The Silly Seaside Clowns are a group of clowns from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
History with the Macy's Parade
The Silly Seaside Clowns made their debut in the 2005 Macy's Parade, reusing costumes from the Bathtub and Bathing Beauties clown group. The first iteration of the unit featured a tidal wave of coastal clowns with inflatable pool toys, parasols and umbrella hats, who were ready for a fun-filled day at the beach.
Over the years, float escort costumes would be added to the group from an array of floats. In 2006, sea horses, sea turtles and starfish (all originating from the Dixie Georgia-Pacific float) joined the oceanic oddities, and in 2015 angel fish, jellyfish and a pair of sea anemone stilt walkers were taken from the SeaWorld float. Recent additions to the group include sharks from the Pirate's Booty float, and palm trees from the King's Hawaiian float.
The Silly Seaside Clowns were scheduled to don masks and make a special appearance at the reimagined 2020 Parade. However, as COVID-19 cases rose throughout New York City in the weeks leading up to the Parade, a reduction of participants was made and several elements were pulled from the line of march, including the Silly Seaside Clowns.
The group returned to the lineup for the 2021 Macy's Parade, composed of Bathing Beauties, palm trees, starfish and sharks.
- Rub-A-Dub-Dub Bathtub, a clown vehicle that appeared with the group in 2006.