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Magic On 34th Street: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Kicks Off The Holiday Season

The tradition continues, as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the nation’s grandest holiday spectacle returns to kick-off the holiday season from 34th Street! On Thursday, November 26, the time-honored phrase Let’s Have a Parade™ will cue the start of a reimagined celebration that will safely bring the magic of this cherished holiday tradition to television audiences nationwide. The 94th edition of Macy’s Parade will feature a mix of the event’s traditional giant character balloons, animated floats, exciting street performances and marching ensembles, musical acts, whimsical clowns and the arrival of the one-and-only Santa Claus. Reinvented to safely keep spectators in New York City at home and families nationwide glued to their televisions, America’s premiere Thanksgiving holiday celebration will air on NBC and Telemundo from 9 a.m. – Noon, in all time zones.

“For nearly 100 years the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has served as a milestone celebration that brings joy to millions of families nationwide and kicks off the holidays with unparalleled spectacle,” said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “Our safely reimagined broadcast will continue that cherished tradition, as viewers nationwide celebrate together bringing a much-needed sense of normalcy to our lives.” She added, “Thanks to incredible partnerships with the city and state of New York, as well as a host of agency partners and a resilient team, together we will keep America entertained safely from the comforts of home this year. While it will may look different in execution, we invite everyone to tune in and experience our incredible celebration on television featuring our signature character balloons, dazzling animated floats, whimsical clowns, world-class performances, and of course the arrival of Santa Claus, who will once again herald the start of the holiday season.”

A Reimagined National Spectacle

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is annually the nation’s most anticipated holiday celebration. To safely bring the spectacle to millions of viewers nationwide during this unprecedented time, the annual production will forgo marching down the traditional 2.5-mile route in Manhattan in order to avoid gathering large crowds. Instead it will be reimagined over the course of several days as a television-only event leading up to the live Thanksgiving Day broadcast that will feature the breadth of its signature elements. Broadcast nationally on NBC and Telemundo on Thursday, November 26, the TODAY Show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will host the live three-hour telecast for NBC, with the Spanish language simulcast on Telemundo hosted by Adamari López, Jessica Carrillo, Rodner Figueroa and Nastassja Bolivar.

Celebrate And Give Back

Since its inception, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has served as a reflection of the finest of American popular culture. From the best of music to the brightest lights on Broadway and everything in between. The impact of this year’s pandemic related cancelations on some of New York City’s most beloved arts, entertainment and cultural events was a huge loss felt by both New Yorkers and visitors alike who enjoy them annually as part of New York City’s thriving and vibrant communities. To give the nation a dose of the lost magic of some of these beloved events, this year’s Macy’s Parade will feature a selection of performances representing a sampling of the annual traditions that had to scale back, cancel or indefinitely postpone their events or performances.

The best of Broadway will once again be featured in the Macy’s Parade with performances from the casts of Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations, Hamilton, Jagged Little Pill, and Mean Girls. In addition, the show-stopping Radio City Rockettes will bring their signature magic to Herald Square.

Entertaining viewers nationwide with their signature flair will be a special performance from the all-female samba drumline Fogo Azul NYC along with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and Mermaid Queen Lynn Nottage and Dick Zigun representing the Coney Island USA Mermaid Parade; Danza Fiesta representing the National Puerto Rican Day Parade; The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Band representing the NYC Pride March; the Sugarplum Fairy from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker representing the New York City Ballet; the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums representing the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade™; and a special performance entitled CaribeFuturism featuring a collective of acts including partners Pan in Motion, Batingua Arts, Sesame Flyers, and Kaisokah Moko Jumbies with Carnival Queen Kay Mason representing the West Indian American Day Carnival Association.

The fun doesn’t stop there with additional performances from The Big Apple Circus, The NYPD Police Band, The West Point Marching Band and the step skills of Zeta Phi Beta.

