Louisiana Gator Float makes a Macy’s Day Parade debut

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Delivering a piece of the French quarter on a 60 ft. walking alligator is no simple task.

“Creative process for this float in particular had to do with trying to experience Louisiana and New Orleans as honestly as possible,” said Concept Creator Joey Ammons.

Ammons said bringing the large gator float to life meant diving deep into Louisiana’s rich culture with an eye for detail.

“The crawfish, even the chili peppers, the flowers, all the things that make Louisiana unique,” said Ammons. “The entire alligator moves. The arms, the mouth and even the tail.”

The idea behind the celebration gator started with a sketch and ended with a final design approved by the Louisiana Department of Tourism almost immediately. 

“They saw a giant moving alligator and were just completely taken by it,” said Ammons.

State officials hope the float will promote Louisiana as a tourism destination to welcome back visitors. 

“It’s really a journey of collaboration,” said Ammons.

Inspired by Louisiana’s culture and tourist appeal, the “Celebration Gator” featured a colorful street view of Louisiana with a blend of the New Orleans French Quarter architecture with heavy influences and Creole fashion. Performing aboard was New Orleans Native Jon Batiste.

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