This year’s Balloon Inflation for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was so NICE. I don’t recall the last time it was this warm (mid-50’s) with NO rain or snow. And once again, super organized. Hard to believe they may not fly today because of wind.
What is not so nice about Balloon Inflation is how popular it’s become
First, the crowds are getting bigger and people are getting there earlier. I arrived at 3:30 pm and it was wall-to-wall. And way more press this year than I’ve seen previously. Security is also tight so be prepared for it to take 30 minutes to get from the entry point to the balloon inflation area.
Second, there seem to be fewer giant balloons in the parade. We’re also seeing more entertainment and cartoon characters and fewer corporate brands, e.g., Ronald McDonald, Pillsbury Doughboy, Aflac Duck.
Here are this year’s “first flight” balloons:
- Astronaut Snoopy (done in partnership with NASA)
- Green Eggs and Ham
- Smokey Bear
- Yayoi Kusama