I LOVE everything about Macy’s annual balloon inflation (on the eve of the Thanksgiving Day Parade). It used to be a bit under-the-radar but now more than 1MM people show up for it – rain or shine!! So if you’ve never done it before, put it on your schedule for next year and get here early – by 3pm is best and make sure you also chat with the “balloonatics” (those are the crews in charge of each of the characters).
This year, 4 new characters are flying for the first time: Angry Birds’ Red by Rovio Entertainment; DINO by Sinclair Oil; Ice Age’s Scrat and his Acorn by Twentieth Century Fox; and Ronald McDonald.
I also saw the following characters – in various stages of inflation: Finn & Jake, Wimpy Kid, The Elf on the Shelf, Hello Kitty, Toothless, Pikachu, Pillsbury Doughboy, Skylanders Eruptor, Snoopy & Woodstock, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, and Thomas the Tank Engine. Returning balloonicles (a Macy’s Parade hybrid of cold-air balloon and vehicle) include The Aflac Duck and the KOOL-AID Man on a skateboard!
Pics below from start to finish: