Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2003 Poster

Balloons (Bold for new balloons)

Novelty Balloons (Bold Means New)

  • Gorgeous Gobbler (Recreation of 1950s Turkey Balloon, Retried)
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Stars
  • Pumpkins (2nd Version)
  • Mini Hot-Air Balloon (Retired)
  • ABC Bouncing Balls (Retired)
  • Happy Hippo (Retired)
  • Freda The Dachshund (Recreation of 1950s Dachshund Balloon)
  • Harold The Fireman
  • Macy's Stars & Stripes Balls
  • Uncle Sam
  • Flying Fish
  • Toy Solider
  • Macy's Blue Stars
  • Ice Cream Cone (Retired)
  • Cloe The Holiday Clown (Retired)
  • Charlie the Elf
  • Macy's Red Stars


  • M&M's Red and Yellow (Retired) - 6th and last Time
  • Green Dog - 4th Time
  • Percy the Penguin (Retired) - 3rd and last Time


  • Matt Lauer
  • Katie Couric
  • Al Roker

Broadway Musicals

  • Wicked
  • The Boy From Oz
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Never Gonna Dance

Floats (Bold for new floats)

  • Cornucopia
  • M&M's
  • Sesame Street 
  • Hess
  • Bob the Builder
  • Big Comfy Couch
  • Lego
  • Build A Bear Workshop
  • Animal Planet
  • Angelina Ballerina 
  • Wild West Express Train
  • Marshmallow Peeps
  • Barney & Friends
  • New York Daily News Big Apple
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Postal Service
  • Jolly Polly Pirate Ship 
  • Ecko Unlimited
  • Planters Nutmobile
  • Ronald McDonald's Big Red Shoe Car
  • American Insurance
  • Marion Carole Showboat
  • Hershey 
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Santa's Sleigh


  • Clay Aiken
  • Ben Bledsoe
  • Marshmellow Peeps
  • The Cast of The Big Comfy Couch
  • Michael Bolten
  • Kristien Chenoweth
  • Chicago
  • M&M's: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Blue
  • McDonald's: Ronald McDonald, Hamburglar, Birdie, and Grimace
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • The Cast of Sesame Street: Big Bird's Nest: Big Bird, Elmo, and Grover, Windows: (Top: Count Von Count, Baby Bear, Herry Monster, The Amazing Mumford, Praire Dawn, Zoe), (Bottom: Telly Monster, Cookie Monster, Rosita, Ernie, Bert), Oscar's Trash Can: Oscar the Grouch, On the Floor: Barkley, Alice Snufflepagus, Gordon, Bob, Gina, Alan, Luis, Maria, Gabi, Miles and the Kids
  • Judy Collins
  • Jim Dale
  • Hilary Duff
  • Harvey Fierstein
  • Tyler Hanes
  • Barney and Friends: Barney, Baby Bop, and BJ
  • Planters: Mr. Peanut
  • Patrick King Jr.
  • The Wiggles: Greg, Anthony, Jeff, Murray, and Captain Feathersword
  • Kool & The Gang
  • Kate Levering
  • Idina Menzel
  • The Radio City Rockettes
  • Mya
  • Bob the Builder: Bob the Builder, Scoop, and Pichard
  • Stacie Orrico
  • Ipsita Paul
  • Angelina Ballerina
  • Simple Plan
  • Ruben Studdard
  • Bernie Williams
  • Special Tribute to Bob Hope

Performer Groups

  • America Sings

Marching Bands


  • This is the only post-1971 parade not to begin with Tom Turkey, who traditionally appears at the start of the parade.