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This year, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade reaches its 95th anniversary. Here’s everything you need to know about the parade of magic including schedule, routes, floats and balloons, musical performances, and fun parade facts.

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A spectacle like no other returns this Thanksgiving to usher in the start of the holiday season as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes to the streets of New York City. On Thursday, November 25 at 9:00 A.M. The 95th march of the world-famous Parade of magic promises to bring the nation together in celebration featuring Macy’s signature mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, incredible marching bands, jubilant performance groups, whimsical clowns, music stars and the one-and-only Santa Claus.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates its 95th anniversary

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For more than nine decades, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has served to bring joy to millions, who gather with friends and family to experience this one-of-a-kind holiday celebration along the streets of New York City and in homes nationwide For the 95th celebration, Macy’s has created a spectacle to remember featuring a dazzling array of high-flying balloons, animated floats and incredible performers.

The 95th annual Macy’s Parade will feature 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands and 9 performance groups, a host of musical stars, and the one-and-only Santa Claus.

To safely produce the annual Thanksgiving Day event, Macy’s once again partnered closely with the City and State of New York to create a production plan that would ensure health and safety practices aligned with CDC guidelines, as well as current local and state government protocols.

Macy’s Parade music acts for 2021

The Macy’s Parade is always the holiday’s biggest stage for entertainment and this year will be no different. Featuring a mix of musical genres from Pop and R & B to Country, Classic Rock and K-Pop, the Parade will be the ultimate television party destination this November. Joining the festivities will be aespa, Jimmie Allen, Jon Batiste, Blue’s Clues & You! host Josh Dela Cruz and the former hosts of Blue’s Clues Steve Burns and Donovan Patton, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Jordan Fisher, Foreigner, the cast of Peacock’s Girls5eva (Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, Busy Philipps), Andy Grammer, Mickey Guyton, Chris Lane, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street®, Nelly, Kim Petras, Kelly Rowland, Rob Thomas, Carrie Underwood, Tai Verdes, Zoe Wees, and Tauren Wells; with an extra special appearance by the one-and-only Santa Claus.

Inflatable Icons of course

Since 1927 the world’s most popular characters have been transformed into high-flying art in the sky. Inspired by marionettes, the Parade’s balloons first debuted as upside down puppets filled with air and carried on sticks, before taking flight with the addition of helium. Over time the inflatables morphed to encompass balloonheads, hybrid inflatables with vehicles inside (balloonicles) and tandem tricycles (trycaloons).

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New giants joining the line-up this year include Ada Twist, Scientist by Netflix; a Funko Pop! inspired Grogu™ (a.k.a. Baby Yoda in pop culture) from the Star Wars™ series “The Mandalorian™,” Ronald McDonald® by McDonald’s® and Pikachu™ & Eevee™ by The Pokémon International Company.

Making return appearances to the skies above New York City are giant balloon favorites including Astronaut Snoopy by Peanuts Worldwide; The Boss Baby by DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures; Diary of A Wimpy Kid® by Abrams Books; Sinclair’s DINO® by Sinclair Oil Corporation; Goku by Toei Animations, Inc.; Chase from PAW Patrol® by Nickelodeon; Pillsbury Doughboy™ by Pillsbury™; Red Titan from “Ryan’s World” by Sunlight Entertainment and; Papa Smurf from The Smurfs by Nickelodeon; Sonic the Hedgehog by SEGA; and SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary by Nickelodeon.

The inflatable lineup also includes Sinclair’s Baby DINOs and the Go Bowling™ balloonicles; Smokey Bear by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service; and Macy’s very own special reindeer Tiptoe and Toni the Bandleader Bear.

A giant balloon pre-game event for hardcore fans

Macy’s signature giant character balloons will be prepared for their Thanksgiving Day flights on Wednesday, November 24, on the Upper West Side. The Macy’s Balloon Inflation Celebration will be open to public viewing from 12:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M., and will be limited to vaccinated guests and conducted with capacity limits to ensure social distancing practices are implemented.

