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Grogu, Pikachu and Ada Twist Balloons Join Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Grogu, Pikachu and Ada Twist Balloons Join Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and those giant balloons featuring some of our favorite animated characters. This year, organizers of the 95th march are promising six new balloons to entertain the crowds, which will take flight on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue. The 2.5 mile stretch will feature returning favorites such as Snoopy from Peanuts, Goku from Dragon Ball and The Boss Baby as well as six new balloons:

Ada Twist, Scientist balloon

Ada Twist, Scientist balloon

  • Ada, the smart new character from Chris Nee’s animated series Ada Twist, Scientist (Netflix).
  • Grogu (a.k.a. Baby Yoda), who made his first appearance in last year’s hit Disney+ show The Mandalorian.
  • Pikachu and Eevee riding in a giant Poké Ball sleigh is the answer to every Pokémon fan’s holiday wish!
Grogu (The Mandalorian) balloon

Grogu (The Mandalorian) balloon

  • Ronald McDonald. McDonald’s clown icon may be scary to some, but the familiar figure will be back in what is billed as his fifth redesign.
  • Tiptoe the blue Reindeer is the star of Macy’s holiday campaign. This is the first time a balloon puppet will actually march in the parade, with the aid of several puppeteers.
  • Toni the Bandleader Bear. This other Macy’s Studio balloon is named after puppeteer Tony Sarg, who did a number of projects for Macy’s and the parade.
Pikachu & Eevee (Pokémon) balloon

Pikachu & Eevee (Pokémon) balloon

Attendance to the parade is limited to fully vaccinated guests and will have capacity limits. Children 11 and younger can attend with vaccinated adults. Social distancing is encouraged and masks are required.

The 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. ET on Nov. 25 in New York and ends at noon ET. It will air on NBC from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in all time zones on local TV stations.

Tiptoe balloon

Tiptoe balloon

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