Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Behind the scenes at Seattle's Macy's Holiday Parade

Today the kids and I braved the truly awful weather and headed down to a hotel in downtown Seattle for a sneak peek at the costumes for the Macy's Holiday Parade. It was quite the sight- a huge room full of racks and racks of carefully organized costumes and accessories. Enough costumes for all 650 participants in the parade!  All of the performers in the parade volunteer their time to participate, and Macy's makes a donation to their choice of non-profit organizations to thank them.  Macy's also donates to the high school bands that come and play, to help offset the costs of getting everyone to the event. 

This year's parade it going to feature both inflatable floats and regular floats, over 50 of them in total. In addition to floats that have been a part of the parade before, there are some new floats, including a new rocking horse inflatable float from last year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. The floats will be ridden by princesses and cupcakes, cowboys and princes, giant crayons and Christmas trees, clowns (120 of them!) and Santa on his sleigh! 

Poinsettia Costume

Ethan checks out the Christmas Tree costume- it weighs a lot!

Ethan's favorite of the costumes

Rows of costumes, ready for some performers!
It was fun to get to look around and see everything up close. This is an event that requires year-round planning and preparation, and I can't wait to see the results of everyone's hard work! Now we're even more excited about the parade on Friday! The Seattle Macy's Holiday Parade starts at 9AM on Friday and will last approximately one hour. It begins at 7th and Pine, travels down parts of 5th and 4th Avenues and ends up at the downtown Macy's store.  Hope to see you there!

Disclosure: I received no product and no compensation for this post- just passing on some fun information that I learned today!