Fantasy floats abound this year

From its inception, the Parade’s floats have transported spectators to magical worlds. These initial whimsical creations focused on nursery rhyme stories. Today the floats are multi-level animated wonders that dazzle with their artistry. Conceived and crafted by the incredible artisans of Macy’s Parade Studio – a design and production facility that includes carpenters, engineers, electricians, painters, animators, balloon technicians, sculptors, metal fabricators, scenic and costume designers – this year’s line-up of floats showcase the best of theatrical design. While they are built for entertainment, they are also a showcase of creative design, engineering, and skillful construction. To spectators they seem to float down the route, even though many are three stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide stages. However, if you dig a little deeper, the magic is revealed as each of these amazing floats are built to collapse to no more than 12 ½-feet tall and 8-feet wide to travel safely from the New Jersey home of the Parade Studio to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel for the annual celebration.

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This year six new floats will debut including Birds of a Feather Stream Together by Peacock® (cast of Peacock’s Girls5eva); Celebration Gator by Louisiana Office of Tourism (Jon Batiste); Colossal Wave of Wonder by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions (Nelly); Gravy Pirates by HEINZ; Magic Meets the Sea by Disney Cruise Line (Jordan Fisher and special guests); and Tiptoe’s North Pole.

The returning float roster and its scheduled performers include 1-2-3 Sesame Street® by Sesame Workshop™ (The cast and Muppets of Sesame Street); Big City Cheer by Spirit of America Productions (Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier); Big Turkey Spectacular by Jennie-O (Tai Verdes); Blue’s Clues & You! by Nickelodeon (Josh Dela Cruz, Steve Burns and Donovan Patton); The Brick-changer by The LEGO Group (Zoe Wees); Christmas in Town Square by Lifetime® (Kelly Rowland); Deck the Halls by Balsam Hill® (Kristin Chenoweth); Elf Pets® by The Lumistella Company; Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop by Entenmann’s® (Andy Grammer); Fantasy Chocolate Factory by Kinder™ (Darren Criss); Harvest in the Valley by Green Giant® (Jimmie Allen); Heartwarming Holiday Countdown by Hallmark Channel (Rob Thomas); Her Future is STEM-Sational by Olay (aespa); Home Sweet Home by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (Tauren Wells); Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree (Macy’s Choir); Mount Rushmore’s American Pride by South Dakota Department of Tourism (Chris Lane); Rexy in the City by COACH® (Kim Petras); Santa Express and Starflakes by Universal Orlando Resort; Santa’s Sleigh (Santa Claus); Tom Turkey; Toy House of Marvelous Milestones by New York Life (Foreigner) and Winning Winter Together by MassMutual and NHL® (Mickey Guyton).

As the Parade unfolds, making an extra special appearance down the route to delight kids of all ages will be Geoffrey, the beloved mascot of Toys”R”Us.

And don’t forget the Macy’s Parade marching bands!

The nation’s best marching bands are ready to strike it up and bring the beat to the holiday revelry. Joining the line-up are The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (Austin, TX), Brownsburg High School (Brownsburg, IN), Centerville High School (Centerville, OH), Hampton University (Hampton, VA), Lincoln-Way High School (Frankfort, IL), Macy’s Great American Marching Band (United States), NYPD Marching Band (New York, NY), Trabuco Hills High School (Mission Viejo, CA), Union High School (Tulsa, Oklahoma), and University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL).

