Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to feature 'Duck Dynasty' cast, Ariana Grande, Jimmy Fallon
NEW YORK — There will be a strong helping of duck at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade — "Duck Dynasty," that is.
The reality show sensations will be among the celebrities appearing at the annual event in New York City. They'll join Ariana Grande, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, Florida Georgia Line, Cirque du Soliel and several other acts on the famous parade floats.
Macy's says more than 8,000 people will participate in the event, and 3.5 million are expected to watch from the sidelines. That doesn't count the millions more who watch it on TV.
This year, Snoopy and Woodstock will be among the balloons, as well as Toothless from "How to Train Your Dragon."
Skipsational trip planned to NYC for Thanksgiving Day Parade
There’s an old joke that asks, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”
“Practice!” is the answer.
So, how will five ambitious athletes arrive to New York City’s Herald Square? Practice jump roping!
While many dream of ringing in the holidays in New York City – perhaps ambling down the festooned avenues – there will be little time for shopping or sightseeing for five members of Chapel Hill’s SkipSations Jump Rope Team who will participate in the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 28.
SkipSations jumpers Chloe Grill, Julia Sonis, Cinthia Praiswater, Megan Miller and Sarah Seagroves will join 200 fellow athletes in front of a huge spectator crowd and national television audience as they jump rope the 2.5-mile parade route through the city, a SkipSations release said.
Additionally, two of the five members of the Chapel Hill contingent – Praiswater and Miller – will grace the main performance stage at the end of the parade route at Herald Square.
Athletes were invited from jump rope teams across the country to join the ensemble, including many champions. Local athletes have been practicing for months under the direction of SkipSations coach Lucy Schimmelfing.
“Our coach chose people who have been jumping longer and also those who have done (group routines),” said Praiswater, 18, a Cedar Ridge High School senior. “The group routine is a really big part of what we’re doing.”
According to its website (www.skipsations.org), the SkipSations Jump Rope Team of 28 boys and girls aged 6-18 (and select parents) has been performing, competing teaching jump rope workshops since 1999.
Organizing the initiative is the Heartbeats Jump Rope Team in Cleveland. The current initiative has adopted the moniker J.U.M.P. (Jumpers United for Macy’s Parade)
“They’re all going to be jump ropers who we’ve seen at other competitions,” said Julia Sonis, a Chapel Hill High freshman who’s been jumping since age 8. “I’m familiar with all of them.”
J.U.M.P. athletes will march alongside the giant character balloons, celebrities, floats, marching bands performance groups that comprise the iconic Macy’s Parade, which began in 1924.
While the parade itself is expected to involve around 10,000 participants, the on-site and television audience should top 3.5 million.
“I’m really nervous just to have so many people watching us,” said Chloe Grill, another Chapel Hill freshman who has been jumping for six years.
“Yeah, it’s in front of a lot of people,” Chapel Hill ninth-grader Megan Miller, 14, said, “and I’ve never really done anything like this before.”
“We’ve been to big competitions – as far away as Iowa – but not big demonstrations,” Sonis said.
While the five jumpers have often jumped the length of local 5Ks, the parade will pose new challenges. The jump ropers will be on display for the entire length of the 2.5-mile parade route the time spent jump roping will likely be nearly two hours.
Perhaps the greatest pressure is to jump in unison and not to stand out in the crowd.
“You’re all supposed to do exactly the same thing: 200 jumpers,” Grill said.
Further, New York in November is known for brisk temperatures and stiff winds.
“We’re preparing for that,” Praiswater said. “We’ll have Under Armour shirts we’re planning on getting gloves.”
“I think it’ll be fine once we start jumping,” Sonis said. “I’m nervous that we’re going to get all bundled up then when we start jump roping we’ll get hot, though.”
While the first few days may give passing glimpse of the “City that Never Sleeps,” the SkipSations will be concentrating on the parade.
“For the first couple days, it’ll be all business,” Grill said, “but after the parade, we’ll get to go sightseeing. My family will be going all around the city.”
Arriving at Herald Square, 72 of the athletes – including Praiswater and Miller – will be featured in a live, one-minute broadcast on NBC, featuring a striking, intricately choreographed routine.
“We went up to Ohio to work on that it’s a little bit harder,” Praiswater said. “There are different formations we have shirts with one color on front and another on back: it looks really cool.”
NBC will broadcast the event on WNCN (NBC 17) locally, with coverage beginning at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Next up for the SkipSations will likely be next year’s competition circuit.
“That’s always really exciting because we get to travel,” Praiswater said. “This group hasn’t gone too far, but I know there’ve been other groups that have gone to competitions in Australia. This coming year, a few of us may even be going to Hong Kong in a couple of year, we may be going to Australia again.”
A Flash in the Sky: How to Train Your Dragon's Toothless Joins the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R)
DreamWorks Animation's Beloved Dragon Will Take to the Skies Over Manhattan as a New Giant Helium Balloon in the Annual Holiday Spectacle
NEW YORK, Oct 09, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- This Thanksgiving, a mythical dragon will be spotted over the skies of New York City as millions of spectators catch a glimpse of the fierce but beloved Toothless in the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R). The star of DreamWorks Animation's DWA -2.13% How to Train Your Dragon franchise, Toothless will join the lineup of incredible giant character helium balloons in the Thanksgiving Day celebration.
"As this clever and playful dragon takes his rightful place in the sky this year, millions of spectators along the streets of Manhattan and in homes across the country will be dazzled by Toothless," said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "His incredibly subtle coloring, bright eyes, enormous shape and scale promises to put Toothless in a class of his own among the Parade's helium giants this Thanksgiving."
"DreamWorks Animation is honored to be a part of the incredible Macy's Parade tradition, and who better than Toothless to soar through the skies of Manhattan on Thanksgiving?" said DreamWorks Animation's Chief Global Brand Officer Michael Francis. "Fans around the world have dreamt of seeing Toothless take flight before their very eyes and he will definitely be a sight to behold."
A feat of design by the magicians at Macy's Parade Studio, Toothless will measure approximately 70-feet in length and will tower more than five stories. The color of midnight with glowing green eyes and an enigmatic grin, Toothless will come to life in grand form. Positioned with his giant wings folded in a landing pose, Toothless will be a hit with fans young and old as he seems poised and ready to descend amongst the gathered crowds.
The critically acclaimed 2010 global blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon grossed nearly $500 million at the worldwide box office and was among the top 10 highest-grossing films of 2010. On June 13, 2014, audiences will have the opportunity to fly high with the original gang in the epic 3D action-adventure film sequel, which will soar into the final film of the trilogy set to release in 2016. Fans can also follow the adventures of Hiccup and Toothless in the popular television series DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk.
The 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 from 9 a.m. - noon in all time zones.
About the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade M +1.09% : With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For more than 85 years, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than two-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy's employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America's best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy's signature giant helium character balloons. For more information on the Macy's Parade please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.
About DreamWorks Animation: DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE(R) Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 27 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots, and The Croods.
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OMG yes @ Sesame Street and Jimmy Fallon ehmaguad !!!