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The New York Daily News, officially titled Daily News, is an American newspaper based in New York City. As of May 2016, it was the ninth-most widely circulated daily newspaper in the United States. It was founded in 1919 and was the first U.S. daily printed in tabloid format. Since 2017, it has been owned by the news publishing company, Tribune Publishing Inc.

History with the Macy's Parade[]

The New York Daily News made their parade debut in 1977, with a float entitled the "Big Apple". It featured many skyscrapers surrounding an enormous apple, with the celebrity or performer usually standing atop the apple. After the float was completed at the Parade Studio, it was transferred to the Hart Scenic Studio where the model of Manhattan was built. This float was retired after the 1981 Parade.

For the 1982 parade, a brand new Big Apple float would be introduced to the parade, now with a much more updated and grander appearance. Recycled from the original float, the main feature of the float was a giant replica of the Brooklyn Bridge, with skyscrapers and trees.

After a brief retirement in 1990, the float would return in 1991, where the float became one of the longest-running floats in the parade, alongside Tom Turkey and Santa's Sleigh. It was once again retired following the 1999 parade, but would see another return in 2001, where it was stayed until after the 2003 Parade, making a grand total of 20 appearances.

After skipping the 2004 parade, a new Big Apple float was commisioned to appear in the 2005 parade, this time depicting a 30-foot inflatable Apple towering over famous New York landmarks such as the Lincoln Tunnel, the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State building, and, of course, Macy's flagship department store. This float once again became a parade staple, having many continuous appearances up until 2017, when it was retired, making a total of 13 appearances. The float would be disposed of in 2021.

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.

Big Apple (1977)[]

Big Apple (1982)[]

  • 1982 - Sammy Davis Jr.; sang "The Candy Man"
  • 1983 - Vanessa Williams; sang "New York New York"
  • 1984 - Placido Domingo, sang "White Christmas"
  • 1985 - Philip Michael Thomas, sang "Just the Way I Planned It"
  • 1986 - Lee Mazzilli & Mookie Wilson
  • 1988 - The Four Tops, sang "Indestructable"
  • 1989 - The New Kids on the Block; sang "This One's for the Children"
  • 1993 - '69 Miracle Mets, sang "You Gotta Have Heart"
  • 1994 - WWF's New Generation Superstars
  • 1995 - Jon Secada, sang "Entre Cuatro Paredes"
  • 1996 - 1996 World Champion New York Yankees
  • 1997 - Kym Hampton and Teresa Weatherspoon
  • 1998 - Joe Torre, Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez and Graeme Llyod
  • 1999 - Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Joe Torre
  • 2001 - September 11th Heroes and Mayor Rudy Giuliani
  • 2001 - Daniel Rodriguez, sang "The Star Spangled Banner"
  • 2002 - Natural, sang "Put Your Arms Around Me"
  • 2003 - Miss USA 2003 Susie Castillo and Bernie Williams

Big Apple (2005)[]

  • 2005 - The Krewe of Orpheus with NYPD and FDNY Katrina Relief Workers, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, performed "Go to the Mardi Gras"
  • 2006 - Daryl Hall & John Oates, sang "Home for Christmas"
  • 2007 - Menudo, sang "More Than Words"
  • 2008 - Ashanti, sang "Shine"
  • 2009 - Cheyenne Jackson, sang "Play to Win"
  • 2010 - Kanye West, performed "Lost In The World"
  • 2011 - Mary J. Blige, sang "25/8"
  • 2012 - Flo Rida, sang "I Cry"
  • 2013 - NFL Legends Joe Namath, Bart Oates, Amani Toomer, and Hines Ward with NFL Play 60
  • 2014 - Romeo Santos, sang "Eres Mía"
  • 2015 - Prince Royce, sang "Stuck on a Feeling"
  • 2016 - De La Soul, performed "Me Myself and I"
  • 2017 - Bebe Rexha, sang "Meant to Be"

See also[]