Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: NYC Kids Preview Floats

November 13, 2018 - 4:18 pm
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MOONACHIE, N.J. (WBCS 880) — In just a few days, it will be time from turkey, football and the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The 92nd annual parade is getting ready to dazzle New York City once again, and WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond was able to get a preview of the floats, along with third graders from Saint Ignatius Loyola School in Manhattan

The children got a behind-the-scenes look at the floats for this year and picked out their favorites.

“The one with the doggy and the Christmas tree,” one said, because she “loves doggies.”

“I like the Kinder float” said another student, “cause I really like chocolate.” He added that he also loved “the turkey,” referring to Tom Turkey, the oldest float in the parade.

Though, Tom will look slightly different on Nov. 22 – he’s been given a makeover, which includes new plumage and tons of glitter, according to production vice president John Piper.

“We’ll bring the entire float down the parade route with showgirls, with cheerleaders, with confetti and with pyrotechnics,” Piper excitedly explained.

The famed Macy’s balloons took a test flight over New Jersey last week to ensure they were ready to march down Sixth Avenue next Thursday.

The parade, which is expected to draw millions of spectators, begins at 77th Street and Central Park West at 9 a.m.

The balloons will then turn east onto Central Park South at Columbus Circle—instead of heading down Broadway—and head south on Sixth Avenue.

When the parade reaches 34th Street, marchers will turn west and head towards Macy’s Herald Square, where the parade will conclude at around noon.

New floats for this year’s parade include little elves from Netflix’s “The Christmas Chronicles” and Goku from the “Dragon Ball Z” anime series.