The Springtime Clowns, formerly known as the Flower Pots and Bees, are a group of clowns in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
History with the Macy's Parade
The Springtime Clowns made their Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debut in the 2003 Parade, escorting the new Wiggle Worm novelty balloon en route to 34th Street. The elaborate group featured an array of spring life with potted plants blooming to life and bees buzzing and bumbling their way to Macy's.
The clown group became frequent Parade participants, often seen travelling the Parade route with the Rocking Tortoise toy float and the Wompkee walk-around character. In 2009, garden gnomes with potted plant hats and green thumbs joined the season-of-renewal funny folks.
In 2019, the float escorts from the recently-retired King's Hawaiian float were added to the Springtime Clowns group, providing a tropical array of palm trees and lush flowers. Stilt walkers of Hibiscus were also added to the group.
The Springtime Clowns were set to make their mask-clad 17th Parade appearance in the reimagined 2020 Parade. However, rising COVID-19 cases in New York City throughout the fall of 2020 caused many Parade elements to be pulled from the lineup in the weeks leading up to the Parade, including the Springtime Clowns.
The clown group will bloom to life for the crowd once again as they return to the lineup for the 2021 Macy's Parade.