The figure of Mother Goose is the imaginary and fictional author of a collection of French fairy tales and later of English nursery rhymes. As a character, she appeared in a song, the first stanza of which often functions now as a nursery rhyme.  This, however, was dependent on a Christmas pantomime, a successor to which is still performed in the United Kingdom.

The term's appearance in English dates back to the early 18th century, when Charles Perrault's fairy tale collection, Contes de ma Mère l'Oye, was first translated into English as Tales of My Mother Goose. Later a compilation of English nursery rhymes, titled Mother Goose's Melody, or, Sonnets for the Cradle, helped perpetuate the name both in Britain and the United States.

History with the Macy's Parade

Mother Goose (1958)

Mother Goose made her Parade debut in 1958. The float would make appearances until 1961. She returned in 1964 and was once again retired after 1967.

Mother Goose (1973)

The second Mother Goose float debuted in 1973. The float was retired in 1974, She returned in 1976 and was once again retired after 1981. The float returned in 1986 but was retired after the 1990 parade

Story Time (2006)

A new Mother Goose float once again debuted in 2006, this time, it featured a massive sculpture of Mother Goose leaping off the pages of classic fairy tales. On the top of the Goose's head, a crown doubles as a nest for her children, with a throne on her back, making room for the guest star. At the rear of the float, a book titled "Storytime" makes room for a guest star as well. The float only appeared in the 2006 Macy's Parade but was later moved to Universal Studios Flordia, where it remained until 2014.

Guest Stars

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

Mother Goose (1958)

  • 1958 - Dolores Hart
  • 1959 - Pat Carroll
  • 1961 - Martha Wright
  • 1966 - Teresa Brewer; sang "Jingle Bell Rock"
  • 1967 - Dionne Warwick

Mother Goose (1973)

  • 1979 - The Harlem Children's Theatre
  • 1981 - Nell Carter; sang "Cash for Your Trash"
  • 1986 - Phyllis Diller
  • 1987-1988 - Dr. Joyce Brothers
  • 1989 -Buddy Hackett
  • 1990 - Dr. Joyce Brothers

Story Time (2006)

  • 2006 - Julie Andrews; sang "The Show must Go on"

Gallery

Mother Goose/Gallery

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