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

The 72nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held on November 26th, 1998 in New York City, and shown to viewers live on NBC that same day from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. EST. It was hosted by Katie Couric, Matt Lauer and Al Roker. Participating celebrities included Judy Collins, Martina McBride, Chicago, Kenny Rogers, 98 Degrees and *NSYNC.

Parade Lineup

Listed below are the various Parade units that appeared in the 1998 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, and italics indicate an element that was removed from the line of march.


Giant Balloons

  • Big Bird (Children's Television Workshop) - 11th time
  • Babe* (Universal Pictures) - 1st time
  • Barney (Lyrick Studios) - 5th time
  • Garfield (PAWS, Inc.) - 13th time
  • Wild Thing (Bell Atlantic) - 1st time
  • Arthur (Little Brown Children's Publishing) - 2nd time
  • Peter Rabbit* (Frederick Ward & Co.) - 3rd time
  • Spider-Man* (Marvel Comics) - 12th time
  • Rugrats (Nickelodeon) - 2nd time
  • Dexter (Cartoon Network) - 1st time
  • Quik Bunny (Nestlé USA) - 11th time
  • Eben Bear* (John Deere) - 4th time

Novelty Balloons


Specialty Units

Toy Floats

Marching Bands

  • Franklin High School Marching Band (Franklin, TN), performed "76 Trombones"
  • Fayetteville High School Marching Bulldog Band (Fayetteville, AR), performed "Give My Regards to Broadway"
  • Walton High School Marching Raider Band (Marietta, GA), performed "Rocket Man"
  • Banda Escolar de Guayanilla (Guyanilla, Peurto Rico), performed "Chips N' Salsa"
  • Kilgore College Band and Rangerettes (Kilgore, TX), performed "Texas Medley"
  • West High School Entertainment Unit (Torrance, CA), performed "Hooray for Hollywood"
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy Marching Band (Kings Point, NY)
  • NYPD Marching Band (New York, NY), performed "42nd Street"
  • Brandon Valley High School Marching Lynx (Brandon, SD), performed "West Side Story Medley"
  • Arapahoe High School Warrior Marching Band (Littleton, CO), performed "Star Trek Voyage"
  • Red Land High School Patriot Marching Band (Lewisberry, PA), performed "NY Traffic Stop"
  • Illinois State University Big Red Marching Machine (Normal, IL), performed "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"

Guest Stars

  • Parade Official Jean McFaddin
  • Martina McBride, sang "Happy Girl" (Tom Turkey)
  • The Stars of Sesame Street, sang "Sing" (Sesame Street)
  • Eric McCormick and Debra Messing (Cornucopia)
  • Christiane Noll, sang "Getting to Know You" (The King & I)
  • Barney, sang "If All the Raindrops" (Barney's Gingerbread House)
  • John McDonough, The All New Captain Kangaroo (The Magical World of Mother Goose)
  • 98°, sang "Because Of You" (Mr. Peanut's Circus)
  • Rockapella, sang "Wake Up" (Rip Van Winkle Wakin' Up)
  • Judy Collins, sang "The Fallow Way" (Soaring Spirit Canoe)
  • Cathy Rigby, sang "I Gotta Crow" (Peter Pan's Pirate Ship)
  • *NSYNC, sang "Tearin' Up My Heart" (M&M's Network)
  • Jo Dee Messina, sang "I'm Alright" (Westward Ho!)
  • Flik & Atta and The Cast of A Bug's Life, performed "The Flik Machine" (P.T. Flea's Circus)
  • Kenny Rogers, sang "Heroes" (Statue of Liberty)
  • The Toms River, NJ Little League '98 World Champions (Statue of Liberty)
  • Joe Torre, Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez and Graeme Llyod (Big Apple)
  • Monica, sang "Angel of Mine" (Party Time!)
  • Taikoza Taiko Drummers and the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York (Flights of Fancy)
  • Chicago, sang "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Santaland Express)
  • The Cast of The New Addams Family, sang "Ring-A-Ding-Ding" (Snow Family Holiday)
  • The Pointer Sisters, performed "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
  • Kevin Sharp, performed "If You Believe" (Annabelle's Wish)
  • Santa Claus (Santa's Sleigh)

Celebrity Characters

Performance Groups

  • Funny Factory Clown Band (Colts Neck, NJ)
  • Field Musick of the American Revolution (Nationwide), performed "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
  • Black Cowboys Association of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Universal Cheer & Dance Association (Nationwide)
  • Mike Miller Dance Team (Nationwide), performed "Salute to the Millennium"

Pre-Parade Acts

  • America Sings!, performed "Big City Beat"
  • Footloose, performed "Footloose"
  • Cabaret, performed "Cabaret"
  • The Scarlett Pimpernel, performed "Into the Fire"
  • The Radio City Rockettes
  • Annie Get Your Gun, performed "There's No Business Like Show Business"


Clown Vehicles


  • The Blue Geometric Ornament balloon was punctured by an unknown obstacle the night before the Parade and was removed.
  • A chamber inside burst on the Garfield balloon at 77th Street. Due to the damages, the balloon was taken out of the parade lineup.
  • Spider-Man's stomach tore open and
  • A lack of handlers on the Quik Bunny balloon caused it to go out of control, eventually being punctured and deflated by a tree.
  • A gust of wind pushed Wild Thing into a lamppost on 77th Street, tearing a 10-foot long gash in its left side. The damage was deemed to extensive and the balloon was removed from the lineup.
  • Dexter's right rocket was deflated during his debut march.

See also