The start of the holiday season is just around the corner, and the official kick-off celebration -- the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is gearing up to unveil its new line-up of giant helium balloons and floats for the big day.
This Thanksgiving, kids of all ages will have a lot to look forward to with six new floats, four giant helium character balloons and one new novelty balloon set to join the legendary line-up of America's Parade. From classic characters to timeless toys, the 79th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will once again feature a stellar starring cast.
Joining returning favorites, these new stars will take to the skies and streets of New York City on Thursday, November 24th at 9:00 AM in their first proud procession down Broadway to Herald Square.
Broadway Bound Balloons
From the ground to the sky above Macy's puts on a BIG show year after year. This year's new balloon stars promise to keep up with that high-flying tradition. Larger-than-life characters from the world of cartoons, movies, and television soar into the sky thanks to the wizardry of Macy's Parade Studio who merge aeronautic design with amazing artistic skill.
For the 79th annual Macy's Parade, four new character balloons and a specially created work of flying art take to the sky on Thanksgiving Day. The new balloons include Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer (TM), United States Potato Board's Healthy MR. POTATO HEAD (TM), Disney Channel's Jojo's Circus, and Warner Brothers' Scooby Doo, as well as, a new novelty sized balloon designed by world-renowned artist Tom Otterness, Macy's Parade Humpty Dumpty. The following are fun factoids about each of the Parade's new balloons.
DORA THE EXPLORER (TM)
Hola! Preschoolers' favorite Latina heroine Dora the Explorer makes her debut this year as a giant helium balloon at the Macy's Parade. Filled with 14,250 cubic feet of helium, Dora measures 43.5 feet in length, 39 feet in width and 55 feet tall. On Thanksgiving, Dora will explore the Big Apple traveling from Central Park to Herald Square. With her friends Backpack and Map along, Dora will wave to the crowds below as she is guided by 51 balloon handlers for her voyage down Broadway on Parade Day. After her maiden flight, Dora will be sure to say Gracias! to all the kids and families along the Parade route who joined her on this amazing journey.
Healthy MR. POTATO HEAD (TM)
UNITED STATES POTATO BOARD
Sprouting a new healthy lifestyle that's more in keeping with his nutritious nature, and wearing the running gear to back it up, the brand new Healthy MR. POTATO HEAD (TM) is gearing up for his sprint down Broadway. At 43 feet long, 37 feet wide and 42.3 feet tall, Healthy MR. POTATO HEAD comes in at a lean-mean 529 pounds. With his newly developed muscles and positive attitude, Healthy MR. POTATO HEAD is promoting the importance of a balanced diet, which of course should include the chock-full-of-vitamins, potato.
In her very first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Jojo, the world's cutest clown girl, will float high above the Big Apple, and just like the movement-focused stories on Jojo's Circus, she is also the first balloon to feature "movement"-- juggling, Jojo floats from the Upper West Side to Herald Square. Three colorful ball shaped balloons fly to create Jojo's juggling motion and make kids of all ages oohh and ahh at their familiar pal Jojo's juggling skills. The vibrant "JoJo's Circus" balloon measures 55 feet long, 32 feet wide and 63.3 feet high and is filled with 14,000 cubic feet of helium.
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Scooby-Doo, the mystery loving canine makes his Broadway debut in this year's Macy's Parade. Running down the Great White Way after his favorite Scooby Snacks, Scooby will not only debut as a giant helium balloon this year, but he will also serve as Macy's very-own Holiday ambassador bringing the joy of the season to millions of children of all ages. At 43 feet long, 37 feet wide, 42.3 feet tall, Scooby-Doo is filled with 13, 200 cubic feet of helium. Wearing his trademark teal collar with "SD" initials, Scooby-Doo will be flown down Broadway by 52 handling lines.
Macy's Parade Humpty Dumpty by Tom Otterness
This year, Macy's worked with world-renowned artist Tom Otterness, known for his whimsical sculptures, to create a Parade work of art. Captured in mid-fall and floating high above the crowd, Humpty Dumpty will delight over 2.5 million live spectators along the route as a Macy's Parade novelty balloon during his big debut. At approximately 33 feet tall, 27 feet wide, 20 feet long, and filled with thousands of cubic feet of helium, Humpty will certainly be kept afloat and intact on Parade Day. Making a splash in a red three-piece suit with a white shirt, red bow tie and top hat, Humpty will be dressed to impress for his grand unveiling on Thanksgiving.
