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RAM TRUCKS MADE THE MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE HAPPEN

Over 20 Trucks Towed The Parade Floats

Ram Trucks

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! While 2019 has been a year of news so far involving electric Mustang SUVs, Camaro cancellations, and polygonal pickup trucks, there’s plenty to be thankful for as an American performance car, truck and SUV enthusiast. We have the launch of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the reveal of the mid-engined C8 Corvette, a more affordable V8 Camaro, loads of new Ford Bronco details, a resurgence in half-ton diesel trucks, and a greater push into the off-road segment. Be thankful. And if you were so inclined, there were celebratory Thanksgiving parades happening all over the country. But the biggest one is the 93rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and Ram Trucks was the brand that made it possible for the fifth consecutive year.

In total, Ram Trucks provided the parade with 65 pickup trucks and ProMaster commercial vans, many of which were used for behind-the-scenes functions leading up to the parade start. Approximately 26 Ram pickup trucks pulled the floats through Manhattan, while other vehicles assisted in moving the various parade materials and people that were needed to get the parade to happen. However, they couldn’t do anything to fix the Ronald McDonald float from partially deflating.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade draws more than 3.5 million spectators in New York City and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide. For 2019, the parade featured four Ram trucks that were fully wrapped to complement the float designs of Harvest in the Valley by Green Giant, Splashing Safari Adventure by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, Mount Rushmore’s American Pride by South Dakota Department of Tourism, and last but certainly not least, the Santa Claus.

Ram Trucks recently re-launched the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, as well as introduced the four-way Multifunction Tailgate on its trucks. Looking forward, the Ram Rebel TRX is inbound with Raptor-rivaling off-road abilities and Hellcat V8 power. A more approachable Ram Rebel TR was reportedly cancelled.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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