The 46th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held on November 23, 1972, in New York City and shown to viewers live on NBC that same day from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. It was hosted by Lorne Greene, Betty White, Joe Garagiola, & Phyllis George. Participating celebrities included Tommy Cash, Donna Fargo, Rick Springfield, Robert Horton, John Raitt, and Karen Wyman.



Specialty Units

Toy Floats

Guest Stars

  • John Raitt (Broadway Belle Showboat)
  • Tommy Cash (Rocking Giraffe)
  • Danny Bonaduce (Doodlebug)
  • Freda Payne; sang "Band of Gold(Snail)
  • Donna Fargo (Alphabet Blocks)
  • Jody Miller; sang "Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming(The Woman in the Shoe)
  • Robert Horton (Windmill)
  • Rick Springfield (Captain Hook's Pirate Ship)
  • Karen Wyman (Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach)
  • Bill Anderson; sang "Unicorn(Rocking Unicorn)

Performance Groups

  • Today's Children
  • The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes
  • The Dance Theater of Harlem

Walk-Around Characters

  • Goofy, Pluto, and Dumbo the Elephant (The Disney Wagon)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Smee, and Tinker Bell (Captain Hook's Pirate Ship)
  • Mickey Mouse, and the Country Bear Jamboree (Walt Disney World)

Marching Bands

  • Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps; performed "Everybody's Everything" (Hawthorne, New Jersey)
  • Huntington Thunderers (Huntington, New York)
  • New York Police Department Emerald Society Pipe Band (New York City, New York)
  • Dover High School Marching Tornado Band (Dover, Ohio)
  • Western High School Marching Pioneers and Drill Team (Davie, Florida)
  • Kokomo High School Wildkat Marching Band (Kokomo, Indiana)
  • Plymouth Whitemarsh Marching Colonials (Plymouth, Pennsylvania)
  • Cardinal Dougherty High School Band (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • McDonald's All-American Marching Band (Nationwide)
  • Palmyra String Band (Berlin, New Jersey)
  • The Valley Stream South High School Color Guard (Valley Stream, New York)
  • Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (Racine, Wisconsin)
  • Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band (Evanston, Illinois)

Pre Parade Acts

  • Renee Stuedemann
  • Cathy Rigby
  • The West Point Glee Club
  • Westchester High School Wranglerettes
  • Disney On Parade


1972 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade/Gallery

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