Stars On Parade

Setting the stage for entertainment on Thanksgiving Day will be stars for everyone in the family to enjoy. Featuring a mix of musical genres from Pop and R & B to Country and Latin music, the Parade will be the ultimate television party destination this November. Joining the festivities will be Lauren Alaina, Ally Brooke, Sofia Carson, CNCO, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots (opening the show), Karol G, Tori Kelly, Patti LaBelle, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier, Matthew Morrison, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, Leslie Odom Jr., Keke Palmer, Dolly Parton (on behalf of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store), Pentatonix, Bebe Rexha, Jordin Sparks, Sebastián Yatra, and Brett Young; with an extra special appearance by the one and-only Santa Claus.

Returning for a fourth year by popular demand, a special presentation of the Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree will feature the harmonious voices of 60 Macy’s colleagues who will join us from their homes across the country coming together in a golden-voiced chorus filled with the spirit of the holiday season.

Inflatable Icons

Since 1928, when the Parade’s character balloons first joined the revelry, the inflatables have become a signature element featuring some of the world’s most beloved characters. Over time, the inflatables have morphed from air-filled characters carried on sticks to high-flying giants, balloonheads, hybrid inflatables with vehicles inside (balloonicles) or tandem tricycles (trycaloons).

New giants joining the line-up this year include The Boss Baby by DreamWorks Animation’s “The Boss Baby: Family Business” and Red Titan from “Ryan’s World” by Sunlight Entertainment and pocket.watch. The newest balloon stars will take flight without the traditional 80-100 handlers, instead employing an innovative, specially rigged anchor tether framework of five specialty vehicles field tested and approved by the relevant agencies in the City of New York. Their Thanksgiving Day flights will be manned by a smaller vehicle team helping to safely reduce the overall number of people needed underneath each balloon.

Also making appearances on the national broadcast are giant balloon favorites including Astronaut Snoopy by Peanuts Worldwide; Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Abrams Children’s Books; Sinclair Oil’s DINO; The Elf on the Shelf by The Lumistella Company; Chase from PAW Patrol by Spin Master and Nickelodeon; Pikachu by the Pokémon Company International; Pillsbury Doughboy by Pillsbury; Ronald McDonald by McDonald's; SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary by Nickelodeon; and DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls.

The televised inflatable lineup also includes Sinclair Oil’s Baby DINOs and the Go Bowling balloonicles, as well as Hugg, Bjorn, Jojo and Fleck from Netflix’s “The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two,” Love Flies Up to the Sky by Yayoi Kusama, Universal Orlando Resort’s The Nutcracker and Smokey Bear by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.

Animated Wonders

The Parade’s floating stages have morphed from simple creations initially focused on nursery rhyme stories pulled by horses in the first processions to highly animated wonders that take spectators to new worlds. Conceived and crafted by the incredible artisans of Macy’s Parade Studio – a design and production facility that includes carpenters, engineers, electricians, painters, animators, balloon technicians, sculptors, metal fabricators, scenic and costume designers – this year’s line-up of floats sets an unparalleled stage for entertainment. The Parade’s signature floats are marvels of creative design, engineering, and skillful construction. While they may seem to float as three stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide stages, the magic is truly in the design as these floats are built to collapse to no more than 12 ½-feet tall and 8-feet wide in order to travel safely from the New Jersey home of the Parade Studio to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel for the annual celebration.

This year four new floats will debut including Big Turkey Spectacular by Jennie-O (Bebe Rexha), Christmas in Town Square by Lifetime (Tori Kelly), Her Future Is STEM-Sational by Olay (Karol G), and Tom & Jerry’s Tourist Trap by Warner Bros. Pictures.

The returning float roster and its scheduled performers include Blue’s Clues & You! by Nickelodeon (Ally Brooke); The Brick-Changer by The LEGO Group (Sebastián Yatra); Central Park by Delta Air Lines (New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Ashley Bouder); Elf Pets by the Lumistella Company; Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop by Entenmann’s (Sofia Carson); Harvest in the Valley by Green Giant (Brett Young); Heartwarming Holiday Countdown by Hallmark Channel (Pentatonix); Mount Rushmore’s American Pride by South Dakota Department of Tourism (Lauren Alaina); Rexy in the City by COACH (Keke Palmer); Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nickelodeon (CNCO); Santa’s Sleigh (Santa Claus); Splashing Safari Adventure by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions (Jordin Sparks); Tom Turkey; and Toy House of Marvelous Milestones by New York Life (Leslie Odom Jr.).

