The eagerly awaited line-up for the 2013 New York’s Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013 has been announced. Hello Kitty, Spiderman, Snoopy and Woodstock, Pikachu and Buzz Lightyear will be wowing the crowds as giant balloons in this year’s parade on November 28th.
Some of the other famous faces making an appearance as balloons include: Pillsbury Doughboy, Papa Smurf, Spongebob Squarepants and Sonic the Hedgehog. Some balloons, such as Pillsbury Doughboy and Pikachu, will need in excess of 100 handlers to steer them. The enormous balloons can be up to five stories in height.
There will of course be a fantastic array of things to see down on the ground too. Three ‘balloonicles’ – a cross between balloons and floats – will also be taking part in the parade. Kool-Aid man, Aflac Duck and an ambitious spinning Dreidel will cruise through the streets as part of the parade. The floats will be around three stories high and as wide as five taxi cabs.
The huge list of floats includes Sesame Street and Zhu-Niverse, as well as the traditional Santa’s Sleigh (pictured) and Tom the Thanksgiving Turkey. The floats will be joined at street level by an amazing array of clowns with imaginative themes such as ‘Breakfast’, ‘Fire Brigade’ and ‘Keystone Cops’.
Marching bands will also be a big part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013. The NYPD Marching Band is always a guaranteed crowd favourite; keep an eye out for the Macy’s Great American Marching Band too. This truly Pan-American collective consists of students from all 50 states that have only one week to rehearse prior to the parade!
A variety of dance troupes will be bringing some rhythmic energy to proceedings. Spirit of America Dance and Varsity Spirit Cheer have been a regular fixture of Macy’s Thanksgiving Parades for over two decades now and will be represented again in 2013. Some newer additions include the Fort McHenry Fife and Drum – with a patriotic rendition of The Star Spangled Banner – and the South Shore Drill Team from Chicago.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been an annual event since 1924. This year, an estimated 50 million people are expected to watch the parade live on television with NBC providing live coverage of the event in the US.
Seaworld’s ‘A Sea of Surprises’ was the first float to be announced back in October. This is Seaworld’s first contribution to the parade which has featured celebrity appearances from the likes Kanye West and Kylie Minogue in the past. See the full Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013 line-up.
To see the for yourself, book New York flights with Globehunters online, or by calling 020 3384 6000.
By Adam Evans
Return to News HomepageAdded: 29/10/2013