SeaWorld is a United States chain of marine mammal parks, oceanariums, animal theme parks, and rehabilitation centers owned by SeaWorld Entertainment.
SeaWorld was first represented in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1986, where they had a balloon of the Baby Shamu orca. A separate article can be read here.
SeaWorld debuted a new float in 2013 to celebrate their 50th anniversary. From sea turtles, penguins and angel fish to sharks and breaching whales, amazing sea sculptures abound on the new float. Featuring rolling ocean waves, the gentle movement of swaying kelp and a vibrant school of tropical fish, the scene takes spectators on an extraordinary undersea journey. Taking center stage on the “A Sea of Surprises” float is the iconic Shamu, breaching 27-feet above the millions of Parade spectators lining the streets of Manhattan.
Unfortunately, the float was criticized by PETA protesters, and during the 2014 parade, they escaped from the barricades and held picket signs in attempt to stop the float from passing by, but they were caught by the NYPD.
The float wasn't seen again after the 2014 parade, and is certainly never returning, due to the hate on the float, and also due to SeaWorld ending its orca breeding program in 2016.
Below, you will find all of the celebrities/performers that appeared on the float
- 2013: Tituss Burgess & Beverley Staunton
- 2014: Julie Scardina & Pedro Ramos-Navarrete