A Safe Procession

Health and safety continue to be Macy’s number one priority. In partnership with local and state government, the Parade was modified to avoid gathering crowds. In addition, Macy’s put in place robust health measures across all areas of the production. In constant communication with government agency partners, several contingency plans were developed. This allows the production to adjust plans based on the evolving environment and any subsequent restrictions, helping to ensure the health and safety of all involved.

As part of Macy’s comprehensive health and wellness plan, below is a sampling of the current safety procedures and enhancements being implemented. They include, but are not limited to, the following: • The traditional 2.5-mile Parade route will not be utilized this year, the only way to view the celebration is on television.

  • All participants, staff and performers will be tested for COVID-19 and undergo wellness checks prior to their Parade participation
  • All participants will be appropriately socially distanced during staging and performances, and required to wear face coverings; additional personal protective protocols will be implemented based on the participant’s role
  • The overall number of participants have now been reduced by approximately 88%, and split over three days
  • No participant in the Parade is under 18 years of age • The majority of Parade participants hail from the New York tri-state area
  • Previously selected regional High School and College Marching Band performances were deferred to the 2021 Macy’s Parade, with locally based cultural and professional marching and musical ensembles taking over performance duties in the lineup
  • A minute selection of elements will be showcased on television from previous Parade appearances
  • A selection of Macy’s signature giant character balloons will be flown without the traditional 80-100 handlers and instead employ an innovative, specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five specialty vehicles tested and approved by the NYC Department of Transportation and the NYPD
  • Macy’s traditional Giant Balloon Inflation public event in New York City, the evening before Thanksgiving, will not take place

Experience The Magic

For the fifth consecutive year, NBCUniversal and Verizon, are partnering on Verizon Live: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which will be streamed beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET on YouTube.com/Verizon, Twitter @Verizon and select Verizon Media properties, including Yahoo.

The award-winning, Emmy-nominated production, hosted by Mario Lopez, will also bring audiences across the country together through innovative and immersive experiences. For the first time ever, a Parade Portal powered by Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband will be accessible to viewers at home. Watching the livestream from both their 4G or 5G enabled mobile devices, viewers will be transported into the center of the activity in Herald Square with 360-degree views. A QR code will be available within the livestream across all platforms, where viewers can easily scan the code for a second-screen experience.

For the first time in Macy’s Parade broadcast history, in an effort to create a more inclusive experience for blind and visually impaired viewers, NBCUniversal is proud to present the full NBC broadcast with live audio description on the Secondary Audio Program channel (SAP), provided by Descriptive Video Works. This year’s broadcast will be available with additional audio narration, describing the rich visuals of the Parade including the magnificent balloons, floats and performances, to complement the storytelling and celebration that make the Parade an annual Thanksgiving Day tradition for millions of Americans.

For an insider’s look at the holiday procession, fans nationwide should visit macys.com/parade for regular updates including behind-the-scenes previews, special tours, interactive historical information, educational activities, and more. Fans can also follow @macys on various social media networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.

This Thanksgiving, Macy’s will safely bring millions of spectators nationwide a dazzling celebration like no other. Get ready to start the countdown in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … Let’s Have a Parade!

The Boss Baby Takes Flight!

The world’s most famous mini-mogul takes flight this November as The Boss Baby, the title character from the upcoming DreamWorks Animation movie The Boss Baby: Family Business, debuts in the 94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The holidays officially begin on Thursday, November 26, 2020, live from 34th Street, as the annual holiday spectacle rings in the season of joy. While more than 50 million viewers gather at home to watch the celebration unfold on NBC, it will be all business for The Boss Baby, as he transforms into a giant character balloon for his first flight in front of Macy’s famed flagship store at Herald Square in New York City.

“We can’t wait to see The Boss Baby take flight for his first Thanksgiving Day mission bringing smiles to the faces of millions of viewers nationwide,” said Jordan Dabby, producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “Although it’s a holiday, The Boss Baby will be all business, sporting his signature black suit and carrying a briefcase, letting everyone know who’s in charge.”

