I’ve always wanted to be a dancer, but I’ve always thought I didn’t have what it takes. I’m not very coordinated and don’t have that natural rhythm that always seemed to be a requirement for a good dancer.
Now that I’ve seen the video I’m sharing with you today, I know without a doubt that I don’t have what it takes to be a dancer in a Disney parade like Celebrate! A Street Party.
Denny Newell, senior show director and creator of Celebrate! A Street Party, takes us behind the scenes and shows us what it takes to get ready for a Disney parade.
These wanna-be dancers must go through auditions, rehearsals, conditioning and more to appear in a parade. I guess it never occurred to me, but Denny points out that the crew in Celebrate! A Street Party must perform on-stage for a full hour on the parade route!
Today, I’m celebrating the dancers in Celebrate! A Street Party, and the next time I’m watching a parade, I will yell and cheer a little louder for those performers. Congrats, guys – you do great work every day.
And just for fun, here are some fun facts about Celebrate! A Street Party.
- Nearly 100 people perform in Celebrate! A Street Party each performance.
- At least 40 wigs are used for each performance.
- Celebrate! A Street Party opened on March 27, 2009.
- There have been more than 600 performances.
- Approximately 140 character drums are handed out to guests during each Show Stop.
- More than 250 lights are used on the parade floats alone.
- The Disneyland Park Parade Route has 32 “sound zones” with speakers and lights that can fade in and out as needed.
- In addition to birthdays, anniversaries, and first visits, each day a different occasion is celebrated, including holidays, promotions, and Statehood days!
- About 60 bags of confetti are shot out of cannons each Parade.