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TV Alert: Sesame Street at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Discussion in 'Sesame Appearances' started by Phillip, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Thursday morning don't miss the Sesame Street Muppets and cast with special guest Christopher Jackson on the "123 Sesame Street" float at The 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This will be the 42nd consecutive year that the cast of Sesame Street has made an appearance.

    The parade begins at 9 am eastern on NBC. Sesame Street's appearance is scheduled for approximately 10 am eastern.

    Please note, the parade may be delayed an hour or so for your time zone, so be sure to check local listings for accurate start times. Also in some markets, NBC will be re-airing the parade in the afternoon so check local times for broadcasts in your area.

    If you want to discuss the Muppets appearance in the parade, please join the discussion here.




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    Last edited: Nov 26, 2016
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  2. wiley207

    wiley207 Well-Known Member

    I saw Herry Monster on the Sesame Street float! Good to see him back in action!

    Just Elmo and Abby Cadabby were in the nest with Big Bird. They're still the two main Muppet stars it seems, with Big Bird as their sidekick...

    When they introduced the float, they played an instrumental of the 2009-2015 "Sesame Street" opening theme, like at the 2014 parade. At least it's a bit more relevant than the 1992 closing credits theme, which they used to play until after 2013. :p
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  3. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    That song did not really feature any of the Muppets really well.
  4. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Agreed... All we heard was a solo line by :wisdom: and another by :insatiable:. Then again, it's to be expected given their current kindness-kick campaign. Kind of makes me nostalgic for when they had songs that allowed the characters to sing different lines in more of an ensemble like "Dance Your Blues Away" or "Sing" which airs here on MCR.

    Meh, *shrugs in a :grouchy: manner.
  5. cjd874

    cjd874 Well-Known Member

    I was disappointed that the classic human actors weren't on the Sesame Street float. Alan and Nina were the sole cast members present...no Gordon, Susan, Luis or Bob...not even Gina, Gabi, or Chris. At least I saw Herry Monster on the float, and I've heard he may be returning to the show. So that's nice.

    I think I know why...the Muppet Show cast opened the parade this year, so that would mean people like Eric Jacobson, Matt Vogel, & David Rudman had to be working the Muppet characters instead of being on the SS float. There must have been some newcomers working on the SS float in that case. It's like when Kevin Clash played Cookie Monster in the 1979 Macy's Parade while Frank Oz and the other core puppeteers at the time were on the Muppet Movie float.
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  6. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Well it's a dubed song....
  7. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    Well, you could obviously hear Elmo singing the harmony.

    I just saw the performance, and it was a great treat to see them again. One question, though: why didn't they have Oscar the Grouch?
  8. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I know this isn't the first time cast members have been absent but, I was a little worried about Chris not being there. Last time cast members were missing it turned out to be a bad sign, plus I haven't really seen him in any behind the scenes stuff for season 48 yet, but then again, not that much has surfaced from that season so i'm probably just being paranoid.
    Yeah, I noticed that too. It's a bit odd, I don't think he's ever been missing from the float, not to mention, he's one of the six main characters on the show so it's a little surprising.
  9. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Oscar was there he was in the back of the float.
  10. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Actually, Gabi hasn't been on the show in about four years.
  11. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    That, plus Bob and Gordon and Luis were "let go" at the end of Season 46 earlier this year, so that could also explain their absence.
  12. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

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  13. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    Plus Frankie performed Grover for the event.
  14. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

  15. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    Actually Caroll Spinney wanted Noel to be the understudy for Big Bird but, Noel couldn't get the voice down.
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  16. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Oh, I didn't know they used alternate puppeteers for this appearance. It makes sense since I know Eric was performing Miss Piggy and Fozzie for the Muppet show Muppet appearances. I guess the other regulars weren't available either. I'm sure they had the regular puppeteers for the voices because as we often mention here, songs are pre-recorded. It did sound like Carroll as Big Bird.
  17. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Skip to 45:09 to see the performance:
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  18. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Chris never does the parades.
  19. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, I just looked at some past floats, and you're right, he wasn't there.
  20. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    I finally saw video of it, I liked the song, but there should have been more opportunity for the other characters to have a solo line and the float just isn't the same without some of the other human cast.

    Plus, I'm surprised that Chris has never been on any of the floats since he's been on the show. Maybe he didn't want to be in the parade at all?

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