Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012 – Bringing Light To Our City After The Storm

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November 22, 2012

The 86th Macy’s Parade will kick-off the holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m.  One of the nation’s most viewed events, millions tune-in every year to watch the broadcast of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC.  This year, “Today Show’s” Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie will anchor the three-hour broadcast from 9 a.m. to Noon; in all time zones. Radio coverage will be provided by WINS (1010).

European Tradition To American Culture
The Macy’s Parade has marked the start of the holiday season since its inception in 1924.  In the 1920s, many employees of Macy’s department store were children of immigrants. With pride in their new American heritage, they wanted to celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving with a festival like those their families had loved in Europe.  After being featured in the 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street, the parade became a permanent part of American culture.

Macy’s Day Parade 2012
On Thanksgiving Day more than 3 million spectators will gather along the parade route to watch this brilliantly creative moving show as it lights up the city streets and the air above with giant balloons, huge floats beloved characters, music and dance, laughter and fun.  This year’s parade will feature 16 giant character balloons; 40 novelty/ornament balloons, 28 floats; 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers; 900 clowns; 11 of the most remarkable high school, college and professional marching bands in the nation, a host of celebrity performers and of course Santa Claus as he makes his yearly appearance.

Parade Route
This year marks the seventh time the Parade has changed its route. Stepping-off at 77th Street and Central Park West, the Parade will travel down to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and following its new route, march down Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. The Parade will make its final turn west at 34th street and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

The Stars Lineup
Star performers from music, film, sports, theatre and television will join the festivities. The world-famous Radio City Rockettes® will join the presentation as they have every year since 1957. Adding to the Parade’s entertainment extravaganza will be performances from top Broadway musicals including Annie, Bring It On, Rodger + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Elf, and Nice Work If You Can Get It.

The Parade’s signature floats will set the scene for these performances with six new landscapes -  Daytime, Play Time, Night Time Too …; Goldfish® on Parade; Music is Our Life; 75 Years of March Madness®; Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations; and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Returning floats include, 1-2-3 Sesame Street; Big Apple; Bridge To The Future; Jolly Polly Pirate Ship; Santa’s Sleigh; The Smurfs; Snoopy’s Doghouse; True Spirit of Thanksgiving; Uncle Sam’s Top Hat; Winter Wonderland In Central Park.

Snoopy returns for Thanksgiving!

The airborne contingent In this years parade presents for the first time in helium Santa’s favorite, The Elf on the Shelf®, Hello Kitty© aboard her fabulous airplane, and Papa Smurf. Returning favorites including Buzz Lightyear, Charlie Brown, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Julius, Kermit the Frog, Kung Fu Panda™, Pikachu, Pillsbury Doughboy®, Ronald McDonald®, Sailor Mickey, Sonic the Hedgehog™,  and Spider-Man®



The tradition continues.  New Yorkers and the entire Nation will again welcome the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and its infusion of spirit and joy.  Said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: “As it has during turbulent times in our history, we hope the Macy’s Parade serves as a beacon of hope and renewal for all Americans who will gather with friends and family to give thanks this season and begin to heal from the devastating aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.”

A Gift Of Cheer To Those Hardest Hit
To add to this hopeful message, Macy’s and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have announced that 5,000 tickets for seats on bleachers along the parade route will be donated to families most affected by the storm.  Ticket distribution will be coordinated by local elected officials who represent the neighborhoods that were hardest hit.  Transportation to and from the parade will be provided by Macy’s.

For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, please visit or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495.

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