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The Inside Scoop on South Dakota's Float

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We've posted a couple of times here on the travel blog about the exciting new addition to this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - a South Dakota inspired float! If this is the first time you're hearing the news, allow me to enlighten you.

The South Dakota Office of Tourism and several Black Hills area partner organizations teamed up with the folks at Macy's Parade Studios to design a brand-spanking new float that will appear in the famous parade in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Since we first blogged about the float, several of you - our faithful readers - have asked when, specifically, the South Dakota float will be making its national parade debut. We can't quite nail it down to the minute, but via the Black Hills water-cooler conversation grapevine, we can sure narrow it down for you.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade itself will air on NBC stations across the country from 9:00AM to Noon in all markets. Forget about what time zone you're in - the parade is scheduled to be on your local NBC channel from 9 to Noon wherever you are watching from.

Now, here's the really good part - a little bird (and, a mighty reliable one at that) shared with me that the South Dakota float will appear on TV sometime between 10:15AM and 10:30AM on Thursday morning, Thanksgiving day.

Keep your eyes peeled for Ronald McDonald's Big Red Shoe Car and Balloon in the parade line-up. It's rumored that the cool new South Dakota float will cruise through downtown New York just shortly after the giant red-headed clown.

If your family is anything like mine, you'll probably have the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on all morning anyway. But, round about 10:15AM this Thursday - stop the stuffing-making, pause the potato mashing and watch the parade for a few minutes to see South Dakota and the Black Hills represented nationally in a very big, bold way.


Organizations that helped make the South Dakota float possible include: the Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Tourism Association, Custer Chamber of Commerce and BID Board, Deadwood Chamber and Visitors Bureau, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society, Rapid City CVB and BID Board, South Dakota Office of Tourism and Visit Spearfish and BID Board.

About the Author

Joe is a resident of Spearfish, S.D. He grew up in the tall-corn state of Iowa, where he developed an early interest in all things outdoors. After high school he moved to Vermillion, S.D., where he earned his bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising.

During his college years, two things caught his attention: the beauty of western South Dakota’s Black Hills and a girl from those Black Hills. After graduating from college, Joe traveled across the country as a recruiter for the University of South Dakota. He saw the sights from Pittsburgh to Las Vegas and everywhere in between, but it was the Black Hills (and the girl) that kept drawing him back.

He and wife moved back to the Black Hills in 2008. He's an avid hiker, mountain biker and road cyclist whose future plans include trying to fit a pair of kayaks into the spare bedroom.

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