FLOATING ON AIR
Floats Of Imagination Glide Down The Streets Of Manhattan For The 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®
Float And Performer Line-Up
Note: All Talent, Performances, Elements And Information Included Are Subject To Change
1-2-3 SESAME STREET
Sesame Street, helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder for more than forty years will once again celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday on 34th Street. On the stoop of 1-2-3 SESAME STREET, fans of all ages will meet their favorite furry friends as they celebrate the holidays, create heartfelt moments and build a lasting love of learning.
Float Facts: In 2015, The Sesame Workshop celebrates its 39th consecutive year in the Parade.
Performance by: The Cast and Muppets® of Sesame Street® with special guest QUESTLOVE
AT THE BALL GAME
Although the baseball season is over, Cracker Jack popcorn and Macy’s want to give everyone one more chance to be taken out to the ball game. This three story float depicts the timeless American tradition with a modern day sensation, a family taking a “selfie” at the game.
Float Facts: The float will include live cameras for spectators to see themselves on a largerthan-life LED screen, above the stadium scoreboard.
Performance by: Pop star ANDY GRAMMER
NY DAILY NEWS
The one and only Big Apple is the inspiration for the NY Daily News Big Apple float. From the Empire State Building to the Chrysler Building and Macy’s, cultural landmarks create the skyline and city visitors map. New York’s signature taxi cabs and subway stations surround the attractions.
Float Facts: A 30-foot inflatable apple is at the center of the float, depicting NYC’s signature skyline.
Performance by: Pop Latin superstar PRINCE ROYCE
BIG CITY CHEER!
SPIRIT OF AMERICA PRODUCTIONS
With over 500 cheerleaders from across the nation, Big City Cheer will spread holiday merriment throughout the Parade route, New York City and the nation.
Float Facts: The float uses a new LED technology that looks like neon, but with more luminosity and at less than 3% of energy consumption.
Performance by: Hip-hop superstar TREY SONGZ; Miss America 2016, BETTY CANTRELL
CASA FRESCA CAFÉ
AVOCADOS FROM MEXICO
Open for business and serving a fresh, tasty treat, the Casa Fresca Café is your home for the year around fiesta. Serving Avocados from Mexico as a nutritious snack or meal, this Café is sure to have spectators craving guacamole with their leftover turkey sandwich as it floats by.
Float Facts: The Casa Fresca Café features a contemporary take on a traditional diner, complete with an oversized counter that doubles as a performance stage.
Performance by: Rock stars DAUGHTRY
Build-A-Bear’s newest Parade float depicts two bears playfully riding ocean waves, while a sailboat captained by a Sailor Bear rocks gently overhead. A castle featuring Build-A-Bear’s icon, Bearnard, serves as the centerpiece, complete with a friendly, smoke-breathing dragon climbing up to see a Princess Bear, who showers the crowds with confetti. Completing the adventures is a classic teddy-bear tea party, as well as a trip to outer space on a rocket ship manned by an Astronaut Bear.
Float Facts: The 2015 float represents the third Build-A-Bear float in Parade history.
Performance by: Disney Channel stars DOVE CAMERON and SOFIA CARSON
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL®
The fan favorite Cirque du Soleil float features a song from PARAMOUR, the new Cirque du Soleil show on Broadway. Complete with jugglers, contortionists, acrobats, dancers, trampolinists, a daring fire breather and the biggest bicycle in the world, the Cirque du Soleil float is sure to enthrall.
Float Facts: At 52-feet long, 23-feet wide and 35-feet high, the grand ship is one of the longest, tallest and widest floats in the Parade.
Performance by: Acrobats and character artists of CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Paramour
THE ENCHANTING WORLD OF LINDT CHOCOLATE
A giant chocolatier sits high above the chocolate shop on this delectable float. As the sweet treat makes its way down the Parade route, the chocolatier directs the dance of the life-sized marionettes that pour chocolate into molds and wrap holiday goodies for kids of all ages to enjoy.
Float Facts: The Lindt Master Chocolatier figure moves and blinks thanks to a little Macy’s
Parade magic and some behind the scenes puppeteering.
Performance by: Pop star RACHEL PLATTEN
FREE TO PLAY
Just as Sprout’s television programming invites families to experience the possibilities every single day, FREE TO PLAY sets the scene for creative play and inventive wonder.
Float Facts: The float’s fence is made from giant popsicle sticks and crayons, the flowers are made of plates and bowl and the boat is constructed like a giant newspaper hat.
Performance by: Sprout’s icon CHICA, and her fellow co-hosts from Sprout’s daily Sunny Side
Up Show along with Michele Lepe and Star from the Good Night Show
FROZEN FALL FUN
As the 2015-2016 hockey season kicks into full gear, fans can watch a game right here on the streets of New York City as the FROZEN FALL FUN float hosts its own 2015 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown. Kids take to the ice to try and test their slap shots against the giant Turkey tending goal.
