Students and local Boy and Girl Scout troops from New Jersey got a tour Tuesday of the Macy's Parade Studio in Hoboken where the floats are assembled.
"I saw a lot of nice floats. They were very creative, and I liked them very much," said 9-year-old Makayla Cordoba, a fourth-grader from Hoboken.
Themes of the new floats include the popular bilingual cartoon heroine of Nickelodeon's "Dora The Explorer" and a float featuring a replica of Mount Rushmore.
John Piper, the vice president of Macy's Parade Studios, said this year's parade will feature 25 large floats, a number of new smaller floats, and 15 giant balloons.
Two additions to the balloon collection this year include a character from the movie "Kung Fu Panda" and the children's story "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," according to Piper.
Dancing elves, gigantic ducks and movie characters in costume greeted the children, who saw step-by-step how Macy's famous parade balloons and floats are assembled.
The parade starts at 9 a.m. in New York City on Nov. 25 and is scheduled to air on NBC.