Taking entertainment to the next level will be the Parade’s beloved performance groups who bring joy to spectators along the route and viewers watching from home. The 95th Parade will feature the dazzling dancers of Ballet Hispánico’s School of Dance, the harmonious voices of the Broadway Education Alliance Youth Choir, the fancy footwork of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios, the special tributaries of Indigenous Direction, the out of the world skills of J.U.M.P. (Jumpers United for Macy’s Parade), the razzle dazzle of the St. John’s Dance Team, the energetic Spirit of America Cheer and Spirit of America Dance Stars, and the moving voices of the Young People’s Chorus of NYC.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route kicks off from its traditional starting line

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For spectators wishing to enjoy the spectacle live, the 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9:00 A.M., kicking off from its traditional starting line at 77th Street and Central Park West. From there the procession will march down its signature 2.5-mile route taking it from Central Park West to Columbus Circle, turning onto Central Park South and then marching down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

Public viewing will be set up along designated portions of the route and managed by the NYPD. Spectators should avoid bringing large bags, umbrellas, backpacks and strollers. The public entering viewing streets may be subject to security search. For additional viewing information, please visit

How to watch this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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For decades, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been one of the nation’s most anticipated and watched holiday celebrations. Viewers nationwide can catch all the action via the special broadcasts on NBC and Telemundo, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., in all time zones, For the first time, fans can also stream the broadcast on Peacock. The TODAY Show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will host the three-hour telecast for NBC and Peacock. The Spanish language simulcast on Telemundo will be hosted by Ana Jurka and Carlos Adyan, accompanied by Freddy Lomelí reporting live from Sixth Avenue, and feature a special appearance by Miss Universe® Andrea Meza.

For the first-time ever, spectators enjoying the Parade on television and on Peacock, will experience several whimsical augmented reality effects throughout the show that will add another dose of Macy’s magic to the pageantry.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float lineup


Sesame Street, the iconic children’s television show powered by Sesame Workshop, has helped kids grow
smarter, stronger, and kinder for more than 50 years. This Thanksgiving, fans of all ages will enjoy seeing
their Sesame Street friends as they join in the holiday celebration.

Float Fact: In 2021, Sesame Street is celebrating its 45th appearance in the Parade.

Performance by: The cast and Muppets of Sesame Street


Three cheers for the float that celebrates the spirit of team sports and athleticism around the nation and
gets everyone hyped up for the holiday season!

Float Fact: The float uses a specialized LED technology that resembles neon but shines with more
luminosity and uses less than 3% energy consumption.

Appearance by: Miss America Camille Schrier


Returning for its second spectacular appearance is the grand Jennie-O float, glittering in the signature gold
and green hues of the iconic brand. This one-of-a-kind turkey stage features dancing show gals & guys and
has a Thanksgiving surprise under its hat!

Float Fact: This fabulous float already has big fans — each of the performers are carrying feathered fans
to bring the tail of the turkey to life!

Performance by: Tai Verdes


With a wink and wing flutter, Peacock – the full-fledged entertainment extraordinaire – takes its first flight
down the Parade route. Decked out in metallic & color-shifting paint, sparkling glitter & paillettes with a
mylar fringe skirt, this glitzy bird is unmissable. Just like Peacock, you can’t not watch this float!

Float Fact: Peacock is the first float to stream a live feed! With a camera perched on the Peacock and
monitors on the tail end, spectators get a bird’s eye view of the Parade!

Performance by: The cast of Peacock’s Girls5eva – Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula
Pell, Busy Philipps


Nickelodeon is celebrating 25 years of Blue’s Clues, and they can’t spell Blue without Y-O-U! Preschoolers
go on an interactive adventure to find clues with Josh. Or Joe. Or Steve! And here come all three of them,
taking a break from filming their upcoming movie set right here in the Big Apple to skidoo down the parade
route on their fantastic float.

Float Fact: Blue has been marking clues in the Parade since 1999; she’s been both a balloon and a float!

Performance by: Steve Burns, Donovan Patton and Josh Dela Cruz


This dynamic float from The LEGO Group gives families a sense of how the company’s colorful bricks have
inspired creativity and play among generations of children. Accompanied by the Free Build Team, the Brickchanger -part turkey, part dragon- rebuilds a drab LEGO brick landscape into a whimsical, bustling city that
is bursting with color.

Float Fact: If this were an actual LEGO set, it would be comprised of about 2,000 real LEGO elements!

Performance by: Zoe Wees


Crawling out of the bayou to join this year’s festivities is the Celebration Gator. Adorned in colorful azaleas,
magnolias and Mardi Gras beads, this float is a tribute to Louisiana’s rich culture, from its grand riverboats
to the famous French Quarter. Look through the logo to see the animators working in the belly of the beast!

Float Fact: This gargantuan gator is the longest Parade float ever; it measures 60 feet from mouth to tail!

Performance by: Jon Batiste


After celebrating the holidays with original Christmas movies for over 20 years, Lifetime makes its second
Parade appearance this year. This festive float’s charming town square brings to life a quintessential wintry
scene reminiscent of a Lifetime holiday movie scene.

Float Fact: With all of the snow in the town square, you could make approximately 9,000 snowballs!

Performance by: Kelly Rowland


Kalahari returns to the Parade with an all-new adventure-themed float this Thanksgiving. Focus on the
elephant family featured; the majestic momma’s trunk blows glitter sky-high, while bubble-blowing baby
elephants ride the Colossal Wave of Wonder along with a surfing rhino and swimming octopus. Lively
lighting creates the rippling water look in this fun-filled scene.

Float Fact: The float skirt is an original design by renowned South-African artist Karabo Poppy.

Performance by: Nelly


Balsam Hill’s “Deck the Halls” float embodies the spirit of a traditional family Christmas. Modeled after a
time-honored wooden Christmas pyramid, this float is hand-painted with delicate wooden carvings to reflect
Christmas celebrations. At the base, multiple Balsam Hill trees are adorned with decorations to reflect a
host of family traditions. The float’s centerpiece is a stunning, moving children’s carousel.

Float Fact: The float is trimmed with more than 300 feet of garland and a giant Balsam Hill Vermont White
Spruce, which was carefully crafted to replicate a real tree and stands three stories tall.

Performance by: Kristin Chenoweth


Once again, the Elf Pets Reindeer join the Elf on the Shelf® Scout Elves – along with Santa’s Saint Bernards
and arctic foxes – to remind us that Christmas spirit is ultimately found in faith, hope and love.

Float Fact: The Elf Pets® float made its first appearance in the 2018 Parade featuring the St. Bernards and
reindeer and were later joined by their Arctic fox friends!


Designed to mirror a colorful bakery, this two-level float will evoke the fun spirit of Entenmann’s® baked
goods, complete with a bursting cupcake confetti chimney, an oversized baking mixer, rotating donuts and
a traditional bake shop case displaying mouthwatering desserts.

Float Fact: The enormous mixing bowl on the float can hold enough dough to bake over 70,000 cookies!

Performance by: Andy Grammer


The Kinder brand is all about creating surprising moments and memorable experiences, and this float is no
exception. A sky-high chocolate factory featuring a production line including a rotating Ferris wheel-like
machine with egg-shaped gondolas delivering cocoa to be manufactured into delectable chocolate

Float Fact: The float features multiple turning gears, flashing lights and ticking gauges, giving the chocolaty
fantasy factory a steampunk aesthetic.

Performance by: Darren Criss


The float depicts the harvest of fall delights in a stunning, rolling landscape where the Green Giant ensures
the veggies are picked at the peak of perfection. While the Green Giant kneels to harvest the perfect ear of
corn, one of the most popular Green Giant vegetables on Thanksgiving, Little Green Sprout eagerly gathers
green beans.

Float Fact: Last year, this float was refreshed with new trimmings, the addition of a windmill and Little
Green Sprout who has been the Green Giant’s veggie-loving apprentice since 1972.

Performance by: Jimmie Allen


At several stories tall, this 3-D Christmas calendar masterpiece helps everyone kick-off the holidays with a
merry float of wonder. As a premier destination for holiday entertainment, Hallmark Channel ushers in the
season with its beloved annual tradition “Countdown to Christmas,” featuring a full slate of all new original
movies. This magnificent float counts down to the 25th of December, complete with festive surprise behind
each “date.”

