fans nationwide should check macys.com/parade for regular updates including behind the scenes previews, interactive historical information, and more. The 90 th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. from 77 th Street and Central Park West. The procession will march to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6 th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34 th Street. At 34 th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7 th Avenue in front of Macy's Herald Square. "A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere" has been the guiding motto of this annual tradition for more than nine decades and is one which continues to this day. It's time to celebrate with America's Parade - 5,4,3,2,1, … Let's Have A Parade! 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. Follow @macys and join the conversation at #MacysParade on various social networks. The Manhattan NYC, an Affinia Hotel is the official hotel partner of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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