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The second Sesame Street float was one of the largest floats in the 1979 Parade.

Floats are decorated platforms that are built on or towed by vehicles such as trucks, and are commonly seen in public celebrations such as festivals, parades and street fairs. Notable floats make appearances in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the 500 Festival Parade, the Toronto Santa Claus Parade the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Hitting the streets as 360-degree masterpieces, the Macy's Parade floats begin their Thanksgiving journey as a one-dimensional sketch. From there, the Macy's Parade Studio’s team of designers, carpenters, painters, animators, metal fabricators and electricians work to bring each to larger-than-life form. Factors including creative inspiration, performance considerations, safety, and most importantly, assembly and disassembly guide the creation process. From weather to final dimensions, the team transforms the creative vision into a work of art and of engineering.

Dimensions are key for any new Macy’s Parade float. While many can be several stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide, everything imagined, designed and built must fit through New York’s Lincoln Tunnel. With Macy’s Parade Studio located in New Jersey, miles and a river away from the Parade route, the floats must all travel through the tunnel conforming to no more than 12.5-feet tall and 8-feet wide in size. While that is the first hurdle on Parade eve, the next is the overnight assembly of the entire fleet. With the help of several cranes and extra manpower, one-by-one the floats come to life and are prepared for their Thanksgiving Day duties.

Following is a list of floats that have appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since its inception in 1924.

1920s Introductions

1924

1927

1930s Introductions

1932

1938

1939

1940s Introductions

1940

1946

1948

1950s introductions

1950

1951

1952

1954

1955

1958

1959

1960s introductions

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970s introductions

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980s introductions

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990s introductions

1990

1991

1992

  • Western Village by Macy's
  • Tree House by Macy's
  • Disney Fantasy Castleby Walt Disney World
  • Stars On Parade by Mike Miller & Associates
  • YMCA's 140th Birthday Celebration by AT&T
  • The Babysitter's Club by Scholastic, Inc.
  • Star Dreams by Macy's
  • Troll Winter Magic by Russ Berrie and Company

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000s introductions

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010s introductions

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020s Introductions

2020

2021

Notes

  1. Referred to as the "Bountiful Harvest Cornucopia" between 2007 and 2010.
  2. The AMC float underwent refurbishments during all three of its appearances, being named "Hollywood Canteen" in 1994, "Hollywood Holiday Salute" in 1995 and "Salute To Movie Musicals" in 1996.
  3. Originally named the "Teddy Bear Centennial" float.
  4. Renamed to "Barney's Musical Playground" in 2004.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Alteration of existing Barbie float.
  6. Later shortened to "Central Park" in 2019.
  7. The first-ever float to use a hydraulic lift system for assembly.
  8. Originally named "Music Is Our Life."
  9. Recycled from 1993's Jolly Polly Pirate Ship float.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Alteration of existing China float.
  11. Alteration of existing Sprout float.
  12. Received a refurbishment for the 2020 Macy's Parade, adding new crops and Green Little Sprout.
  13. The Elf Pets float was renamed in 2019 to "Christmas Cheer is Near," then to simply "Elf Pets" in 2021, when its sponsor was changed to The Lumistella Company.
  14. Alteration of existing "Snoopy's Doghouse" float.
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