Peeps are marshmallow candies sold in the United States and Canada that are shaped into chicks, bunnies, and other animals. There are also different shapes used for various holidays. Peeps are used primarily to fill Easter baskets, though recently advertising campaigns market the candy as "Peeps - Always in Season", as Peeps has since expanded to include Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day; since 2014 it has been available year-round with the introduction of Peeps Minis. They are made from sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, and various food dyes.
History with the Macy's Parade
The Peeps float made their Parade debut in 2003, to help celebrate their on-going celebration of 50 years. The float was recycled from the Annabelle's Wish float from 1997. The two-story-tall float featured an old-fashioned wooden chicken coop, with new marshmallow chicks awakening to the sounds of bluegrass while greeting the dawn of a new day. It also featured a walk-around Peeps mascot.
Escorting the float are various farmers and turkeys, which would be later re-purposed as the Funny Farm Clowns, who still make appearances in the Parade as of 2019. Although the float itself only appeared in the 2003 Parade, it would later be recycled for a presence at the 2005 Macy's Flower Show. The float was disposed of afterwards, due to the limited space in the Float Warehouse.
Below, you will find a list of every performer/celebrity that has performed/appeared on the float.
- 2003 - Old Crow Medicine Show; performed "Hard to Love"