This year, Louisiana will debut a gator-themed float in the 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, the Louisiana Office of Tourism, and Macy’s, Inc. made the announcement Tuesday.
The 60-foot-long, alligator-themed float is called “Celebration Gator” and features a New Orleans vignette on its back. The foot will make its debut rolling through the New York City parade route for millions of spectators in-person and via television.
The float “will celebrate the birthplace of jazz, Cajun and Creole cuisine, and Mardi Gras in true Louisiana fashion,” according to the Louisiana Office of Tourism.
“When it comes to parading, there is one thing Louisiana knows how to do and that’s throwing a party on wheels aboard the biggest float we can build,” Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser said in a statement. “In celebrating our state’s incredible lineup of music, food, and culture, we hope people from all over the country, and the world, will take part in visiting our lively state where every day is a celebration of life, and we treat you like family. Participating in a parade as historic as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a real honor for the people of Louisiana.”
According to a release, the “Celebration Gator” is inspired by Louisiana’s culture and tourist appeal. The float features “a colorful street view of Louisiana: a blend of the New Orleans French Quarter architecture with heavy influences of Spanish colonial rule and Creole fashion.”
Participants dressed in lavish baby gator costumes and a team of stilt walkers will accompany the float.
“The Macy’s Parade is thrilled to welcome this awe-inspiring and colorful float to our lineup,” said Jordan Dabby, producer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “Sharing Louisiana’s rich history of celebration, the Parade’s newest float will bring the revelry to spectators lining the streets of New York City and enjoying the pageantry from homes nationwide.”
The 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. until noon.
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