Posts by Mary-Rose Abraham and Dan Kloeffler

  • The Man Behind the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Mary-Rose Abraham and Dan Kloeffler at Newsmakers1 yr ago

    Imagine a job in which an everyday task would be to wrestle a flying Hello Kitty the size of a small house. Or a workday which includes stretching hundreds of feet of bungee cords across a giant guitar. 

    When the floats and enormous balloons make their way down New York City’s streets on Thursday morning for the 86th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, few in the audience will know that a team of hundreds of people have spent the better part of the year on their design and construction.  

    Those artists and craftspeople have been hard at work at the Macy’s Studio, housed in a nondescript New Jersey warehouse about 30 minutes outside of New York City. Six new floats make their debut this year, ranging from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to what’s being billed as the world’s largest guitar.  

    “What’s going to be great this year? The easiest way to explain that is to reach right into the heart of the kids and say what are you looking for? What’s the kid in you want to see?” said John Piper, the creative director of the studio.  

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