The 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held on November 22nd, 2012, 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 Savannah Guthrie (who had taken over the roll from Ann Curry), Matt Lauer, and Al Roker. Participating celebrities included Don McLean, Jimmy Falloon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Trace Adkins, Chris Issak and Whoopi Goldberg.

Parade Lineup

Listed below are the various Parade units that appeared in the 2012 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.


Giant Balloons

Novelty Balloons





Toy Floats

Clown Cars

  • Turkey Produce
  • Firetruck
  • Ambulance
  • School Bus Mini Car

Marching Bands

  • North Carolina A&T State University Marching Band
  • Niceville High School Eagle Pride Marching Band
  • Kenton Ridge High School Marching Cougar Band
  • Banda Musical Delfines
  • The United States Air Force Band and Honor Guard
  • Father Ryan Marching Band
  • Saratoga High School Marching Band & Color Guard
  • NYPD Marching Band
  • Macy's Great American Marching Band
  • Wyoming High School All-State Marching Band
  • The Pride of Acadiana Marching Band
  • Oak Ridge High School War Eagle Band

Guest Stars

  • Chris Issak
  • Geoffry Zakarian
  • Robin Hall
  • Carly Rae Jepsen
  • The Cast and Muppets of Sesame Street
  • Jimmy Falloon & The Roots
  • Thirza Defoe
  • Miss America 2012 Olivia Culpo
  • Don McLean
  • PS22 Chorus
  • Power Rangers Megaforce
  • The Wanted
  • Neon Trees
  • Kidz Bop
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Clumsy Smurf, Papa Smurf & Smurfette
  • Flo Rida
  • Sprout's Sunny Side Up Show Cast
  • Macy's Parade Bears
  • Megan & Liz
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Christian Laettner & David Thompson
  • US Women's Gymnastics Team "The Fierce Five"
  • Ronald McDonald & The McKids
  • Colbie Callait & Sandra Lee
  • Rachel Crow
  • Trace Adkins
  • Cody Simpson
  • Jenette McCurdy
  • Mannheim Steamroller
  • Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus

Costumed Characters

  • Snoopy, Lucy & Linus
  • Turkey Tech Mascot
  • Wompkee
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Clumsy Smurf, Papa Smurf & Smurfette
  • Dora the Explorer and Boots

Performance Groups

  • Texas State University Strutters
  • Native American Ensemble
  • Spangles Dance Company
  • Spirit of America Dance Stars
  • Fred Hill Briefcase Drill Team
  • King Charles Unicycle Team
  • Tap-Dancing Christmas Trees
  • Stagedoor Manor
  • Varsity Spirit Cheer

Specialty Units

  • NYPD Motorcycle Brigade
  • The Girl Scouts of Greater New York
  • "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" Banner - 1st time
  • NYPD Mounted Unit
  • NY Parks Department Mounted Unit
  • 1903 "United States" Circus Wagon with 4 horses
  • Calliope Wagon with 2 horses
  • "All the World Loves a Parade" Banner - 1st time
  • Big Red Shoe Car - 13th time (McDonald's)
  • Planters' NUTmobile - 2nd time (Planters)
  • Macy's REO Truck

Broadway Musicals

  • Annie
  • Bring It On
  • Elf: The Musical
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella


Stilt Walkers

  • Celebration Clowns
  • Turkeys
  • Toucan
  • Zebra
  • Parrot
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Holiday Clowns
  • Apple
  • Pencils
  • Candy Canes
  • Toy Soldier


Gallery: 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


  • This is the first year to make use of the current Parade Route, now going through 6th Avenue.
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