The 79th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held on November 24th, 2005, in New York City, and shown to viewers live on NBC that same day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. It was hosted by Katie Couric, Matt Lauer and Al Roker. Participating celebrities included The Beach Boys, Carrie Underwood, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Coolidge and Michael Feinstein.

Parade Lineup

Listed below are the various Parade units that appeared in the 2005 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, and * indicates a retired Parade unit.


Giant Balloons

Novelty Balloons




Marching Bands

  • Ohio University Marching 110, performed "Red Light"
  • Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment Marching Band, performed "Hacha Doble"
  • Hawaii All-State Marching Band, performed "Pate Pate"
  • Pocono Mountain East High School Marching Band, performed "Defying Gravity"
  • John B. Alexander High School Mighty Bulldog Band
  • NYPD Marching Band, performed "Birdland"
  • The "Pride of Arizona" Marching Band
  • The Brooklyn "Steppers" Marching Band
  • The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corp
  • Kennesaw Mountain High School Marching Band
  • Crestview High School Marching Band
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