Last year, a Thanksgiving Day float bearing a pair of orca whales was met with outrage and protests from onlookers on the streets of New York City. One protester, a 12-year-old girl named Rose McCoy, even hopped a barricade to run out in front of the float and got arrested as a result.
Despite fierce backlash, SeaWorld is planning to take its Shamu show to the streets again this year. SeaWorld is not listed yet on the docket, but a spokesperson for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade confirmed to The Dodo that SeaWorld will have a float this year, and declined to comment on the controversy surrounding the company.
SeaWorld hasn't publicly announced its participation in the parade yet, but a contest on its website is offering to fly out winners to watch the parade - and, presumably, to see the SeaWorld float: