Here is another reason to watch the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year! Louisiana will have an enormous alligator float in the iconic 96th annual Thanksgiving procession. Watch out Big Apple, the "Celebration Gator" is gonna take a bite out! This is actually going to be the second year in a row that the huge float, representing The Bayou State, will be part of the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Celebration Gator Float - Youtube
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The "Celebration Gator" is still the longest float to ride in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and that's all that matters! The Louisiana float represents the state well, with a replica of NOLA/French Quarter streetscape on top and cannons that shoot confetti into the crowd instead of Mardi Gras beads (although that would have been really cool). This float has a purpose. It is all about Louisiana and generating tourism dollars. Speaking of which, riding in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade isn't free.

Believe it or not, Louisiana paid $1.375 million to be in the Thanksgiving Day Parade for three years! The 2021 Macy's Parade was when the "Celebration Gator" float made its debut. According to The Advocate the office of Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, whose job is to oversee Louisiana's tourism, the money is an investment. Louisiana has the opportunity to show off its assets and promote tourism in front of an audience of more than 25 million viewers. As it rolls down the streets of the Big Apple, the "Celebration Gator" float will carry Louisiana royalty on its back putting on a Jazz show.

Proudly representing the sound of the Bayou State is Louisiana's own "Trombone Shorty!" The famous New Orleans musician, accompanied by his Orleans Avenue brass band will be tooting his horn in this year's parade. The NOLA entertainer will be joined by Macy’s employees and their children, wearing gator costumes on board the massive float.

Join the celebration and tune in to watch the 96th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! Which, historic retail giant promises will be "bigger and better" this year. It will start 15 minutes earlier than normal, kicking off at 7.45 a.m.CT, rather than the usual 8 a.m.CT start time at 77th Street and Central Park West.

The parade will air live on Thanks Giving Day Nov. 24, on CBS and NBC TV networks and stream on several apps like Hulu, Peacock, and more. In addition to Louisiana's gator float, the legendary parade is set to feature 7 new giant balloons and 5 new floats will appear in the parade, which begins in New York City at 77th Street and Central Park West.

Happy Thanksgiving ya'll!

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