South Dakota is a U.S. state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native Americantribes, who compose a large portion of the population and historically dominated the territory. South Dakota is the seventeenth largest by area, but the fifth smallest by population and the 5th least densely populated of the 50 United States. As the southern part of the former Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889, simultaneously with North Dakota. Pierre is the state capital and Sioux Falls, with a population of about 183,200, is South Dakota's largest city.

History with the Macy's Parade

In 2010, Macy's teamed up with the South Dakota Department of Tourism to help create an all-new float, making it the first American state to sponsor a float in the Parade. The float features the likenesses of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park and the Black Hills National Forest. Majestic rivers, beautiful pine forests, ancient dinosaur fossils and South Dakota wildlife share the landscape with a towering depiction of the four famous faces. The float still appears as of 2018.


Below, you will find a list of every performer/celebrity that has performed/appeared on the float.

  • 2010 - Mannheim Steamroller
  • 2011 - Neil Diamond
  • 2012 - Don Mclean
  • 2013 - The Summer Set
  • 2015 - MercyMe
  • 2016 - Ben Rector
  • 2017 - Smokey Robinson
  • 2018 - Kane Brown