2012 Macy's Parade Update : Fab 5 , Power Rangers , Elf + More

Sneak Peek At The New Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade Floats! (VIDEO)

NBC fired over a sneak peek for Thanksgiving Day parade fun!

Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like the annual Macys parade, which will air on NBC this Thursday morning at 9am ET.

John Piper, VP Creative Director at Macys Parade Studio, gave NBCUDirect a private tour of all the new floats that will appear in this years parade.

Watch for Ninja Turtles! A giant guitar! Children dressed as cookies! Goldfish having THEIR own parade! You also get a peek at how the floats were made  starting with nothing more than a base on wheels  and what materials are used to make them. Check out NBC's video to see all the fun new floats, and make sure to tune in to NBC on Thanksgiving to see them all in action.

Broadway's "Cinderella" is on her way to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Jeans may be the dress of choice for Laura Osnes, but that just won't do on Thursday

"Cinderella" star Laura Osnes may be belle of the ball, but she says she's most comfortable in jeans.

The star of Broadway’s “Cinderella” is happiest in jeans, a T-shirt and a sweater.

“I’m low maintenance,” says actress Laura Osnes.

But Levis and a pullover won’t cut it on Thursday, when the 27-year-old from Minnesota appears in character at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical doesn’t start previews at the Broadway Theatre until Jan. 24. Parade peepers will get a preview of Osnes in her fairy-tale finery and see her go from rags to rapturous.
Designer's sketches go from rags to riches.

“I teared up looking at myself in the ball gown in the mirror,” says Osnes, a petite brunette. “It’s the most beautiful ball dress.”

Maybe even good enough to eat.

When she looked at Tony-winning designer William Ivey Long’s costume sketch, the flowing skirt reminded her of whipped cream.

“There are two dozen layers of gossamer magical froth,” says Long. “Cinderella’s fairy godmother spins her as the dress is made. There’s a swirling effect in the dress even at rest.”

Like the gown, Osnes has been in constant motion since making her Broadway debut as Sandy in “Grease” in 2007. She won the role on the TV reality competition “You’re the One That I Want!” She parlayed that breakthrough into Broadway leads in “South Pacific,” “Anything Goes” and “Bonnie and Clyde,” for which she earned a Tony nomination.

Before “Cinderella” rehearsals begin in December, Osnes is premiering a cabaret evening of songs by “Nine” composer Maury Yeston at the midtown nightclub 54 Below starting Nov. 27.

But as Thanksgiving approaches — she and her husband will be at home with friends on the upper West Side — Osnes is grateful for the chance to play a princess from a fresh perspective.

“It’s not just a love-at-first-sight story,” says Osnes. “Cinderella challenges the prince to step up and be the king. He pushes her to believe in herself. The right person can bring out the best in a person.”

So can the right dress.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Will Feature Performances from Annie, Bring It On, Elf and More
The 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on NBC-TV from 9 AM ET-noon Nov. 22.

Five Broadway productions will be spotlighted during the annual parade: Annie, Bring It On, Elf, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella and Nice Work If You Can Get It.

Also joining the festivities this year are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Trace Adkins; Big Apple Circus; Chica and the gang from Sprout; Colbie Caillat; Rachel Crow; Thirza Defoe; Jimmy Fallon & The Roots; Flo Rida (PROBLEMATIC IMO); Whoopi Goldberg; Chris Isaak; Carly Rae Jepsen; Karmin; Kidz Bop; Christian Laettner; Sandra Lee; Mannheim Steamroller; Jennette McCurdy; Don McLean; Megan & Liz; Miss USA 2012 – Olivia Culpo; the Muppets and cast of "Sesame Street"; Neon Trees; Power Rangers Megaforce; Cody Simpson; U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists - Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber; The Wanted; Food Network’s Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian; and the world-famous Radio City Rockettes.

“The 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will again make history as it debuts 3 impressive giant balloons, 6 over-the-top floats, an amazing array of talent and the most remarkable high school, college and professional marching bands in the nation,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, in a statement. “As it has during turbulent times in our history, we hope the Macy’s Parade serves as a beacon of hope and renewal for all Americans, who will gather with friends and family to give thanks this season and begin to heal from the devastating aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.”

The 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will step off at 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will travel down to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down a new path via 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

The annual event also includes 16 giant character balloons; 40 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 28 floats; 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers; 900 clowns; 11 marching bands; a host of celebrity performers and the one-and-only Santa Claus.

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