The 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held on November 28th, 2013, in New York City and shown to viewers on NBC that same day at 9 a.m. It was hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Al Roker. Participating celebrities included Brett Eldredge, Richard Simmons, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth and Gavin DeGraw.

Parade Lineup

Listed below are the various Parade units that appeared in the 2013 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


  • Pilgrim Man and Pilgrim Woman - 9th time
  • The Founding Fathers (Retired) - 9th and last time
  • Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and The Wicked Witch of the West - 1st time




Toy Floats

Clown Cars

  • Turkey Produce Truck
  • School Bus
  • Viking Confetti Pult
  • Firetruck

Specialty Units

  • NYPD Motorcycle Brigade
  • FIRST Team Members with Robots
  • "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" Banner - 2nd time (Macy's)
  • Planters' NUTmobile - 3rd time (Planters)
  • 1903 Circus Wagon with 4 horses (Big Apple Circus)
  • Calliope Wagon with 2 horses (Big Apple Circus)
  • Big Red Shoe Car - 14th time (McDonald's)
  • NYC Parks Mounted Unit
  • "All the World Loves a Parade" Banner (Macy's)
  • NYPD Mounted Unit
  • Macy's Vintage REO Truck (Macy's)

Guest Stars

  • Sandra Lee
  • Gavin DeGraw
  • Sprout's Chica and her Co-Hosts
  • Kellie Pickler
  • The Cast and Muppets of Sesame Street with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots
  • Fifth Harmony
  • Cher Lloyd
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Richard Simmons
  • Native Pride Arts
  • Tituss Burgess and Beverly Staunton
  • The Cast of Duck Dynasty
  • Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri
  • The Summer Set
  • Debby Ryan
  • Kristen Chenoweth
  • The Cast of Cirque du Soleil
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • NFL legends Joe Namath, Bart Oates, Amani Toomer, and Hines Ward 
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Gru and The Minions
  • Austin Mahone
  • Mannheim Steamroler
  • Brett Eldredge
  • Cherokee National Youth Choir
  • Ariana Grande
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
  • Clumsy Smurf, Smurfette and Papa Smurf
  • Megan Hilty
  • Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus

Performance Groups

  • Spirit of America Dance
  • All That!
  • J.U.M.P.
  • Varsity Spirit Cheer
  • South Shore Drill Team

Broadway Musicals

  • Kinky Boots
  • Matilda the Musical
  • Motown the Musical
  • Pippin

Marching Bands

  • James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes (Harrisonburg, Virginia)
  • Lakota West High School Marching Band (West Chester, Ohio)
  • Concord High School Marching Minutemen (Elkhart, Indiana)
  • Union High School Renegade Regiment (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
  • United States Marine Corps Band
  • Tarpon Springs High School Marching Band (Tarpon Springs, Florida)
  • Ooltawah High School Marching Band (Ooltawah, Tennessee)
  • NYPD Marching Band (New York City, New York)
  • University of Massachusetts Marching Band (Amherst, Massachusetts)
  • Mountain View High School Toro Marching Band (Mesa, Arizona)
  • Marian Catholic High School Marching Band (Chicago Heights, Illinois)
  • Macy's Great American Marching Band



Gallery: 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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