The Boss Baby is the fifth DreamWorks Animation character balloon to appear in the Parade. Over the years, the Parade has featured balloons from the studio’s Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls franchises. “The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a beloved American tradition and an indelible American treasure, and we are delighted to celebrate it with families across the country again this year,” said David O’Connor, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Franchise Management, Brand Marketing and Partnerships, Universal Pictures. “The Boss Baby knows how to take charge better than anyone, and we can’t wait for families across America and the world to see him rule the New York City skyline on Thanksgiving Day.”

Designed by the artists of Macy’s Parade Studio, the adorable suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying Boss Baby will debut in the Thanksgiving Day celebration transformed into a 32-feet long, 28-feet wide, 48-feet tall giant balloon. With his trademark grin and in-charge attitude, the pint-sized mogul will make a big impression on spectators from coast-to-coast.

The Boss Baby: Family Business, in theaters March 26, 2021, is the sequel to the Oscar-nominated blockbuster comedy that earned more than $500 million worldwide. In this new film, the Templeton brothers —Tim (James Marsden) and Boss Baby Ted (Alec Baldwin)—have become adults and have drifted away from each other. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again … and inspire a new family business. The film also stars Jeff Goldblum, Eva Longoria, Ariana Greenblatt, Amy Sedaris, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow.

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Olay To Debut STEM-Sational New Float!

After announcing a 10-year commitment to double the number of women and triple the number of multicultural women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions through the Face the STEM Gap earlier this year, Olay will further champion the cause this Thanksgiving with an empowering Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float.

The design, created in partnership with Macy’s, features a woman wearing traditional cornrow braids and a space-themed bomber jacket with a patch on the arm, which serves "as a reminder of Olay's continued commitment to get more women into STEM roles," Olay Brand Director Janelle Wichmann tells PEOPLE exclusively.

"We recognize that women only make up 24 percent of the jobs in STEM. Science is so inherent to Olay's DNA, so we really want to help change what the face of STEM looks like. It's part of our 10-year brand mission to solve that STEM gap."

Other elements on the float meant to represent STEM include a double helix, a robotic arm, mathematical symbols and computer coding. The beauty brand's iconic red jar — also a symbol of the research the brand is committed to — also adorns the side of the float.

When the design parades through New York City on Thanksgiving Day, Wichmann says Olay (the first-ever skincare brand to participate in the annual event) hopes girls and young women across America who want to work in STEM will feel "really excited and inspired" to enter male-dominated fields.

The design also showcases Olay's continued push to replace models with role models, much like the woman portrayed in the float: "Olay partners with a lot of really great and fantastic women, and we have through the years," Wichmann explains. "You're seeing more real female scientists and real female engineers from us. We're excited once again to bring this kind of STEM message and ambition to the masses."

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Jennie-O Cooks Up A Stunning Turkey Spectacular!

Jennie-O Turkey Store, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hormel Foods (NYSE: HRL), a global branded food company, will debut a delectable float in the 94th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. During the annual spectacle, the inaugural Jennie-O float will be unveiled to more than 50 million viewers nationwide on Thursday, November 26, live from 34th Street. The addition of the Jennie-O float marks the first time the event and holiday synonymous with turkey will feature a turkey brand.

Since 1940, Jennie-O Turkey Store has helped families across America and in more than 40 countries serve traditional and innovative Thanksgiving meals while creating lasting memories. Now, to mark its 80th anniversary, the brand is celebrating by joining the iconic Parade line-up to make even more memories and entertainment for all.

Jennie-O will also use the new platform to showcase simple and delicious ideas to make turkey an everyday protein choice. This will include highlighting Jennie-O’s high-quality products, cooking solutions, recipes and resources for consumers everywhere to make any meal fun, flavorful and easy.

“The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most iconic and cherished events of the year that coincides with a very important time for our brand,” said Nicole Behne, Vice President Marketing, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc. “In a year when family bonds and giving thanks are more important than ever, no matter where you are, we are thrilled to join the Parade to help create new memories, traditions and entertainment for viewers everywhere.”

