The Kalahari Resort and Convention Center is a water park resort chain with locations in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; Sandusky, Ohio; Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania; and soon Round Rock, Texas. At 220,000 square feet, the indoor water park at Kalahari's Pocono Mountain resort is the largest in the United States, followed by the waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio at 173,000 square feet and in third place the Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin property at 125,000 square feet.
History with the Macy's Parade
In 2018, the Kalahari promotional team partnered with Macy's to produce a brand-new float titled "Splashing Safari Adventure". The float depicts a wondrous scene where the spirit of community, fun, and connection with the earth is at the heart of a colorful gathering of inhabitants. At the centerpiece of the design is an animated 12-foot wide head of an African elephant with its iconic ears converging with other animals at the watering hole. Rendered in abstract form and creating a mosaic inspired by the art of African cultures, such as bold patterned wooden masks, the animals and trees on the float, merge into a stylized landscape that showcases the marvel and majesty of the African continent and its human companions who together enjoy a relaxing and fun day at the lazy river. The float is confirmed to appear in 2021.
Listed below are the guest stars that have performed/appeared on the float, alongside the respective songs which they sang during the NBC Telecast.
- 2018 - Ella Mai; sang "Boo'd Up"
- 2019 - TLC; sang "No Scrubs" and "Waterfalls"
- 2020 - AJR; sang "Bang!"*
*Jordin Sparks was initially chosen to appear on the Kalahari float, however she was removed from the line of march, and replaced by AJR shortly thereafter.