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Macy’s Parade Ideas

Posted by paradefloats on June 5, 2012

For more than 80 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been one of the world’s most popular and most watched parades of the year. If you’ve submitted your application and gotten the notice that your group is going to be in this famous parade, it’s never too early to start planning for the big day.

It will take a lot to stand out in the 2-1/2 mile long nationally televised parade on Thanksgiving Day, but you don’t have to have a giant Snoopy balloon to have an impact on parade viewers.

Celebrate the Season

Although held on Thanksgiving Day, the Macy’s Parade is mainly about the upcoming holiday season. The parade is often filled with elves, snowmen, Santa, and other holiday symbols. But not everyone celebrates the holidays the same. Stand out from the crowd and cover a range of ways people around the world celebrate the holidays. Maybe a few people in your crew will wear Santa hats, and others will carry a 3D Star of David. Get some colorful decorations to represent Kwanzaa. Research other holidays around the globe and represent them on your Macy’s Parade float!

Represent Your Home

It would be extra special for a group that wasn’t from New York to represent their state. For example, if your group is from Georgia, go with a Georgia theme. Have a giant peach on your float, or go with the state’s favorite sport and have a football theme. A group from Florida might have bright yellow decorations in honor of being the Sunshine State.

Another idea would be to represent your town. From a small town? Put it on the map by showcasing different things your town is known for. From a big town? Do the same thing, and anyone who has visited will feel connected to your group. There are lots of items you can personalize for your town and incorporate into your Macy’s Parade experience.

Balloons Galore

Maybe your group can’t afford the giant, taller-than-buildings inflatables that major brands have in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the balloon fun. Hundreds of smaller balloons can be just as spectacular. Pick a theme and go crazy with balloons!

Take a look at past parade floats and groups, and maybe it will get your mind going and your creative juices flowing. Whatever you do, have fun, and take pride in being a part of one of the most famous parades in the world!


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