For the first time, Louisiana will participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and one of the state’s biggest stars will go along for the ride.
New Orleans musician Jon Batiste will perform as the musical talent aboard the “Celebration Gator” float in the parade, Louisiana Travel announced on Facebook.
“It’s going to be a Thanksgiving morning dance party in homes across the world and the streets of New York City when Batiste performs,” the post said.
Batiste, a member of the New Orleans musical dynasty, won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for “Best Original Score” for his work co-composing Disney and Pixar’s animated film “Soul.”
The 60-foot-long, alligator-themed float will make its debut rolling through the New York City parade route for millions of spectators in-person and via television.
It was previously announced that participants dressed in lavish baby gator costumes and a team of stilt walkers will accompany the float.
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.”
Last month, Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, the Louisiana Office of Tourism and Macy’s, Inc. announced the first-ever Louisiana float in the 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. until noon.
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