TMNT: my only reason for watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year.

Nickelodeon's TMNT Float

My yearly tradition of getting wasted the night before Thanksgiving means I’m never up early enough to catch the entirety of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and if I do I’m usually too busy in the kitchen to pay it much attention, but it’s one of those things I put on TV anyway because the annual routine of it is strangely comforting. Something about the mindless commentary over the din of cheering crowds and those fleeting moments of marching band music in between terrible lip-synched pop songs instills within me a real sense of purpose and tradition as I stuff things up a turkey’s ass. But in general you could say Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade festivities are not something I’m wildly enthusiastic about (although that one time Rick Astley RickRoll’d my living room was pretty sweet.)

This year, however, I’m making an effort to get up early and DVR-ing the parade because the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be a part of it. Not only that, but they’ll have their own float (check it out above) which I think is a first. The last time I can remember the TMNT being in the parade it was an ultra-lame affair that involved bad costumes and santa hats:

 (Actually I don’t even really know if I truly remember this or if I want very strongly to believe that I do, but either way, thanks to Matt of X-Entertainment.com for preserving this historical moment.)

For the many hundreds of pop culture icons who have been paid tribute with their very own float in Macy’s annual parade, it’s almost weird to realize the TMNT have never been one.  So good on ‘ya, Nickelodeon, for remedying such an egregious oversight.

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