The prominent performers, flashy floats, and brand-new balloons
The 2019 parade consists of 26 floats, 16 giant character balloons, and 40 other miscellaneous balloons. Macy’s says more than 8,000 people will participate, including 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers, 1,000-plus clowns, 11 marching bands, and several singers, athletes, and additional performers.
On the celebrity front, expect performances from Natasha Bedingfield, Billy Porter, Black Eyed Peas, Ciara, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, TLC, Chicago, and more. Former astronauts Kay Hire and Janet Kavandi also join the star-studded guest list, along with Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin and NHL icons Dominic Moore and Eddie Olczyk.
Of the 26 floats, five are new to the lineup: Blue’s Clues & You!, a simple set featuring the Blue’s Clues reboot host Josh Dela Cruz; The Brick-Changer, a multicolored LEGO display the size of approximately 2,000 LEGOs; Home Sweet Home, a cozy reimagining of Cracker Barrel’s famous country stores; Rexy in the City, the first luxury fashion float, centered on COACH’s glittery reptilian mascot; and Toy House of Marvelous Milestones, a dollhouse-style depiction of life’s most important moments.
This year’s parade also features three new character balloons and two new heritage balloons: Astronaut Snoopy, the dog’s newest design commemorating 50 years since the moon landing; Green Eggs and Ham, featuring a green “hammobile” the size of 4 million eggs or 14,000 hams; Spongebob Squarepants & Gary, honoring the iconic cartoon’s 20th birthday; Love Flies Up to the Sky, a special creation by contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama; and Smokey Bear, returning to the parade for the first time since 1993 to celebrate his 75th birthday.
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