The Macy’s Pink Pig Ride – Atlanta’s Holiday Tradition Benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

The Macy’s Pink Pig has been a beloved Atlanta tradition for more than 50 years.

From its debut in the ’50s as a children’s ride at the downtown Rich’s store, to its short term location change at the Egleston Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees, five generations of Atlanta residents have ridden the Macy’s Pink Pig into the holiday season.  Red Robin Realtors love Atlanta and the fun family events, visit our website regularly to read all of the up-to-date Atlanta happenings. 

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This years Pink Pig holiday tradition was kicked off by , Marlie, a 6-year-old patient from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, who enjoyed the first ride as this year’s Macy’s Pink Pig Very Important Patient (VIP). Earlier this year, Marlie was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia after she came home from school with a big bruise on her hip from falling on the playground. Since then, Marlie has been on Immunosuppressive Therapy for 5 months and receives blood and platelets as needed. _ Reported by 11 Alive news and AJC.

Macy's Pink Pig through the years

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, Priscilla the Pink Pig was re-introduced to a new generation of Atlantans. Since then, she has been 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.

Atlanta’s most “pink-tacular” train ride travels along train tracks to carry children and parents through a life-sized storybook that includes the original Pink Pig and other holiday friends.

Once again, a portion of the proceeds from each ride will benefit the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. To date, Macy’s has donated more than $600,000 to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


The ride opened to the public on Saturday, November 1, 2014 and will run through January 4, 2015.

Each ride costs $3 and repeat rides have a special discounted price (2 rides for $5.50, 3 rides for $7.50). True to tradition, a portion of the proceeds from each ride will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


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