Fantasy Filled Floats
Amazing worlds come to life on the Parade's fabulous floats. From a global jungle to the streets of New York, fantasy becomes reality on the Macy's Parade floats by combining mechanics with art. This year's Parade will cast the spotlight on six new floats including Animal Planet's Animal Wonders, New York Daily News' Big Apple, Cartoon Network's Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Pillsbury's Holiday Lovin' Oven, Oklahoma Centennial Commission's Oklahoma Rising, and Warner Home Video's The Polar Express. The following is a brief description of what to expect as each of these mechanical stages make their way down the "Great White Way."
Awesome Animals from around the globe ride down Broadway on this new Animal Planet float. A majestic humpback whale shares the spotlight with a larger-than-life ant, African elephant and even a slithering snake. Animal Planet, the only television network dedicated to the emotional connection between people and animals, brings them together on a float that celebrates the diversity of animal life. The float features a globe as the centerpiece from which sprouts an amazing tree of wild creatures. The tree sets the stage for Animal Planet's winner of the National Championship, Knotty the Bloodhound and network star Jeff Corwin, host of Corwin's Quest.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
As grand as the city it represents, the Big Apple float brings together the very best of this incomparable city. With a giant 30-foot inflatable apple at its core, the Big Apple float features the city's signature skyline and its landmark buildings. The Empire State, Chrysler, and of course Macy's, share the city with New York's signature taxi cabs, and subway stations. The float also salutes the upcoming renaissance of downtown Manhattan with a presentation of the Freedom Tower, which will soon be joining New York City's iconic skyline. Sitting on top of the city will be the Krewe of Orpheus straight from Mardi Gras with NYPD and FDNY Rescue workers on board in a special musical salute to New Orleans.
HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI
On tour and heading to Broadway, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi is bringing rock and roll attitude to the Great White Way. Cartoon Network takes Japanese pop-stars Ami and Yumi and turns them into ultra-glam super-cuties from their hit animated comedy series. The duo is featured on this rocking tour bus as larger-than-life puppets and on the driver's seat is the girls' manager, Kaz. Oversized instruments and travel stickers from the stars' favorite performance stops adorn the super-cool bus. Performing one of their hit songs, the real life Ami and Yumi will also appear on the float.
HOLIDAY LOVIN' OVEN
Making its sweet debut in the Parade, the Holiday Lovin' Oven celebrates the joys of holiday baking. The world famous Pillsbury(R) Doughboy is adding a little love to the holiday season by baking up his special treats with the float's gigantic oven. Magical cookies, sweet rolls and crescent rolls are ready to be enjoyed by Parade lovers everywhere as the playful giant oven and oversized utensils set the stage for holiday baking. Accompanying the loveable Doughboy down Broadway will be American Idol's Carrie Underwood who will be serving up a song from her soon to be released debut album.
Oklahoma Centennial Commission
100 years young, the great state of Oklahoma arrives on Broadway on the brand new Oklahoma Rising float. Celebrating the state's upcoming Centennial in 2007, the float features unique Oklahoma culture and achievements. Featuring a rocket ship in celebration of that state's eight astronauts, an oil well, and an authentic covered wagon, the float represents Oklahoma's past, present and future. Pulled by Oklahoma Clydesdales, the float will also feature recognizable American Indian tribal symbols. Tony winner and star of NBC's The West Wing, Kristin Chenoweth will be on board performing Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic tune "Oklahoma." Other famous Oklahomans including sports legends Barry Switzer, Shannon Miller, Johnny Bench and Bobby Mercer; opera Singer Leona Mitchell; composer Jimmy Webb; and Choctaw Indian Gena Howard will all be on board for the trip down Broadway.
THE POLAR EXPRESS
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All aboard the Polar Express, with stops at 77th Street and Central Park West and 34th Street. Straight from the North Pole to Herald Square comes the star of the holiday classic The Polar Express, which also arrives on DVD and Imax just in time for the holidays. The float, a fantastic recreation of the famous train churns down Broadway on Parade Day with Brian McKnight on board, who'll perform the film's signature song, "Believe."
For more information on the 79th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, please call Macy's Parade Hotline at 212-494-4495 or visit www.macysparade.com.
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