“Each year, the Parade team creates new imaginative stages, captivating millions all over the country on Thanksgiving morning,” said Jordan Dabby, producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “Jennie-O, will be the first turkey brand to introduce a float in the Macy’s Parade with the debut of the Big Turkey Spectacular, set to entertain and delight families nationwide as they gather to celebrate the start of the holiday season.”

Additionally, to celebrate and commemorate the occasion, Jennie-O is announcing the launch of a brand-new social media campaign called the “Turkey Day Spectacular Sweepstakes” that will encourage fans to join the fun by creating and sharing their own homemade Parade floats. All designs submitted to the company’s website or Facebook, Instagram or Twitter social channels with the hashtags #MacysParade and #TurkeyDaySpectacular will be entered for a chance to win a trip to experience the Parade in person in 2021. For more details, visit www.jennieo.com.

During the holiday season, Jennie-O will continue offering the 1-800-TURKEYS hotline beginning November 2, 2020, to consumers everywhere for advice on a variety of topics like techniques for cooking a turkey, wine and drink pairings, leftover recipe inspiration, and – most importantly – what it takes to avoid the most common kitchen disasters that can wreak havoc on Thanksgiving Day. Consumers also have the ability to ask their turkey prep questions via live chat at the JENNIE-O® brand website and via mobile device by texting the word “Turkey” to 73876. Additionally, consumers can track their fresh or frozen JENNIE-O® whole turkey back to its originating farm through the JENNIE-O® Turkey Tracker. From calculators that tell the host how much turkey to buy, to full menus for Thanksgiving dinner and inspiring suggestions for preparing tasty leftovers, Jennie-O offers easy solutions for any holiday meal.

Lifetime Spreads Holiday Cheer At The 2020 Macy's Parade!

The nation's leading holiday movie destination with something for everyone, Lifetime continues to make spirits bright with the debut of its first float in the 94th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R). As its new Christmas in Town Square float makes it way live down 34th Street in New York City, millions of Parade viewers from around the country will get their first look at the festive float inspired by the network's popular It's a Wonderful Lifetime holiday movie event, featuring 30 new movies premiering through Christmas.

"We are thrilled to welcome Lifetime to our 94th Parade spectacle," said Jordan Dabby, producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "Our talented and creative Parade Studio team worked hand-in-hand with Lifetime to bring to life this festive new holiday float that will delight millions on Parade morning."

Lifetime's Christmas in Town Square float features a quaint cobblestone main street, charming store fronts, lighted lanterns, twinkling icicle lights, Christmas trees, and lots and lots of snow. Reminiscent of a scene from a holiday movie, the display will transport parade viewers to the romantic setting of so many of their favorite holiday stories. Capping the float is gigantic Christmas ornament which will contain a stage featuring a special performance.

"Lifetime is known for its huge annual celebration of the holidays, our It's a Wonderful Lifetime holiday programming event," said Amy Winter, EVP and Head of Programming, Lifetime and LMN. "Joining the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, an American tradition in its own right, is the perfect way to continue our efforts to spread the joy and happiness of the season."

Beginning October 23, Lifetime's It's a Wonderful Lifetime programming event features 24/7 holiday movies all season long through Christmas. For more information, please visit MyLifetime.com.

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Tom & Jerry Join The Macy's Parade!

On November 26th Macy’s and Warner Bros. team up to bring fans a completely new spectacle of fun and fantasy, as beloved frenemies Tom and Jerry showcase their famous brand of comic chaos with an eye-popping float in the 94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. An American holiday tradition for more than 90 years with more than 50 million fans nationwide, the Parade is fitting partnership for the timeless pop culture icons as Tom and Jerry share in the good wishes of the season and offer fans a taste of what to expect in the big-screen event film “Tom & Jerry,” opening March 5, 2021.

Titled “Tourist Trap,” the hilarious and engaging float features animatronics as well as smoke and other effects to spoof city life by throwing Tom into a series of wild squash-and-stretch sight gags the likes of which have entertained audiences everywhere. Among the indignities Tom endures are run-ins with a steamroller, a truck, a deceptively innocent-looking pretzel stand and a sewer gator. He even inflates like a mini Parade balloon as Jerry, ever the instigator, flies above the pandemonium in a drone helicopter.  The float itself, a casualty of the endless mayhem, will lurch and limp down the Parade route.

