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Ice Castles is a 1978 American romantic drama film directed by Donald Wrye and starring Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson. It is the story of Lexie Winston, a young figure skater, and her rise and fall from super stardom. Tragedy strikes when, following a freak accident, Lexie loses her sight, leaving her to hide away in the privacy of her own despair. She eventually perseveres and begins competing in figure skating again.

The work was filmed on location in Colorado and  Minnesota. Its theme song "Through the Eyes of Love", performed by Melissa Manchester, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 52nd Academy Awards.

History with the Macy's Parade

To promote the newly-released movie Ice Castles, Columbia Pictures commissioned the Macy's Parade Studio to create a float based on the movie. The main feature of the float was its working skating rink, which was created with a special glycerin mixture. Surrounding the ice rink were large, jagged ice spikes. Arching over the float was a large rainbow, which represented the film's message of strength and resilience.

The float made its only appearance in the 1978 Parade, and was disposed of shortly after its inaugural appearance. The film has yet to be represented in the Parade again.

Guest Stars

Listed below are the guest stars that have appeared and/or performed on the float, alongside the respective songs which they sang during the NBC telecast.

  • 1978 - Lynn-Holly Johnson
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