Watching the parades on TV on Thanksgiving morning is a cherished tradition in many families. Most would agree that the biggest and best of them all is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is also one of the longest running of the parades, dating all the way back to 1924.
This year as always the Macy’s Parade features three hours of celebrities (e.g., Kanye West and Jessica Simpson), giant helium balloons (e.g., Spongebob Squarepants and Shrek), marching bands (e.g., the NYPD marching band), and a plethora of other miscellaneous acts (e.g., Varsity Spirit Cheerleaders).
But for many people the highlight of the parade each year are the floats.
One of the floats to look forward to for 2010 is “Snow Queen,” featuring Joan Rivers in the title role, supported by her daughter Melissa and Melissa’s son Cooper as the Snow Princess and Jack Frost.
Then there’s “Top Hat,” a 12-foot tall top hat to celebrate Harlem’s Apollo Theater’s 75th anniversary. Kids’ favorite Dora the Explorer is the star of “Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure,” in which Dora and her pals learn the true meaning of the holidays.
“Elves Raise the Roof” is a rollicking dance show. “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” hits a patriotic note. And in case you’re not already hungry enough thinking about your turkey that just went in the oven, there’s “Home Baked Goodness,” featuring a giant cast iron stove top overflowing with cupcakes, cookies, and gingerbread men.
Here is the complete 2010 float lineup, along with their sponsors:
123 Sesame Street (NAMM)
Big Apple (NY Daily News)
Bridge To The Future (Hess Corporation)
Castle of Dreams (My Princess Academy)
Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure (Nickelodeon)
Elves Raise the Roof (Office Max)
Home Baked Goodness (Morton Salt)
International CELEBEARation Clock Tower (Build-A-Bear Workshop)
Jolly Polly Pirate Ship
Mount Rushmore’s American Pride (South Dakota Office of Tourism)
On The Roll Again (Homewood Suites by Hilton)
Pep Rally (Spirit of America)
Shine On! (Jimmy Dean)
Smurf Mushroom (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
Snoopy’s Dog House (Peanuts Worldwide LLC)
Statue of Liberty (Despicable Me)
Top Hat! (Apollo)
Tom Turkey (Food Network)
True Spirit of Thanksgiving (Oneida Nation)
Winter Wonderland in Central Park (Delta Airlines)
Woodland Family Gathering (Ocean Spray)
The 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be broadcast on NBC, as it has been every year since 1948. The hosts are “Today’s” Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer, and Al Roker. The parade will be telecast live from 9 AM to noon in the Eastern time zone. It’ll also be telecast, on tape, from 9 AM to noon in the other time zones.
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