by Brian Lipton

Girl ScoutsGirl Scouts of the USA and Macy’s have announced that the first-ever Girl Scout-themed float is set to debut in the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will take place on Thursday, November 24, 2016.

On the float, girls will be “building a better world” by climbing and belaying on giant 3-D puzzle pieces that form a globe, using levers to connect the pieces. The float’s features and activities represent what Girl Scouts past and present have done and continue to do as they take action locally and globally. In addition to the giant 3-D puzzle pieces of the globe, the float features two dozen Girl Scout badges, representing everything from the outdoors to financial literacy and entrepreneurship, a friendship circle, and a Gold Award symbol that marks this year’s centennial of the organization.

“What better way to champion the amazing activities our Girl Scouts do and the impact they make every day than to give their accomplishments national visibility with a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Andrea Bastiani Archibald, PhD, chief girl expert at GSUSA. “Girl Scouts across the nation positively make the world a better place by identifying problems in their communities and developing innovative solutions to address them. Our intention is that, with our appearance in the parade, all girls will be inspired to realize their potential, encouraged to embrace challenges, and motivated to make a positive change in the world—and join us to do so!”

Girl Scouts“We are thrilled to welcome Girl Scouts to the Macy’s parade family,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “For the past 90 years, the Macy’s parade has provided unparalleled entertainment for millions of people spanning generations. We know the new Girl Scout float will showcase the fine work Girl Scouts do as they give back to their communities, discover the outdoors, and explore science, technology, engineering, and math. We are eager to see this new float make its inaugural trip down the streets of Manhattan this November.”

Additionally, to help the world recognize the contributions Girl Scouts make every day to build a better world, GSUSA will kick off a campaign in the fall that challenges girls to take action by addressing issues in their communities and the world, while encouraging the public to support girls, GSUSA, and local Girl Scout councils.