So what’s on the menu for Thanksgiving of 2017? How about donuts, green beans and a South Korean airplane? It may sound peculiar, but this and more is what’s in store for viewers of the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a time honored tradition that started in the 20’s and was first televised in 1948. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker will all be on hand to host again this year.
Entenmann’s bakery is all set to debut a colorful, fun looking float complete with confetti and rotating donuts. It has whimsical touches such as a giant mixer and a baker who appears to be doing a stunt out of Mission: Impossible. Entennmann’s is celebrating their contribution to the parade by hosting a sweepstakes with the grand prize including a trip to New York City for next year’s parade.
Santa won’t be the only one in the parade laughing with a “Ho ho ho!” Odds are you have some vegetable dishes on your Thanksgiving table, so it only makes sense for Green Giant to contribute a harvest themed float. The float will feature a two story Green Giant kneeling while overlooking a bucolic landscape of a bountiful farm. The Giant smiles benignly as he cradles a perfect ear of corn in his Brobdingnagian hands.
Weather permitting, there promises to be some new balloons added to the parade, including a new oldie. Jett from Super Wings comes soaring in to join the fun! This will mark the first time a character from a South Korean property has entered the parade. Everyone’s favorite Wimpy Kid, Greg Heffley, will be brought back as he proved popular last year. The original wimpy kid, Charlie Brown, is also being brought back.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Miracle on 34th Street, a black and white version of Harold the Baseball Player will feature. Macy’s traditional yellow stars will be joined this year by blue and white stars and a gold star.
As for musical performances, the NYPD and the U.S. Air Force will provide marching bands as will various high schools from around the United States. Macy’s is keeping tight lipped about any other performances for this year. However, they may promote the new play Jimmy and Carolyn and it’s possible we may be treated to a performance from the sweetly nostalgic Broadway musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. At any rate, it promises to be a treat!