Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a holiday tradition. It’s like kissing under the mistletoe on Christmas Eve. It’s like watching the ball drop at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Without it, the holidays just aren’t the same!
Perhaps you'll be preparing a turkey feast on Thanksgiving morning. Maybe you'll be lounging around because your only turkey day responsibility is to bring a pie or a bottle of wine. Either way, turn on your TV at 9 am ET and watch the parade, at least for a few minutes.
Between the balloons and the floats, the Macy’s parade is fun for the whole family (cliché, but true). If you’re getting excited about this year's festivities, here are the best Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade floats to watch out for in 2019. You can also learn more about the entire parade on Macy’s website, if you are interested in reading about the balloons, balloonicles, bands, clowns and more!
As he has been doing for the past 36 years, Tom Turkey will kick off the parade festivities once again! He’ll make his way down Central Park West, around Columbus Circle, and down 6th Avenue. His final stop will be at Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square (which is where we get to see him on TV).
Tom Turkey is the oldest float in the parade, and he’s been gobble-gobbling his way through the streets of Manhattan since 1973. This year, however, he’ll be a little bit different.
After last year’s parade, Tom got a bit of a makeover. This year, he’ll be self-propelled.
Rexy in the City
Promising to be full of glitz, glitter, and glamour, the Rexy in the City float is brand new to the parade this year. Sponsored by the brand COACH, this float will feature a two-story-tall T-Rex dinosaur (the COACH mascot) with a carnival recreation of the NYC skyline. There will be Ferris wheels, a roller coaster, and iconic NYC landmarks.
But the best part might not even be the float itself. The best part might be that Billy Porter will be performing on it! We expect he’ll strike a pose or two.
The Brick Changer
LEGOs have been around since 1932 and are almost as old as the parade itself (which has been mesmerizing New Yorkers since 1924). So it only seems fitting to have these two wondrous elements collide.
New for this year, the LEGO Brick-Changer float is sure to make us all feel like kids again. Part turkey and part dragon, if this massive float were to be built by actual LEGOs, it would take more than 2,000 pieces to get the job done.
Featuring grey and white LEGOs at the forefront, this float transitions from a seemingly blank space into one exploding with bold, vibrant colors. It will also feature K-POP performers NCT-127. No, they’re not the same as BTS, but they have equally as fantastic hair (and just as many dance moves). If you are unfamiliar with the music of NCT-127, check out their song Superhuman from the album, We are Superhuman, which hit #1 on the US Billboard 200 list earlier this year.
Toy House of Marvelous Milestones
Sponsored by New York Life insurance, the Toy House of Marvelous Milestones is brand new to the parade this year. Designed to look like a dollhouse, this float captures different elements and milestones in family life.
It depicts a wedding celebration, a graduation, and a Thanksgiving dinner, among others. And this reminder of those important moments in life seems perfectly fitting for the occasion. After all, the parade does take place on a day that’s all about family and friends!
Kelly Rowland, of Destiny’s Child fame, will perform atop this massive dollhouse.
Deck the Halls
With a traditional holiday look, the Deck the Halls float by Balsam Hill will be full of, you guessed it, Balsam Hill trees, garland, and decorations. It will feature a three-story-tall tree in the center, surrounded by a moving carousel and gingerbread cookies.
But for all of those natural elements, it will also feature one supernatural performer: Idina Menzel. We doubt that she’ll sing that song from Frozen, but it’s always lovely to hear her hit a crazy high note or two.
Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop
During this year’s parade, Entenmann’s will create the ultimate sweet lover’s dream with a float named Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop. Jimmy Fallon and The Roots are scheduled to perform on this float, which promises to be full of vibrant color, oversized sweet treats, and childlike whimsy.
Topped with a cupcake chimney, this float is two-levels tall. That offers lots of rooms for lots of donuts, cookies, cupcakes, and other sweet desserts.
What could be more surreal than watching a giant pink flamingo floating through the streets of Manhattan? We think that’s about as fun as it gets. The Rocking Flamingo float, which is five times the size of a real flamingo, features blue ocean waves, fabulous feather wings, and some pretty fabulous eyelashes to boot.
The Rocking Flamingo is a small float in comparison to the other 33 floats in the parade, but its color and charisma make it one of our absolute favorites.
It all ends with Santa’s Sleigh…or does it begin with Santa’s Sleigh? The jolly fat guy ends the parade every year with his fleet of reindeer and elves. And seeing him ride that sleigh past Macy's has become the unofficial start of the holiday season. (Sorry Tom Turkey).
Somehow, seeing this float instantly puts us in the Christmas spirit and also gets us excited for the Thanksgiving feast ahead. Not only is Santa’s Sleigh one of the best floats in the parade, but it’s also the biggest. It measures 60 feet long, 22 feet wide, and a staggering three and a half stories tall!
What are the Best Floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
From The Elf on the Shelf to Sesame Street to the Jolly Green Giant, there is no shortage of amazing floats in this parade. But the ones to watch out for this year are:
- Tom Turkey
- Rexy in the City
- The Brick Changer
- Toy House of Marvelous Milestones
- Deck the Halls
- Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop
- Rocking Flamingo
- Santa’s Sleigh
History buffs might prefer the Mount Rushmore float. Nickelodeon fans might like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles float. Peanuts’ fans might love the Snoopy float.
Here’s the point: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has something for everyone. Between the floats, the massive balloons, and the marching bands, this parade never disappoints.
So unless you’re elbow-deep in a turkey when the parade starts, turn on your TV at 9 am ET. Take this Thanksgiving morning to relax and enjoy this nearly 100 years old holiday tradition with your friends, your family, or curled up on the couch with a pumpkin spice latte. Thanksgiving is the perfect day for both!