Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Wiki
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Wiki

The 59th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held on November 28th, 1985 in New York City, and shown to viewers live on NBC that same day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. It was hosted by Pat Sajak, Bert Convy and Phylicia Ayers-Allen. Participating celebrities included Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Peter Marx, Lee Greenwood and Daniel Jenkins.

Parade Lineup

Listed below are the various Parade units that appeared in the 1985 line of march. Each unit is listed in several categories and sub-categories, in addition to the unit's sponsor

Bold indicates a new Parade unit,* indicates a retired Parade unit, underline signifies an element that returned to the lineup after an absence and strikethrough indicates a Parade unit that was removed from the Parade.


Giant Balloons

Novelty Balloons


Specialty Units

Toy Floats

Marching Band

  • Concord Community High School Marching Minutemen (Elkhart, IN)
  • Wheeler High School Wildcat Pride Marching Band (Marietta, GA)
  • Lake Howell High School Silver Regiment (Winter Park, FL)
  • Oak Grove High School Marching Band (San Jose, CA)
  • Corning-Painted Post West High School Viking Marching Band (Corning, NY)
  • W.T White High School Longhorn Marching Band (Dallas, TX)
  • Indian Hill High School Marching Band (Cincinnati, OH)
  • McDonald's All-American High School Band (Nationwide)
  • Toms River High School East Marching Raiders (Toms River, NJ)
  • Northern Lebanon High School Band (Fredericksburg, PA)
  • Boston University Marching Band (Boston, MA)

Guest Stars

  • Parade Official Jean McFaddin
  • Janie Fricke, sang "If the Fall Don't Get You" (Turkey)
  • Woody Herman and the Young Thundering Herd, performed "Apple Honey" (Monopoly Game Train)
  • Miss America 1986 Susan Akin, sang "Nobody Cares Like A Bear" (Care Bears)
  • Stars of "Big River", sang "Muddy Water" (Showboat)
  • Betty Thomas (Great American Dog)
  • New Edition and Tada!, sang "A Little Bit Of Love" (Robotman & Friends)
  • Philip Michael Thomas, sang "Just the Way I Planned It" (Big Apple)
  • James Coco, sang "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" (Airplane)
  • Lee Greenwood, sang "God Bless The U.S.A." (Salute to the Statue of Liberty)
  • Allison Smith, Brian Bloom and Frederick Koehler, sang "Welcome Christmas" (Cabbage Patch Kids)
  • Tony Bennett, sang "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" (Trolley Express)
  • Steven Furst, sang "Sing" (Rocking Lobster)
  • Disney Characters (Disney's Celebration)
  • Rue McClanahan and William Daniels (Cinderella)
  • Shannon, sang "Let the Music Play" (Rocking Horse)
  • A Show of Hands, USA, performed "Rainbow Brite and Me" (Rainbow Brite)
  • Phylicia Ayers-Allen, sang "When There's Love" (Doodlebug)
  • The Cosby Show Kids (Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale Wagon)
  • Rosemary Clooney, sang "White Christmas" (Christmas Wagon)
  • Santa Claus (Santa's Sleigh)

Specialty Characters


  • This would be a memorable Thanksgiving Day for Phylicia Ayers-Allen, as shortly after the parade's conclusion; NBC sportscaster Ahmad Rashad, covering the Thanksgiving Day game between the Detroit Lions and New York Jets for NBC's "NFL '85" pregame show, proposed at the end of Rashad's pregame report.


  • Aviator Snoopy's Christmas list fell off the balloon after arriving on 34th Street.
  • Kermit the Frog's stomach was torn by trees along Central Park West. Although the balloon remained in the lineup, it was flown very close to the ground due to the loss of helium.
  • Olive Oyl and Superman suffered damages before the Parade began and were unable to be repaired in time.
  • Woody Woodpecker tore a hole in his coxcomb the night before the parade, but the hole was repaired in time. His legs, however, deflated during march.

See also


  1. The 1985 Macy's Parade marked the Aviator Snoopy balloon's first apperance since 1982.