The animated/live-action adventure “Tom & Jerry,” starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Rob Delaney, Colin Jost, and Ken Jeong, debuts in theaters on March 5, 2021.

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Red Titan Flies Into The Macy's Parade!

Pocket.watch, the studio behind global franchises from the YouTube stars and characters loved by Generation Alpha, today announced that one of the newest giant character balloons in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be inspired by top YouTube star Ryan of Ryan’s World (40.2 million subscribers). Based on his popular alter ego, “Red Titan”, Ryan will be the first YouTube creator to be featured in the storied celebration’s 94-year history. Red Titan will take flight live from 34th Street, on Thursday Nov. 26, in New York City and will be broadcast on NBC.

“We’re thrilled to make history with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, bringing the most popular kid in the world together with one of the most anticipated holiday events of the year,” said Kerry Tucker, CMO of pocket.watch. “Our goal is to bring kids more of what they love, especially during these challenging times. Kids adore Red Titan so we are proud that he will take his rightful place in the sky in this iconic Parade. Pocket.watch has created a lot of “firsts” for YouTube creators, but this one feels larger than life.”

Red Titan, along with all the characters of Ryan’s World was created by Ryan’s father, Shion and his production company, Sunlight Entertainment.

“We are thrilled to welcome Red Titan to the Macy’s Parade balloon lineup this year,” said Jordan Dabby, producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “The giant balloons in the Macy’s Parade have always featured the most recognized characters in the world, and with the reach of Ryan’s World on YouTube, we are sure that millions of viewers will be delighted to see Red Titan fly this Thanksgiving.”

Designed by the artists of Macy’s Parade Studio, the masked Red Titan balloon will debut in the Thanksgiving Day celebration transformed into a 51-feet long, 28-feet wide, 42-feet tall giant balloon. The news was unveiled on the Ryan's World YouTube channel to over 40 million subscribers and includes behind-the-scenes videos of the making of the Red Titan balloon

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An Insider's Look

Macy's wanted to give you a peek behind the curtain and show you exactly what goes into putting on the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Hint: it takes a whole year!). Learn the ins and outs of the Macy's Parade Studio located in Moonachie, New Jersey, and meet the people who bring the event to life!

The Road to 34th Street

Get an inside look from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Executive Producer, Susan Tercero, who explains how the balloon concepts go from sketch to 3D models, how the floats are engineered to travel to the Parade route and so much more. Plus, there’s tons of glitter! Check out Macy's video series to see what goes on behind the scenes.

A Yayoi Kusama Creation - Love Is The Message

After not being able to debut in the 2019 Parade, one of the world’s most renowned female contemporary artists will take her iconic art to new heights as “Love Flies Up to the Sky” by Yayoi Kusama joins the Parade this year. Under Kusama’s exacting guidance, the piece was transformed into high-flying balloon art by Macy’s Parade Studio pros.

Parade 101

The Macy's Parade Studio team shows how they incorporate science, technology, engineering, art & math concepts to create a magical experience for millions to enjoy!

The Balloon Team that creates the larger-than-life character balloons for the Macy's Parade shows you there is more than one way to inflate a balloon! At the amazing Macy’s Parade Studio, Matt, Brian and Tina demonstrate fun inflation experiments that you can do at home.

Learn how to build fabulous floats, like the ones in the Macy's Parade, with materials you have at home! In the amazing Carpentry Area of the spectacular Macy’s Parade Studio, experts Lenny and Brett show you how to get your float moving and create anything you can imagine.

Artists Joey and Lauryn have really fun jobs, they design the larger-than-life balloons in the Macy's Parade! In the remarkable Design Department at the incredible Macy’s Parade Studio, they will teach you the fundamentals you need to design your own gigantic balloon.

Get a glimpse at how the movable art on the show-stopping floats in the Macy's Parade is made. In the spectacular Sculpture Area of the famous Macy’s Parade Studio, experts Cameron and John show you how to create sculptures using moldable material you can make at home.

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