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Dora the Explorer is an American animated television series created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner that premiered on Nickelodeon on August 14, 2000. The series is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio and is one of the longest-running series that aired on the Nick Jr. block. The show also had a sequel series, named Dora and Friends: Into the City! (or simply Dora and Friends) this series premiered on Nickelodeon on August 18, 2014, and ended on February 5, 2017, in the United States, followed by its Canadian premiere on September 6, 2014, on Treehouse TV.

History with the Macy's Parade

In 2010, a brand-new float served as the replacement for the balloon and was entitled "Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure", promoting the television special of the same name. The float featured Dora and her best monkey friend, Boots, wishing everyone "Feliz Navidad". The float featured the duo exploring the past, present and, future of Christmas. For the holidays, Dora and her friends are off on an adventure to help Swiper learn the true meaning of Christmas. Featured on the colorful float is a stunning 12-foot tall Christmas tree decorated with dazzling ornaments, as well as some very special gifts. The float was retired after the 2013 Parade and was disposed of in 2015. The Swiper figure still exists at the Parade Studio and is now used as a decoration.

After the previous float's retirement, a brand-new Dora and Friends float, titled “Aventuras Fantasticas,” appeared for only time only in the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The float brings Dora’s new home of Playa Verde to life with out-of-this-world landscapes and vibrant colors, capturing the excitement and adventure found in the new series. The float takes spectators on a tour of one of the new series’ landmark locations, the Arco Iris Café, and showcase some of her new enchanted surroundings. Additionally, it features Dora’s magical charm bracelet that helps her navigate the city and overcome any obstacle. Since this float's retirement, Dora has had no association with the Parade.

Guest Stars

Listed below are the performers/celebrities that have performed and/or appeared on these floats, alongside the respective songs which they sang during the NBC Telecast.

Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure

  • 2010 - India Aria; sang "Favorite Time Of Year"
  • 2011 - The Fresh Beat sang; performed "Here We Go!"
  • 2012 - Rachel Crow; sang "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
  • 2013 - Ariana Grande; sang "Last Christmas"

Dora & Friends: Aventuras Fantasticas

  • 2014 - Becky G; sang "Can't Stop Dancin"
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