NEW YORK, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The start of the holiday season is
just around the corner and the new kids on the block are gearing up for
their debuts in the official kick-off to the holiday season, the 81st
Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R). On Thursday, November 22nd at
9:00 AM the magic takes to the skies and the streets of the Big Apple in
America's favorite Parade.
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Turkey Day marks the debut of 3 new giant character helium balloons, 4
new fantastic floats and a new contemporary art balloon. From classic
characters to whimsical floating stages, the 81st annual Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade will once again feature a stellar starring cast.
Joining returning favorites, these new stars will delight millions of
spectators in their first proud procession down Broadway to Macy's Herald
Making her Macy's Parade debut this year is the newest Muppet of Sesame
Street, the fairy-in-training, Abby Cadabby. The first female Muppet to
join the cast in 13 years, Abby debuts her brand of exuberance and magic to
the delight of millions of Parade spectators. Standing at 56 feet long,
37.5 feet wide, and 48.5 feet high, Abby and her magic wand will be filled
with 16,100 cubic feet of helium leading the way down Broadway for her
first Parade flight.
HELLO KITTY(R) "SUPERCUTE"
Up, up and away! The cutest superhero ever takes to the skies this
Thanksgiving, as Sanrio's world-famous icon Hello Kitty(R) makes her
Broadway debut. For the first time, the Hello Kitty Supercute Balloon takes
flight over New York City in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Hello Kitty
will be ready for action, dressed in her Supercute superhero outfit,
complete with cape and tiara to complement her favorite red bow! Standing
at 33.6 feet tall, 34.8 feet wide and 45 feet long, Hello Kitty will soar
over the Big Apple accompanied by approximately 80 balloon handlers.
DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SKG
This Thanksgiving, a giant ogre flies in from Far Far Away and takes
over Manhattan as Shrek(R) makes his grand debut flying high in the Macy's
Parade. Taking a break from his beloved swamp, Shrek will literally become
larger- than-life as he makes an ogre the top transformation into a 44 foot
tall, 47 foot long and 39.3 foot wide, flying green giant. Dressed in his
signature woodsman outfit complete with oatmeal sweater, plaid pants and
brown vest, Shrek will be filled with over 14,130 cubic feet of helium for
his trip down the Big Apple.
"RABBIT" BY JEFF KOONS
Originally a famous modern art sculpture by world-renowned artist Jeff
Koons, Macy's has re-interpreted the work and created the new "Rabbit" by
Jeff Koons balloon. Continuing with Macy's "Blue Sky Gallery" series, which
invites famous artists to design Parade balloons, the magicians at the
Macy's Parade Studio have transformed the sculpture of a shiny, metallic
bunny into flying art measuring 53.5 feet tall, 26.5 wide and filled with
4,650 cubic feet of helium.
THE CARE BEARS(TM) WINTER FUN-DERLAND
The Care Bears' "Winter Fun-derland" float will take Cheer Bear(TM),
Funshine Bear(TM), Share Bear(TM), and Oopsy Bear(TM) on a trip down the
Great White Way as they ice skate on Heartland Pond. Just down the hill
from the Wishing Tree and over the Friendship Bridge, heart shaped trees,
bushes and lampposts gingerly overlook the ice skating on the frozen pond
as the Care Bears frolic and spread holiday cheer. The magical caring float
reminiscent of the Care Bears' magical cloud home, Care-a-lot, even has a
spot for Grumpy Bear. to sit and pout, before giving in to the fun and
merriment. Along for the ride will be Kay Hanley performing "Caring Changes
INTERNATIONAL CELE-BEAR-ATION CLOCK TOWER
Build-A-Bear Workshop huggable mascots Bearemy(R) and Pawlette
Coufur(R), have some beary special friends joining them for their debut
ride down Broadway on the International Cele-bear-ation Clock Tower. From
the Empire State to countries around the world, the float celebrates the
fun and merriment of the holiday season with everyone's favorite childhood
friend, the loveable Teddy Bear. Joining the Cele-bear-ation will be the
Jonas Brothers performing their hit "SOS."
M&M'S(R) CHOCOLATE CANDIES ON BROADWAY
MARS NORTH AMERICA
The colorful M&M's are at it again, this time taking Broadway by storm.
Red and Yellow, along with Blue, Green and Orange have transformed into
Broadway stars taking the stage in the best productions on the Great White
Way. Taking a ride on a Broadway themed float, the colorful chocolate bunch
take on roles in some of Broadway's best-hit musicals. Red transforms into
King Arthur in Spamalot, Yellow and Orange tap dance their way onto the
front of the line in A Chorus Line, Green defies gravity as Elphaba in
Wicked, and Blue hides behind the Phantom's mask in The Phantom of the
Opera. Joining the tasty stars will be Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff,
stars of the Tony Award(R) winning Spring Awakening, performing "Give My
Regards to Broadway."
MUSIC BIGGER THAN LIFE
Music lives this Thanksgiving as the Music Bigger Than Life float makes
its Broadway debut. Music surrounds us, overwhelms us and makes us feel
alive and the newest float in the Parade line-up does the same. Featuring a
massive Gibson "Les Paul" Guitar as its centerpiece, the float takes music
to a whole new scale as giant instruments take center stage. An oversized
drum kit, giant amplifier and classic piano hit the right notes on the
over-the-top float as it rocks to the holiday beat. Headlining and stopping
traffic, country superstar Wynonna will perform her rendition of "I'll Be
Home For Christmas."
All performing talent subject to change.
For more information on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, please call
the Macy's Parade Hotline at (212) 494-4495 or visit www.macysparade.com