The 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is set to air live on NBC on Nov. 27. Earlier today, Nov. 26, pop singer Meghan Trainor tweeted her excitement about performing at one of New York City and the nation’s most time-honored and cherished holiday traditions.
Trainor’s tweet reads: “So excited to perform on the @goldieblox float tomorrow as a part of Macy’s Thanksgiving parade!!!!” She followed it with celebratory emoticons.
The impressive list of celebrities joining Meghan Trainor includes “Pretty Little Liars” star and recording artist Lucy Hale, American Authors, NEEDTOBREATHE, rock legends Kiss, “Annie” star Quvenzhané Wallis, Broadway and TV star Idina Menzel, Nick Jonas, MKTO, Renee’ Fleming, NHL stars Pat LaFontaine and John LeClair, the world-famous Radio City Rockettes, a special preview of NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!” special and much more.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade entertains millions of people each year, pulling in more than 3 million live spectators in New York and over 50 million television viewers. The spectacular Turkey Day extravaganza boasts gigantic floats, balloons, marching bands, a bevy of celebrity performers and enchanting excerpts from Broadway shows. The store is pulling out all the stops for 2014’s main event.
“This is a record breaking year for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as we debut the largest new cast of giant character balloons ever assembled, along with five amazing new floats. Tens of millions of spectators will be amazed by what we have in store,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in a press release.
This year brings 16 giant character balloons, among them are six new balloons including Paddington, Pikachu, Pillsbury Doughboy, Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, Skylanders Eruptor and Thomas the Tank Engine. There will also be 27 floats, 12 marching bands, 1,300 cheerleaders and 1,000 clowns.
Recent American Music Award nominee Meghan Trainor will ride one of the five new 2014 floats; GoldieBlox™ toy company. The really cool thing about this new addition that’s called The Girl-Powered Spinning Machine, is that it will use kid power to spin, pull and rotate a myriad of elements. It’s the first-ever float to illustrate engineering principles in an effort to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to life. How inspirational is that?
Other new floats are Cracker Jack® Popcorn’s “At the Ball Game,” American Friendship Association’s “Beauty of Beijing,” Dora and Friends: “Aventuras Fantasticas” and Pirate Booty®’s “Treasure Hunt.” Old favorites like 123 Sesame Street will feature The Muppets and Sesame Street Workshop cast.
Parade executive producer Amy Kule will be accompanied by the infamous Little League baseball team the Taney Dragons, from Philadelphia in kicking off the parade and leading the procession. Taney Dragons is host team of Mo’Ne Davis, the first female Little League pitcher to pitch a winning Little League World Championship game. At 13, Davis is the first-ever Little League player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine.
The parade will tap into social media in a fun and exciting new venture which releases special content to @macys followers, including behind-the-scenes looks at the celebrity lineup on the Confetti Carpet. The New York Daily News float will also be taking panoramic photos along the route and the “At the Ball Game” float will use live cameras to beam crowd images to the stadium jumbotron. Anyone attending the parade live in NYC can scan images uploaded to macys.com/parade to see if they can find themselves among the crowd.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s guest of honor has always been Santa Claus, bringing up the rear of the parade on his decked out Christmas sleigh. Two seasons of giving are celebrated at once with Santa’s highly-anticipated Thanksgiving appearance ringing in the start of the impending Christmas season.
Macy’s Department Store remains a prominent part of American retail history. The iconic store sprinkles its own wondrous dose of holiday magic in its Christmas “Believe” campaign that stems from one of the most beloved Christmas classic films of all time, 1947’s “Miracle on 34th Street.” A skeptical little girl’s holiday (and life) is transformed by the Macy’s store Santa. He turns out to be the “real Santa” and makes her Christmas wish come true.
The 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route begins on 77th street, winds down 6th street, over to the flagship 34th Street store ending. The Thanksgiving Day television broadcast will be hosted by “The Today Show’s” Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. The coverage will air on Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon in all time zones. All artists in lineup are subject to change.