Macy’s Pink Pig: Atlanta Holiday Tradition

by Desiree Miller on October 27, 2016

Patients from the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta enjoy a ride on the Macy’s Pink Pig at Macy’s Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. From its debut in the ‘50s as a children’s ride, five generations of Atlantans have ridden the Macy’s Pink Pig into the holiday season. (John Amis/AP Images for Macy's)

Patients from the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta enjoy a ride on the Macy’s Pink Pig at Macy’s Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. From its debut in the ‘50s as a children’s ride, five generations of Atlantans have ridden the Macy’s Pink Pig into the holiday season. (John Amis/AP Images for Macy’s)

There are certain things about living in Atlanta you just come to embrace: shows at the Fox, direct flights to anywhere in and out of Hartsfield Jackson Airport, and the Macy’s Pink Pig during the holidays.

It’s part of a beloved holiday tradition for several decades in Atlanta. It debuted in the ‘50’s as a children’s ride (the old version was a cart suspended in air and now hangs at the Atlanta History Center as part of the Atlanta in 50 Things Display).

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Priscilla – the original Pink Pig – began as a monorail along the ceiling of Rich’s, giving children the experience of “flying over” the toy department. Later, another pig – Percival – was added and they became known as the Pink Pig monorail twins. Years later, the monorail was relocated to the roof of the department store and the “monorail twins” took passengers on rooftop rides viewing downtown Atlanta and circling the Great Tree.

In 2003, The Pink Pig was unveiled again, back on track beneath a 170-foot, 1950’s themed Pink Pig Tent at the Lenox Square Mall upper-level parking deck near Macy’s.

It’s fun and festive and completely fabulous for the under 10 set. Or, for those looking for a ride down memory lane.

It’s one of those things you did as a kid, and one of those things you will probably take your own children to do if you live in the ATL.

It’s been around so long that now, five generations of Atlantans have ridden the Pink Pig into the holidays.

But it’s more than fun. A portion of proceeds from each ride benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. So far, Macy’s has donated more than $735,000 to CHOA.

The ride officially opens to the public this weekend, Saturday, October 29, 2016 and will run through January 1, 2017. Each ride costs $3 and repeat rides have a special discounted price (2 rides for $5.50, 3 rides for $7.50).

Here’s video from our ride a few years ago.

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