Float Facts: The skating surface is actually made of synthetic ice, a hard surface that can be skated on.
Performance by: Country music star JAKE OWEN and NHL® legends MARK and MARTY HOWE.
THE GIRL-POWERED SPINNING MACHINE
GoldieBlox returns to the Parade with THE GIRL-POWERED SPINNING MACHINE float. This float, from the award-winning toy company on a mission to inspire female engineers, is built in three stages and uses energy created by kids to spin, pull, and rotate the elements including a giant bicycle, giant pinwheels, parachutes, a capstan crankshaft, and jogging wheels.
Float Facts: This is the first-ever Parade float designed to showcase the basic principles of engineering and to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.
This year GoldieBlox welcomes a new action hero to the float, Ruby Rails, a tech-savvy skydiver who encourages kids to live life by their own code.
Performance by: Pop sensation JORDIN SPARKS
IT’S ALL ROCK & ROLL
Rock & roll is on the radio with this energetic float celebrating the almighty Gibson guitar, which recently celebrated its 120th anniversary. Featuring the biggest Gibson “Les Paul” Guitar in history as its centerpiece, the float transports viewers to a live rock-n-roll concert.
Float Facts: The Gibson guitar at the centerpiece of the float is 33-feet long and 21-feet tall.
Performance by: The Broadway cast of SCHOOL OF ROCK
HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN
As the destination for holiday celebrations, Hallmark Channel brings the ultimate Christmas countdown to the Macy’s Parade. In its inaugural trip through Manhattan, the HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN float will provide surprises and treats as it counts down from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Float Facts: This three-dimensional calendar will help kick-off the holiday season and showcase scenes of merriment behind each number on the three-story float.
Performance by: American music legend MARIAH CAREY
MOUNT RUSHMORE’S AMERICAN PRIDE
SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM
In advance of the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, as well as the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, Parade spectators will once again get a special glimpse into South Dakota’s natural beauty and famed landmarks on this float.
Float Facts: In addition to the iconic Presidents, the float showcases Great Plains animals and the state’s American Indian legacy.
Performance by: Rock sensations MERCYME ON THE ROLL AGAIN
HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON®
Lewis the Duck and his family are ready to march down the Parade route as part of their Thanksgiving celebration. Based on the classic wooden pull toys, the Homewood Suites by Hilton mascot will pull his family in this three part float all the way to Herald Square to meet Santa.
Float Facts: The family of ducks measures over 46-feet long.
Performance by: Soul singer ANDRA DAY
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 of all ages along the path. Depicting Santa’s magical night of travel around the globe on Christmas Eve, we see the famed Toyshop, his giant bag of toys, and the famous reindeer pulling the sleigh.
Float Fact: Santa’s Sleigh is the largest float in the Parade at 60-feet long, 22-feet wide and is 3 ½ stories tall.
Macy’s own giant steam locomotive the Santaland Express, returns to the Parade route, as a preview to Santa’s highly anticipated entrance. With its whistle blowing and steam billowing more than 30-feet from its smokestack, this train is bound for 34th Street.
Float Fact: Santaland Express is 78-feet long and first appeared in the Parade in 1985.
Celebrating 50 years of the holiday classic A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, Peanuts Worldwide brings Snoopy’s Doghouse to the 2015 Parade. Complete with gifts, a full mailbox of warm holiday wishes, feet of snow, a dish full of bones, Charlie Brown’s beloved tree and decorated classic blue doghouse complete with holiday lights, the iconic animated special comes to life for spectators to enjoy.
Float Facts: Although you may remember Snoopy’s classic doghouse as red, in the original A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS film, it is blue, as it appears on the float.
STIRRIN’ UP SWEET SENSATIONS
Domino Sugar’s float focuses on everyone’s favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal – dessert. With a float three stories tall, featuring a giant spoon stirring the cookie dough in a bowl the size of a small swimming pool, this float is sure to kick off holiday cookie season in a tasty
Float facts: The 26-foot tall float features a giant turntable that transports the magical dough into the oven for a perfect baked treat.
Performance by: Country star JENNIFER NETTLES
STONE FOREST OF KUNMING, CHINA
SINO-AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION
Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province in Southwest China, is known as “The City of Eternal Spring” for its pleasant climate and flowers that bloom all year long. This float replicates its unique natural beauty, ancient legends and local Yi traditions.
Float Facts: The centerpiece of the Float is the geological Stone Forest, surrounded by colorful flowers and beautiful elements native to China. A natural wonder in the world, the forest has evolved over 270 million years.
