Try this 12 months’s latest Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons and Floats

Prepare for a superb new vacation parade extravaganza because the 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes to the streets this Thursday.

New York Metropolis is as soon as once more rolling out the pink carpet for the annual occasion that follows the town’s streets from Central Park West to Macy’s residence base at thirty fourth Road and sixth Avenue. (Here is a enjoyable truth I simply realized: A particular Macy’s staff spends the night time earlier than the parade turning each single streetlight and visitors mild on the two.5-mile route out of the way in which of the oncoming balloons.)

This 12 months’s parade options greater than 5,000 volunteers, 700 clowns, 16 large character balloons, dozens of smaller inflatables, 26 floats, 12 marching bands and 9 efficiency teams. That is to not point out the musical stars, Broadway performances and, in fact, Santa Claus, all traversing the New York Metropolis parade route.

On behalf of TPG, I received a sneak peek on the latest balloons and floats over the previous two weeks that can be becoming a member of the route this 12 months. If the parade is a part of your Turkey Day celebration, I am right here to let you know that you simply will not be disenchanted.

Anticipate a number of kid-friendly enjoyable from 4 new floats, together with a number of candy treats and a enjoyable travel-themed possibility, plus seven new high-flying balloons that may put a smile in your face — even for those who’re only a child at coronary heart.

Need a sneak peek, too? Learn on.

New Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade floats

The Deliciously Delectable World of Willy Wonka

Though there is no actual sweet on this candy float based mostly on the upcoming film (belief me, I requested), there’s loads of eye sweet to absorb. There are 592,000 items of handcrafted prop sweets that fill the enormous sweet jars on the chocolate-themed float.

Another highlights to maintain an eye fixed out for: Willy Wonka’s purple velvet high coat, plus hat and cane, hanging by the “storefront door;” a “chocolate river” that flows across the base of the float; and a forest scene that appears as if it is all product of sweet, together with white chocolate rabbits and a pink cherry blossom tree full of cotton sweet.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

There is a parade’s price of retro throwback enjoyable on this Nickelodeon/Paramount float, beginning with Leo, Raphael, Donnie and Mikey, higher referred to as The Teenage Mutant Turtles. The enduring “heroes on the half shell” can be waving to the crowds from atop the three-story New York Metropolis road scene, full with a pizza store for “supply” by costumed volunteers of the turtles’ favourite meals.

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One other nice throwback to get excited for: Bell Biv DeVoe can be acting on the float’s “sewer” stage.

Brach’s Palace of Sweets


The parade will get even sweeter with a second candy-themed float. This one is by Brach’s and seems like Santaland meets Candyland; there’s plenty of Christmas theming, together with a rotating, blinged-out tree and a three-story, pink-iced gingerbread home.

Hold an eye fixed out for towering sweet canes which might be 9,720 occasions bigger than the precise vacation deal with. One other spotlight to look at for is singer Brandy performing dwell.

Igniting Recollections, Solo Range


At TPG, we love a superb journey theme, so I used to be excited to see this float of a basic campground scene full with an RV and an outside (Solo Range) hearth pit. The float is in a number of sections, with the campground linked to an RV linked to a fairly highly effective flatbed truck.

Hold an ear out because it rolls by for a efficiency by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors.

Good Burgermobile


There’s one other hit of tv nostalgia heading down the avenue: Kenan and Kel’s Good Burgermobile cruising towards the premiere of the Good Burger 2 film. That is technically a automotive, not a float, nevertheless it’s nonetheless going to be a scene-stealer with its large cheeseburger hood, scorching canine headrests, pickle hubcaps and french fry windshield wipers.

Better of all, Macy’s simply confirmed to TPG that Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell can be driving the 5,000-pound convertible down the parade route.

New Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloons 2023

On a cold November morning on the far outskirts of the Meadowlands, we additionally received a peek on the new balloons for this 12 months’s parade. Because it takes a number of hours to fill these large floatables up with helium, we did not see all of them within the air. Nonetheless, we did get the within scoop on every little thing to look at for.

Beagle Scout Snoopy balloon by Peanuts Worldwide


Okay, we won’t lie: Seeing a 42-foot-long, 34-foot-wide, 55-foot-tall Snoopy being inflated for the “Ballonfest” preview, with trusty Woodstock alongside for the trip, was a particular spotlight of our preparade reporting.

In response to Kathleen Wright, Macy’s director of manufacturing operation for the parade, that is the tenth model of Snoopy to drift within the parade (the final model was astronaut Snoopy). The Peanuts pooch debuted within the 1968 Macy’s Parade (55 years in the past) and has been the longest-running character balloon ever since.

Kung Fu Panda’s Po balloon by Common Photos’ Dreamworks Animation


“Kung Fu Panda 4” can be coming to the massive display screen in 2024. Earlier than it debuts, the title panda, Po, will actually be filling the sky on Thanksgiving. The 39-foot bear is crafted from 1,000 yards of material.

Leo balloon by Netflix, Inc.


There’s lengthy, after which there’s Leo balloon lengthy: The 73-foot lengthy balloon is the size of two phone poles laid out finish to finish. The float is so large it took practically 50 gallons of paint to get his inexperienced pores and skin glowing. (Leo, in case you have been questioning, is the primary lizard character voiced by Adam Sandler in a brand new animated film set to debut quickly on Netflix).

Uncle Dan balloon by Illumination

Nope, I did not know who Uncle Dan the duck was both. Nonetheless, I’ve it on good phrase that he’ll be the star of a brand new animated comedy referred to as Migration, which can premiere within the close to future. Even with out figuring out Dan, it is easy to be impressed by his large sandwich. The faux meals specialists at Macy’s say that if it was actual, it could embrace the components of seven,300 normal-sized sub sandwiches.

Monkey D. Luffy balloon by Toei Animation Inc.


Anime’s favourite pirate, Monkey D. Luffy, the beloved captain of the Straw Hats, is 50 ft tall — the size of a semi-trailer truck. (That is likely one of the many causes balloons are inflated close to the parade’s begin on Central Park West and never in New Jersey the place most of them are saved.)

Pillsbury Doughboy balloon

Here is a enjoyable truth to contemplate whereas watching the smiling Doughboy balloon float by means of the New York Metropolis streets: It will take greater than 4 million Pillsbury Crescent Rolls to create a “dough-sized” model of the balloon.

Blue Cat and Chugs by Cool Cats balloon


In case you are not aware of Blue Cat, do not feel unhealthy — I wasn’t both. However I can now let you know that this blue feline cartoon character is the primary ever NFT-based balloon within the parade, in keeping with Macy’s. Chugs, by the way in which, is a milk carton the 34-foot-tall Blue Cat is holding.

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