All About Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Floats – 2017
ByVirtual NYC Office
16 Nov, 2017
MACY'S THANKSGIVING WHIMSICAL FLOATS OF FANTASY
WORLDS OF WONDER COME TO LIFE ABOARD FLOATING STAGES IN THE
91st ANNUAL MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE®
1-2-3 SESAME STREET®
SESAME WORKSHOP® Sesame Street, helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder for nearly 50 years, will once again
celebrate Thanksgiving on 34th Street. On the stoop of 1-2-3 SESAME STREET, fans of all ages will meet
their favorite furry friends and cast as they celebrate the holidays, create heartfelt moments, and build a
lasting love of learning.
In 2017, Sesame Street is celebrating its 41st consecutive year in the Parade.
Grammy® & Tony® Award winner LESLIE ODOM JR. and the cast and Muppets of
THE ALOHA SPIRIT
KING’S HAWAIIAN® The magic of the Aloha Spirit comes to life aboard this lush mountaintop showcase that brings the
Hawaiian Islands to the streets of New York City. Featuring swaying palm trees, tropical plants and island
and lush vegetation, the float’s dazzling centerpiece is its confetti-filled erupting volcano.
A working waterfall from atop the float will cascade running water down three stories.
Rock stars, the GOO GOO DOLLS
THE BIG APPLE
NY DAILY NEWS The Daily News, New York City’s most widely-read hometown newspaper, illustrates a variety of iconic
NYC cultural landmarks to create its own signature “Big Apple” skyline including the Empire State
Building, the Chrysler Building, Macy’s Herald Square and more.
A 30-foot-tall inflatable “big apple” sits as the center anchor of the float.
Pop star, BEBE REXHA
BIG CITY CHEER!
SPIRIT OF AMERICA PRODUCTIONS Big City Cheer! salutes the spirit of team sports and athleticism as they are joined by over 500
cheerleaders – a group of highly disciplined teenage leaders from across the nation – to cheer on Parade
spectators and spread holiday merriment.
The float uses a specialized LED technology that resembles neon, but shines with more
luminosity and at less than 3% of energy consumption.
Miss America 2018 CARA MUND
BUILDING A BETTER WORLD
GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA Honoring how Girl Scouts take the lead to build a better world, the float brings to life what it means to be a
G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. The float’s puzzle and activities are powered by
girls, and the larger-than-life badges highlight Girl Scouts’ legacy of leadership and community action.
The float’s giant world puzzle is equivalent to more than 12,000 typical jigsaw pieces.
R&B star, ANDRA DAY and Academy Award® Winning Rap Superstar COMMON
THE COLONEL’S ROAD TRIP TO NYC
KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN Commemorating the life of KFC’s legendary founder Colonel Sanders, this float celebrates the Original
Celebrity Chef’s adventurous road trip in a signature white stretch limousine from his home state of
Kentucky to New York’s Big Apple and features a replica of the founder’s original café in Corbin,
The Colonel’s white Cadillac limo measures 17-feet long and sports a license plate reading
Country star, DUSTIN LYNCH
THE CRANBERRY COOPERATIVE
OCEAN SPRAY® Celebrating the fall harvest tradition and representing the 700 farmer families who own the Ocean Spray
cooperative, a giant turkey and goose wade their way through an ocean of oversized cranberries en route
to 34th Street just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.
The 18-foot tall turkey and goose are suited in size XXXL waders, standing in a bog of over
400 oversized cranberries.
DECK THE HALLS
BALSAM HILL® Balsam Hill’s “Deck the Halls” embodies the spirit of a traditional family Christmas. Modeled after time
honored wooden Christmas pyramid, this float is hand-painted with delicate wooden carvings to reflect
Christmas celebrations. At the base, multiple Balsam Hill trees are adorned with decorations to reflect a
host of family traditions, down to the delicious gingerbread cookies; the centerpiece is a stunning, moving
The float is trimmed with more than 300 feet of garland and a giant Balsam Hill Vermont
White Spruce, carefully crafted to replicate a real tree, stands three stories tall.
Disney Channel star OLIVIA HOLT
BUILD-A-BEAR Depicting several scenes of adventurous wonder ranging from outer space to a magical castle and more,
Build-A-Bear’s icon Bearnard and his friends will ride ocean waves, captain a sailboat, host a proper
‘teddy bear’ tea party and harmoniously play alongside a very friendly dragon.
The smoke-breathing dragon and Princess Bear delightedly shower the crowds with confetti.
