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How New Jersey Hosts Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

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Macy’s 95th Annual Thanksgiving Parade is just around the corner. Of course, New York deserves credit for hosting the parade, but did you know Jersey’s connection to the annual tradition?

As the Thanksgiving show takes place on the streets of New York City, the beginnings of the creative process take place right here in the Garden State!

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Moonachie, NJ in Bergen County is the home of Macy’s Parade Studio. It’s the facility where around 30 artisans work throughout the year to create the huge floats, balloons and costumes for the parade, according to this piece from NJMonthly.

Each year, the team is tasked with making between four and six new tanks and three to five huge balloons. In addition to creating new creations, they also retouch dozens of tanks and balloons from previous years which are kept in a separate facility.

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This year there will be six new tanks and a total of 28 tanks.

There will also be an entirely new element to the show, a “floalloonicle,” which is part a balloon, part a float, according to show executive producer Will Coss. He says, “He has an interior structure and sort of a stage for our talent on top. But he also has a balloon element, which is the pirate ship itself.”

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The tanks are brought to New York via the Lincoln Tunnel in several pieces, once they pass through the tunnel they are reassembled for the parade.

This year’s parade, which will not require a COVID vaccination for the crowd, will begin at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Central Park West and 77th Street. It will air on NBC with hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker.

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Happy Turkey Day!

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Kylie Moore of New Jersey 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Kylie. You can follow Kylie on Instagram.

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