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Hilary Duff, Nick Jonas Among Lineup for 2014 Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade

by Jon Abelson, AlterThePress.com | Posted: 11/03/2014 @ 8:37 PM EDT

 

NEW YORK --- Macy*s 88th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to NBC on Thursday morning, November 27th, starting at 9 a.m. EDT. Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie from the Today Show will host the three-hour live telecast.

 

Among those scheduled to appear and/or perform: members of the Big Apple Circus; Sting, premiering an exclusive number from his current Broadway hit The Last Ship; Cirque du Soleil, riding their Dreamseeker float; former teen idol Nick Jonas; tween super-diva Hilary Duff; Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez; the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street (marking their show's 45th Anniversary, as well as their 40th Anniversary appearance here); Metropolitan Opera legend Renee Fleming; Academy Award nominee Quvenzhane Wallis (previewing her title role in Sony Pictures' forthcoming remake of the Broadway musical Annie); Gene Simmons and his Kiss colleagues, celebrating the iconic rock band's farewell tour; NHL heroes Pat Lafontaine and John Le Clair, riding Discover Card's NHL Thanksgiving Showdown float; Tony Award winner Idina Menzel; singing stars William Blake, Becky G, Cole Swindell, Meghan Trainor, Lucy Hale, the Madden Brothers; rapper Romeo Santos; several newcomer music groups making their first national TV appearances, including Pentatonix, Before You Exit, MKTO, the Vamps --- and much, much more.

 

The upcoming Parade will also feature 16 giant character balloons, 33 novelty and ornament balloons, balloonicles, balloon heads, and trycaloons;27 floats; 1300 cheerleaders and dancers; 1000 clowns; 12 marching bands, including a group flown in directly from Nassau, the Bahamas --- and a host of celebrity performers.

 

"This is a record-breaking year for the Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as we debut the largest new cast of giant character balloons ever assembled, along with five amazing new floats. Tens of millions of spectators are gonna be amazed by what we have in store," boasted Amy Kule, Parade Executive Producer and Senior Vice President for Creative and Special Events. "In addition to our usual lineup of celebrity performers, America's finest high school and college marching bands, dancers, cheerleaders, clowns and balloon handlers, we'll be adding a few new layers of interactivity to the Parade for the first time this year. From our NBC live cameras on each float capturing special moments along the route to incredible 360-degree panoramic photography, where the fans themselves can become a part of all the action, and finally, through our first-ever Confetti Carpet, and a behind-the-scenes look at our starting line with some of our celebrity performers, we are gonna bring the Macy*s Parade closer to audiences in New York City and in homes across the country."

 

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Elf Without Jingles

Of course, behind the cameras are the usual suspects:

 

Executive Producer Brad Lachman; Producer Billy Bracken; Directed by Gary Halvorson; Written for Television by Mark Waxman; Executive Music Producer Milton Delugg; Creative Director William Schermerhorn --- and several others.

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Ol Santa

Well now Jingles...

        ...Ol' Santa here.   Now I know it's Macy*s and I know how you feel about Macy*s; but this sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun.   Are you going to get involved?   Boy, I sure would if I lived near by!

       I figure they'll be needing a pirate or two.   So why not you?

 

Ol' Santa

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Sorry guys, I gotta do the Columbo thing and say "Oh, just one more thing..."

 

Macy*s is also promising a record-breaker for this, its seventh annual Believe campaign, benefitting the Make-a-Wish Foundation. It includes Yes, Virginia --- The Animated Special, airing on CBS and Univision on the Friday to be designated "National 'Believe' Day." The deal, as in prior years, is that for every letter addressed to Santa Claus at the North Pole, Macy*s will donate $1 to Make-a-Wish, with a long-range goal of $1 million. 

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Elf Without Jingles

Well now Jingles...

       

Ol' Santa here.  

 

Now I know it's Macy*s, and I know how you feel about Macy*s; but this sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun.  

 

Are you going to get involved?  

 

Boy, I sure would if I lived near by!

       

I figure they'll be needing a pirate or two.  So why not you?

 

Ol' Santa

 

Funny you should mention Pirates, Ol' Santa. Get a load of the following:

 

PARSIPPANY, NEW JERSEY, 10-24-2014 (PRNewswire) --- Pirate's Booty has been providing fun snacks made with goodness for the family for over 25 years, and now it's about to become part of another legendary tradition as it joins the line-up of floats scheduled to appear during the 88th Annual Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Pirate's Booty "Treasure Hunt" Pirate Ship Float is sure to bring adventure and Pirate-y fun to over 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million TV viewers across the country and around the world. To celebrate the float's inaugural voyage down the Parade route, Pirate's Booty is also launching a "Share Yarrrr Thanksgivin' Traditions" Contest in November, where participants will have the chance to win a trip for four to New York to watch the 2015 Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person. 

 

Cool, huh?

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Santa TJS

I suppose they will have that disappointing Santa again with the short beard that blends in with his suit and a bunch of dark hair protruding from under his hat. They could do better there are hundreds of a Santas here that could do a better job

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And it don't stop there! In addition to Sting's The Last Ship, the 2014 Best Musical Tony winner, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, the upcoming Broadway musical based on the film Finding Neverland, and revivals of On the Town and Side Show will all be in on Hour One, along with a preview performance from NBC's Peter Pan Live!

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Funny you should mention Pirates, Ol' Santa. Get a load of the following:

 

PARSIPPANY, NEW JERSEY, 10-24-2014 (PRNewswire) --- Pirate's Booty has been providing fun snacks made with goodness for the family for over 25 years, and now it's about to become part of another legendary tradition as it joins the line-up of floats scheduled to appear during the 88th Annual Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Pirate's Booty "Treasure Hunt" Pirate Ship Float is sure to bring adventure and Pirate-y fun to over 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million TV viewers across the country and around the world. To celebrate the float's inaugural voyage down the Parade route, Pirate's Booty is also launching a "Share Yarrrr Thanksgivin' Traditions" Contest in November, where participants will have the chance to win a trip for four to New York to watch the 2015 Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person. 

 

Cool, huh?

ARRRRRRHHHH!!!  I would be a Macy's Pirate in a heartbeat!

Then,...  I would weasel my way into being the Commander of the Red Sleigh...

(Arrrr,...  'Tis evil I am....)

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ARRRRRRHHHH!!!  I'd be a Macy's Pirate in a heartbeat, that I would!

Then I'd be weaselin' me way into commandin' the Red Sleigh!

(Arrrr, 'tis evil I be!)

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:sc_rofl:  :sc_rofl: LOL!!!!!!

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Santa Johnny Boy

Thanks for the corrected pirate  language - what do you think is a good pirate name I could call myself?

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Thanks for the corrected pirate language! What do you think is a good pirate name I could call myself?

 

Now, if'n I were a bettin' Kringle Pirate, I'd say a good Pirate name fer such as yerself could be --- Johnny Boy Kringle the Watchful! What say ye ta that, lad?

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Elf Without Jingles

(Hey Elf w/o Jingles --- never stray off the topic. You know better than that!)

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There's a whole lot more to this year's Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade, including this, the store's seventh annual Believe campaign benefitting Make-a-Wish, which, as http://www.macys.com/believe will tell you, grants a wish somewhere in America every 38 minutes!

 

This year, the Macy*s folks are out to make a little history: They wanna break the Guinness World Record for THE longest wish list to be sent to Santa. I would have shared the Press Release marking that particular milestone, but could not access the Macy*s Press Room database.

 

Well, this is what happens when you try to stay on top of every hot Santa story you can find without driving yourself crazy!

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