The 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is quickly approaching and this year, some amazing new floats will make their way down Seventh Avenue.
John Piper, VP of the Macy's Parade Studio, gave NBC's Today Show a sneak peek at the new floats for 2011 from the staging warehouse in Moonachie, NJ.
One new addition is the Zhu-Zhu Pets, which are popular plush-toy hamsters loved by many children. Piper referred to this as a ZHU-niverse. These adorable creatures will be traveling on an intergalactic-style float with carrots the size of humans.
Next up is the NHL's float, for those looking for some frozen fall fun, said Piper. In honor of the first hockey game of the year on Thanksgiving Friday, NHL and Discover have teamed up to create a floating ice rink on which children will skate during the parade.
Finally, Piper said Macy's will commemorate its 85th parade with a float made up of two enormous hats. One, a top hat, like Robin Hall wore; the other, a cowboy hat, like Gene McFadden wore. Both men have led the parade in the past.
NBC Chicago also got a preview of the Thanksgiving Day Parade stars.
Director Tim Burton has created an original balloon to float above the city -- a stitched-together rag doll creature named B. Boy.
Other newcomers will be Julius, the monkey icon of the Paul Frank brand, Nintendo star Sonic the Hedgehog, and the Aflac Duck.
Keep an eye out for the tricycloon, a balloon that is part tricycle, part balloon. These new novelties will fill the spots between floats and balloons.
And what is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade without some popular celebrity guests?
This year, attendees will include: Shelby Lynne, Cee Lo Green, Avril Lavigne, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, the cast of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond, and figure skater Johnny Weir.
A hint has been given in reference to the Spider-Man cast appearance. NBC Chicago says, If you're watching the parade live, keep your head up.
This year's parade will feature 25 large floats, numerous smaller floats, and 15 giant balloons, reports My FOXNY.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airs live on NBC at 9:00 a.m.