TV and music star, SABRINA CARPENTER
EVERYONE’S FAVORITE BAKE SHOP
ENTENMANN’S® Designed to mirror a colorful bakery, this new two-level float will evoke the fun spirit and quality of the
brand, complete with a bursting cupcake confetti chimney, an oversized baking mixer, rotating donuts,
and traditional bake shop case displays of mouthwatering desserts.
The colorful float came to life thanks to more than 15 gallons of paint and over a hundred
hours of painting by the artists of Macy’s Parade Studio.
Country star, SARA EVANS
FROZEN FALL FUN
DISCOVER® / NHL Hockey fans will get a “center ice” seat to the live NHL action with the return of the Discover NHL
Thanksgiving Showdown™ where kids take to the floating rink to test their slap shot skills against the
giant Turkey goalie.
Although made of synthetic ice, the rink’s hard surface allows for real skating.
Grammy® award-winning rapper WYCLEF JEAN with NHL Hall of Famers RAY
BOURQUE and BRYAN TROTTIER
KRAZY GLUE® It’s pure “kraziness” with upside down cars, teetering towers of chairs and furniture glued to the ceiling.
Everything in this revolving fun house showcases the extraordinary adhesive power of Krazy Glue, which
brings to life a dreamscape of possibilities, where what is up is down and vice-versa.
The interior of the fun house is a circular turntable that lets the family room rotate during its
trip down the Parade route.
Music superstar FLO RIDA
HARVEST IN THE VALLEY
GREEN GIANT® From the very first Thanksgiving celebration, vegetables have been synonymous with the holiday table
and Green Giant vegetables have been a staple of this meal for more than 100 years. The new float
depicts the harvest of fall delights including green beans, corn, and other vegetable crops in a stunning,
rolling landscape where the Green Giant ensures the veggies are picked at the peak of perfection.
Featuring a replica of the Green Giant, kneeling to harvest the perfect ear of corn, the majesty of the fall
harvest season is depicted in glorious and delicious spectacle.
Truly larger than life, Green Giant is fit for the Parade at more than two-stories high.
Country music star, LAUREN ALAINA
HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN
HALLMARK CHANNEL At several stories tall, this 3-D Christmas calendar masterpiece will roll down the streets of Manhattan,
helping spectators kick-off the holidays with a merry float of wonder. As a premiere destination for holiday
entertainment, Hallmark Channel ushers in the season with its beloved annual tradition “Countdown to
Christmas” and this magnificent float, counting down to the 25th of December, complete with festive
surprise behind each “date.”
The float features a heartwarming fireplace centerpiece, which brings together the idea that at
the heart of the busy holiday season, a gathered family holds everything together.
Celebrated music group, 98 DEGREES
IT’S ALL ROCK & ROLL
GIBSON BRANDS Gibson brings the joy of music on Thanksgiving morning with a live concert featuring Jimmy Fallon & The
Roots performed on the biggest Gibson “Les Paul” guitar in history. Join in the celebration of the sound
that inspires and unites generations of music fans around the world.
The “Les Paul” guitar at the centerpiece of the float is 33-feet long and 21-feet tall.
JIMMY FALLON & THE ROOTS
MACY’S SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE
DELTA AIR LINES Families, together with friends and neighbors, traditionally gather to usher in the season of giving by
watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For the first time, more than 125 Macy’s employees will
also come together to form the Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree – a cross-generational chorus and “live”
tree – and regale the nation with the perfect gift of song, embodying the holiday spirit of togetherness.
Arriving from all over the U.S. via Delta Air Lines, Macy’s employees who auditioned and were selected to
participate, will gather for the first time in New York City, rehearse their original number as a choral group
and later board the inaugural float to form the grandest and most magical of holiday trees.
This multi-tiered, 360-degree splendor of magic includes the largest amount of steel ever
sourced to build a Macy’s Parade float. Performance by:
MACY’S SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE CHOIR
MOUNT RUSHMORE’S AMERICAN PRIDE
SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM Washington. Jefferson. Roosevelt. Lincoln. The Parade gets the presidential treatment to bring spectators
and viewers alike face-to-face with Mount Rushmore National Memorial, one of the nation’s most iconic
landmarks and beloved national parks.
In addition to the iconic presidents, the float features indigenous animals of the Great Plains
and South Dakota’s proud American Indian heritage.
ON THE ROLL AGAIN
HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON® Lewis the Duck, replicating a classic wooden pull toy, serves as the official Homewood Suites mascot,
proudly representing the Hilton brand of extended-stay hotel living. This Thanksgiving, Lewis will once
again fly north for the holiday travel season from his hometown of Memphis to pull his family of ducks all
the way to Herald Square.
The family of three ducks measures over 46-feet long.
