Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, the Louisiana Office of Tourism and Macy’s, Inc. announced they will celebrate the birthplace of jazz, Cajun and Creole cuisine and Mardi Gras in true Louisiana fashion with their debut float in the 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 60-foot, alligator-themed float will encourage millions of spectators along the parade route, and millions more on television to celebrate in Louisiana style.
“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,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “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.”
“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.”
Inspired by all facets of Louisiana’s culture and thriving tourist appeal, the “Celebration Gator” 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. In addition to celebrating the state’s unique fusion of European, Caribbean, African and Native American cultures, the float will include participants dressed in lavish baby gator costumes, as well as a team of stilt walkers, all done in an elaborate celebration of Louisiana traditions for millions of spectators in New York City and TV viewers across the nation.
The 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs live nationwide on NBC on Thursday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones.