Inside the Macy*s Parade Studio


A Hoboken411 reader Maureen Sullivan sent this clip in that Channel 11 News did yesterday about the Macy*s Thanksgiving Parade Studio in Hoboken!

Kids were mystified!

“I thought you might like to link to this video from Channel 11 news on Wednesday. It’s kids (fourth graders), including my daughter Julia (the one talking about how small she feels compared with everything so big around her) from Connors School as well as Hoboken Charter on their visit to Macy’s workshop on Willow and 15th. Not many people get inside the factory, so this is a little glimpse into Hoboken’s link to the big parade!”

Sneak Peek of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

It’s that time of year again, when Snoopy, Garfield, and the whole gang take to the skies for the 82nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

This year, the parade will feature 28 floats and 13 giant balloons to make up the two and a half mile assembly.

For the past 50 years, the floats and balloons featured in the world famous parade have been designed just across the Hudson at the Macy’s Parade Studio in Hoboken, New Jersey.

The real winners in all this: the children of Hoboken. Parade organizers took time out of their busy schedule Tuesday to give several local children a sneak peek of this year’s parade.

Among the new balloons joining this year’s line-up are Toy Story’s Buzz Light Year and the bluest man in town, Papa Smurf.

Look for the Parade to hit the big city late Wednesday night, when the floats travel through the Lincoln tunnel to 77th St and Central Park West, to gear up to head down the parade route.

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Macy’s to bring parade magic to Moonachie Wednesday, October 13, 2010 BY JOAN VERDON THE RECORD STAFF WRITER Politicians, developers, and parade float painters, builders and designers gathered in Moonachie on Tuesday to celebrate the groundbreaking for a building that will ensure the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade continues to step off each year in New Jersey. Macy’s is moving its parade studio – the place where floats are built and balloons are given a trial float – from the Hoboken factory it has used for 40 years to a new, larger space on State Street in Moonachie. The 71,476-square-foot building is being built by Russo Development of Carlstadt and is expected to be finished next August. Macy’s officials said they have outgrown their 40,000-square-foot Hoboken space – a converted Tootsie Roll factory – and that expansion there wasn’t an option. They said they needed a new site that could be the studio’s home for the next 75 years or more. “In our current, much beloved studio in Hoboken, we have a giant banner that reads ‘The Magic Begins Here’,” said Robin Hall, senior vice president of Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group. “Starting here, and starting now, the magic begins” in Moonachie, said Hall, as he prepared with other officials for the groundbreaking ceremony. Edward Russo, president and chief operating officer of Russo Development, and Robert Ceberio, executive director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, said the project was the beneficiary of something that is pretty magical in New Jersey… Read more »

I love the Stewie Griffin balloon! :mrgreen: