The Rocking Lion is a toy float from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and is one of the oldest elements still used in the Parade.

History with the Macy's Parade

The Rocking Lion made its Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debut in 1979. The miniature float is said spin on the classic Rocking Horse float, now in the form of a ferocious and fierce circus lion. The Rocking Lion continued to appear from the 1980's through the 2000's, before being temporarily retired after the 2013 Parade.

The Rocking Lion float made a return appearance for the 2019 Parade, now appearing alongside the Big Apple Circus and the Circus Clowns and receiving a roaring round of applause from spectators.


  • The 98-inch tall Rocking Lion is approximately 2-3 time the size of a real-life lion.
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