Performance of: Traditional Chinese Folk Dance
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Macy’s and Nickelodeon have teamed up to bring back the crime battling quartet, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are once again called upon to make sure the city and the Parade are safe from their infamous nemesis
Float Facts: Against a spectacular dark cityscape, the float depicts roof tops, fire escapes, city window ledges and a zip line down the wires of telephone poles.
Performance by: Rock band PANIC! AT THE DISCO
THE COLONEL’S ROAD TRIP TO NYC
KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN
To commemorate 75 years of his famed secret recipe fried chicken, the Colonel is back. KFC’s inaugural float travels from Kentucky to the Big Apple and includes major milestones of this iconic American legend including: his original café in Corbin, Kentucky, the original KFC in Salt Lake City, the Colonel’s signature white limo, and “honorary members” of the Colonel’s Mandolin band, a music troop the Colonel personally led.
Float Facts: Colonel Sanders’ Cadillac measures 17-feet long and sports a license plate reading “COOPE-1”.
Performance: Bluegrass stars MIPSO
THE CRANBERRY COOPERATIVE
Ocean Spray and Macy’s celebrate a fall harvest tradition with THE CRANBERRY COOPERATIVE. 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 to 34th Street just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.
Float Facts: The 18-foot tall turkey and goose are suited in XXXL waders standing in a bog of over 400 oversized cranberries.
Performance by: American rock band TRAIN
Tom Turkey takes his traditional place as the lead float in the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Decked in autumnal hues, Tom Turkey will march down the route along with lifestyle maven SANDRA LEE, ushering in the Thanksgiving holiday for the nation.
Float Facts: Tom is 21-feet tall and 20-feet wide and his movements are animated by a series of cables, levers and pulleys.
Leading the Pirate’s Booty TREASURE HUNT float is the Pirate mascot and his first mate Crunchy the Parrot. As they cruise down the Parade route at flank speed on a quest to find a hidden treasure, the Pirate keeps watch and search along with millions of spectators who are sure to enjoy the holiday treasure hunt for smarter snacking.
Float Facts: 38-feet long, 8-feet wide and 40-feet tall
Performance by: Pop sensation SHAWN MENDES
WINTER WONDERLAND IN CENTRAL PARK
DELTA AIR LINES
Upon arrival in New York City aboard a Delta Air Lines jet from one of more than 110 destinations, lucky visitors will experience one of the city’s most picturesque views inside Central Park. The park’s Gothic Bridge is recreated surrounded by vintage streetlights, decorated Christmas trees, and freshly fallen snow.
Float Facts: Beneath the iconic Gothic Bridge, ice skaters celebrate the holiday season by floating across the frozen pond, enjoying this beautiful winter afternoon.
Performance by: The legendary PAT BENATAR and NEIL GIRALDO
A WORLD AT SEA
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL®
Celebrating the arrival of Anthem of the Seas, sailing from the New York area in 2016, Royal Caribbean has teamed with Macy’s to offer a glimpse at the biggest and boldest adventure at sea. This action-packed float features a revolving panorama of 3-D postcards, showcasing rock climbing, zip lining, hanging ten and a white sand beach on the go.
Float facts: Designed to mirror a wind-up toy, the float features an inflatable globe at its apex.
Performance by: Pop-Punk band PLAIN WHITE T’S
SPECIAL UNITS CAST
BIG APPLE CIRCUS WAGONS
The Big Apple Circus’ Wagon will roll down the Parade route in celebration of the all-new show, THE GRAND TOUR under the Big Top at Lincoln Center. With a world-class troupe of clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from around the globe, breathtaking acts will captivate spectators of all ages.
FDNY 1924 FORD MODEL T VINTAGE FIRE TRUCK
In celebration of the Fire Department of New York City’s 150th anniversary, a 1924 Ford Model T Vintage Fire Truck will be featured in this year’s holiday spectacular.
BIG RED SHOE CAR®
Ronald McDonald® , the world’s most famous clown, is riding down the Parade route in his one of a kind, Big Red Shoe Car.
MOUNTED PARKS ENFORCEMENT PATROL AND NYPD MOUNTED UNIT
New York City Park Rangers and Police Officers make up an old fashioned cavalry as they ride down the route on horseback saluting Parade spectators along the way.
NUTCRACKER & MOUSE KING
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO® RESORT
The famed Nutcracker and Mouse King trycaloons take their return trip through Manhattan before heading south to Universal Orlando® Resort, where they will partake in the Macy’s Holiday Parade™ daily throughout this holiday season.
The always dapper 99-year old American icon Mr. Peanut and his NUTmobile is SHELL-ebrating in style at the Thanksgiving Day Parade. His trip down the Parade route is part of his ongoing Bucket List tour across the country.