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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade preview: 6 new floats at 95th annual celebration

MOONACHIE, New Jersey (WABC) – With less than 10 days left before the 95th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the celebration is trying to unfold in ways that weren’t possible last year due to the pandemic.

The warehouse in Moonachie, New Jersey looks as inviting and interesting as Willy Wonka’s factory.

“These are hand-sculpted, controllable pieces,” said Producer Will Coss, CEO of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

They are intricate works of art created by a team of carpenters, engineers, painters, electricians and then several people.

Six newcomers will glide along the 2.5-mile stretch of New York City during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

A total of 28 floats will make the crowd live in awe.

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Last year due to the pandemic, people watched a miniature version from home.

Not this time. People are pulling out all the stops.

“From the size, the scale, the spectacle to the animation points, to the self-driving units, it was a really dynamic year, really excited about it,” Coss said.

But getting to this point took several months – 8 to 10, and in some cases, a year.

It all starts with an idea, then a sketch, followed by the critical engineering phase.

“We started to figure out how we actually built it structurally so we could have a head,” Coss said.

Next step… the team at Moonachie will break all the floats down. Each buoy will fold down 12 feet by 8.5 feet. That was the key so the floats could safely make their way through the Lincoln Tunnel on Wednesday night.

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“We ship them into New York City the day before the parade, build them overnight on the Upper West Side, and then we have the magic,” says Coss.

On the 95th anniversary of this iconic parade, Coss says it will be an eventful day.

“It’s made with love,” he said.

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