Macy’s Thanksgiving Balloon Inflation: one of my absolute favorite NYC events!!

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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:

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Line-up of balloons on 79th Street by the American Museum of Natural History

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Details and photo-op

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Aflac Duck

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Happy Hippo

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Sponge Bob – still under wraps

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Skyland Eruptor with Hippo in background

 

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Pirate Booty with Skyland Eruptor in the background

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Active Morphin Power Ranger getting inflated

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Active Morphin Power Ranger boot

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New Ronald McDonald balloon – awaiting inflation

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Ronald McDonald with Power Ranger in background

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Kool Aid Man on skateboard

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Wimpy Kid

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Hello Kitty

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Jake and Finn

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Scrat with Acorn and Jake and Finn in background

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Lots of media coverage – and lots of NYPD keeping us safe!!

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Angry Birds “Red” in foreground near Thomas The Tank Engine

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Thomas the Tank Engine

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How to train your Dragon’s Toothless

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DINO by Sinclair Oil

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Pikachu

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The Pillsbury Doughboy

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Another view of the Doughboy

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Yes, Virginia

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Elf on a Shelf

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Snoopy and Woodstock

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