Pop Sensation, ANDY GRAMMER
PARADE DAY MISCHIEF
SOUR PATCH KIDS® CANDY This Thanksgiving will be full of whimsical frenzy, as the “Parade Day Mischief” float portrays SOUR
PATCH KIDS characters doing what they do best: causing shenanigans as they take over a scenic
replica of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The colorful, confetti-spilling marvel will bring to life a
Sour then Sweet interpretation of how the Kids celebrate Thanksgiving Day. With many larger than life
animated Kids, the float will also feature an amazing recreation of one of Macy’s iconic clowns as a giant
balloon, as well as awe-inspiring depictions of New York City’s breathtaking skyscrapers.
Rising almost three-stories high, the Parade Day Mischief float is also more than 32 feet long.
Latin music superstar, NICKY JAM
SANTA’S SLEIGH It’s time to BELIEVE, as the one-and only SANTA CLAUS makes his way down the Parade route to
Macy’s Herald Square. Straight from his home at the North Pole, Santa will ride his sleigh through the
streets of New York City, delighting children and adults alike. Depicting Santa’s magical night of travel
around the globe on Christmas Eve, we see the famed Toy Shop, his giant bag of gifts and the beloved
reindeer pulling the sleigh.
Santa’s Sleigh is the largest float in the Parade at 60-feet long, 22-feet wide and 3 ½ stories
The one-and-only SANTA CLAUS and MRS. CLAUS
SHIMMER AND SHINE
NICKELODEON Twin genies Shimmer and Shine embark on extraordinary adventures as they travel beyond the Rainbow
Waterfalls in the magical land of Zahramay Falls with their best friend Leah and their playful pets. With
the debut of this vibrant float based on the hit animated preschool series “Shimmer and Shine,” expect
lots of glitter, gems and jewels to bring iconic elements of Zahramay Falls to life with a lively marketplace,
floating palace, rainbow waterfall, and of course, Shimmer and Shine on their magic carpet.
The “Shimmer and Shine” float will be a colorful animated wonder with many elements
moving or seemingly floating in the air.
Social media influencer and TV star, JOJO SIWA
PEANUTS WORLDWIDE A cherished fan favorite, Snoopy’s Doghouse returns to celebrate the holiday classic A Charlie Brown
Christmas. The float features a mailbox full of holiday cards and letters, a dish full of dog bones, Charlie
Brown’s beloved tree and the doghouse complete with holiday lights.
Although Snoopy’s doghouse is mostly associated with a red roof, the float’s doghouse
features a blue roof as it represented in the animated film.
STIRRIN’ UP SWEET SENSATIONS
DOMINO® SUGAR The sweet sensations of holiday baking take larger than life form with delectable results. This giant
bakeshop features an oversized spoon stirring sugar and dough into a mixing bowl that is equivalent in
size to a small swimming pool. The float evokes the delicious memories of freshly baked holiday desserts.
As it has for more than 100 years, Domino Sugar helps families create their own confectionaries of
goodness; the whimsical float showcases just how these oversized treats come to life for millions to enjoy.
The 26-foot tall, 3-story float will also feature a giant “kneader” turntable to place the dough
into the oven.
Country singer & songwriter, CAM
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
NICKELODEON Rising from the city sewers to save the day, the wildly popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo,
Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo) are armed with an irreverent sense of humor and action-packed
moves to fend off the bad guys (and any holiday nay-sayers).
Against a theatrical cityscape, the float depicts rooftops, fire escapes, city window ledges and
a zip line down the wires of telephone poles.
TV and Music Sensation, KAT GRAHAM
BRAVO’S TOP CHEF Decked in autumnal hues, Tom Turkey will usher in Thanksgiving with a regal pairing of television’s
ultimate foodies, Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio. They join the Parade route for the first time to kick
off of Bravo’s Top Chef Season 15 in Colorado.
Tom Turkey stands proud at 21-feet tall and 20-feet wide with his animated movements
controlled by a series of cables, levers and pulleys.
Bravo’s Top Chef talent PADMA LAKSHMI and CHEF TOM COLICCHIO
SPROUT® A whimsical jungle gym where imagination grows is ready to take kids on an adventure down the streets
of Manhattan. Just as Sprout’s original programming and engaging characters invite kids to be free to
grow, “Universal Playground” sets the scene for creative play and free form collaboration.
The Universal Playground float design was inspired by modern art and cut paper sculpture.
America’s Got Talent star, ANGELICA HALE
BIG RED SHOE CAR® McDONALD’S® Ronald McDonald®, the world’s most famous clown, will ride down the Parade route in his one-of-a-kind,
Big Red Shoe Car.