Behind the Scenes at the Macy’s Parade

photo.jpgHave you ever wondered what it was like to stand on one of the amazing floats that was crafted by a group of artisans who lend their talents each year to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Well yours truly got the chance to do just that this week when I served as official “spokesmom” for My Princess Academy. This brand new website enables little girls to pursue their love of all things princess with their very own interactive world that offers games, toys and activities while teaching them the true virtues of being a princess both inside and out: confidence, beauty, generosity and intelligence. The float is one of eight new entries this year and one lucky family will even get the chance to be flown to NYC for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade courtesy of My Princess Academy. And…to make things even more exciting, the Clique Girlz – a tween group who is currently on tour with the Cheetah Girls, will be performing live on the My Princess Academy float during the parade.
photo2.jpgThroughout the day, I got to meet school children who were given an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the floats. With several seasoned Macy’s veterans as tour guides, the kids were able to see first hand how the incredible staff at Macy’s work tirelessly to ensure that everything you see on NBC or along the parade route goes off without a hitch. Some new entrants in the parade also include Disney’s Bolt, a Smurf float that’ll take all of us back to our own childhood (gotta love those Smurfs), an incredible Oneida Indian Nation float that features an enormous turtle with a symbolic tree on its back, Horton Hears a Who and an incredible animatronics Ocean Spray float.
The My Princess Academy float will be quite a sight to behold with a gorgeous castle made out of 50 pounds of glitter (and wood of course). Needless to say, I was covered in glitter by the time I got to my car, but maybe it was all that Macy’s fairy dust that makes everyone who walks in that magical workshop feel special for a day.
Another cool tidbit that I learned during my backstage tour. Do you know how the floats get from their warehouse in New Jersey to Manhattan? They are partially taken apart and then head through the Lincoln Tunnel along with the gigantic balloons. Second cool tidbit – do you know where they test out the balloon floats to make sure they’re ready to take flight? In a remote field in North Dakota – don’t know where it is exactly but it’s a secret location so that no one gets to see those floats until Thanksgiving Day!
This year’s parade promises to be a favorite among kids and parents. The show will be packed with amazing performances – from the Clique Girlz to Miranda Cosgrove from iCarly, Gwen Stefani, Kermit the Frog and much more (heard rumors that the Jonas Bros. may be there too) not to mention the incredible new floats and balloons (any Buzz Lightyear fans out there?). You heard it here first Role Mommies – and keep coming back for the inside track on all things fun for families!