Monday, November 19, 2018

Girl Scout Adriana Gets a Look Behind the Scenes of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

This lucky girl from Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey’s Troop 20277 gives us the insider scoop about all things parade day.🤩

What event did you attend recently with your Girl Scout troop?

The event I attended was the ever-exciting Macy’s Parade Studio Day Tour! It took place on November 13, 2018, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Moonachie, New Jersey, at Macy’s Studio! Something that was unique about it was being able to see the floats that will be in the Thanksgiving Day parade before other people!🦃 My troop leader and other Girl Scouts from my council and the Northern New Jersey council all went there with me. Some fun facts about the event are that this year, Tom Turkey will be on a new, bigger float. Also, the maintenance of the balloons is serious work. There is a huge room where Macy’s staff does maintenance and repairs on the balloons. Some of the balloons are so big they take up the whole room! Another fun fact is that in order to make these incredible balloons, the technical engineers have to first create a mold model! Who knew it took so many skilled designers, engineers, and maintenance staff to create and keep the balloons looking pristine?

What did you learn during the event, and why is it important?

I learned how they build the models for the floats. Sometimes they make 3D ones to show what the floats should look like before they start building them. I also learned the floats are built out of wood, steel, and other materials. Some floats need to be finished as early as July 4 in order to be in the parade. The Girl Scout float is really incredible!💚 I can’t wait to see it again this year. And now I know how much work goes into building it!

Right there with you, Adriana! We’re also very excited for see the Girl Scout float again! This year’s theme is Building a Better World Through STEM. What science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) aspects are there when building a parade float?

The aspects of STEM used when building a parade float are engineering, math, and technology. Examples are, when designing floats, builders and designers have to measure (math), building the floats uses engineering skills, and when they make some of the things on the floats move on their own, they use technology and design to make sure everything looks great and is safe. Additionally, designers use different computer programs to develop the actual float concepts and models. 

What was the most exciting thing you saw during the event, and why?
The most exciting thing I saw was the huge Macy’s float with the Elf on the Shelf and its pets! 💯
It was exciting because our tour guide, Kate, sculpted those animals. I also loved this HUGE Nutcracker balloon that they were doing maintenance on. I can’t name just one! There was one more: the super cool Kalahari float with a bunch of moving safari animals.

What are you most looking forward to seeing during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Will you be watching the parade?

I am most excited to see the new Tom the Turkey float, because it’s much larger (than in previous years) and there is going to be a big surprise! I will be watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, though not in person but in the comfort of my warm house.

Anything else you want to let your fellow Girl Scouts know about your experience?

Yes! Some of the things on top of the parade floats can be moved by actual people or can be moved by a machine. To get to New York City🌇, the floats have to go through the Lincoln Tunnel. To get through the tunnel, the floats have to fold up or else they won’t fit!