Float Fact: If the candy cane on the float were real candy, it would have over 32,000 calories!

Performance by: Rob Thomas


Returning to our Thanksgiving lineup is iconic skin care brand Olay with a float that celebrates & inspires
females to shoot for the stars in pursuing opportunities, studies & careers in science, technology,
engineering & math (STEM). This cosmic creation captivates with twinkling lights, a robotic arm & turning

Float Fact: Olay’s astronaut woman would be over 40’ tall when standing, at that height, her rocket ship
would need to be approximately the same size as the tallest skyscraper in NYC.

Performance by: aespa


The Cracker Barrel float returns to New York City to bring care to homes across America. Reminding
everyone they’re welcome to the table, the Cracker Barrel float features iconic memorabilia found in its 660-
plus stores, like the famous hearth, peg game, oil lamp and front porch – complete with rocking chairs!

Float Fact: The five barrels depicted on the float are fashioned after the wooden barrels filled with soda
crackers that were in country stores back in the day, a nod to the inspiration behind the Cracker Barrel

Performance by: Tauren Wells


Captain Minnie Mouse is at the helm as Disney Cruise Line’s float makes its maiden voyage in the Big
Apple! Modeled after their newest ship, the Disney Wish, which will set sail next summer, it features classic
filigree trim on the bow; plus, Mickey-shaped porthole mirrors allow spectators to see themselves on a
Disney cruise.

Float Fact: This is the first Parade float that is longer than the float bed; the bow of the ship juts out eight

Performance by: Jordan Fisher and special guests


Washington. Jefferson. Roosevelt. Lincoln. The Parade gets the presidential treatment to bring viewers
face-to-face with Mount Rushmore National Memorial, one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks and
beloved national parks.

Float Fact: In addition to the iconic presidents, the float features indigenous animals of the Great Plains
and elements representing South Dakota’s Native American heritage.

Performance by: Chris Lane


Led by its mascot Rexy, COACH makes a glittering appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,
complete with a carnival-style reimagining of New York City! Towering above the streets at over two stories
tall, this fearless fashion dino inspires Coachies around the world to be true to who they really are.

Float Fact: In 2019, COACH debuted as the first luxury fashion brand to have a float in the Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Performance by: Kim Petras


The Santa Express is a magnificent recreation of a vintage steam locomotive. It pulls into 34th Street
carrying a bunch of excited elves and its Santa hat-wearing Starflake balloon escorts. This float is over 78
feet long and spouts a plume of steam more than thirty feet in the air from the smokestack.

Float Fact: This impressive locomotive was built over an actual school bus!


It’s time to BELIEVE, as the one-and only Santa Claus makes his way to Macy’s Herald Square. Straight
from his home at the North Pole, Santa will ride his sleigh through the streets of New York City, delighting
children and adults alike. Depicting Santa’s magical night of travel around the globe on Christmas Eve, we
see the famed Toy Shop, his giant bag of gifts and the beloved reindeer pulling the sleigh.

Float Fact: Santa’s Sleigh is the largest float in the Parade at 60-feet long, 22-feet wide and 3 ½ stories


A cherished fan favorite, this float returns as mission control for the launch of Astronaut Snoopy who will be flying high above the streets. It features a mailbox full of greeting cards and letters, a dish full of dog
bones, and the doghouse itself, where Woodstock is peering into space through a telescope.

Float Fact: Accompanying Snoopy on his launch is his pal Charlie Brown, decked out for the space mission
and cheering on the high-flying beagle with some special friends.


Decked out in autumnal hues, Tom Turkey will once again usher in Thanksgiving as the lead float. Our
festive gobbling friend will make his appearance in a flurry of confetti with his wings flapping, eyes rolling
and head bobbing accompanied by dancing showgirls and exuberant cheerleaders. This festive fan favorite
is second only to Santa!

Float Fact: Tom Turkey, the longest running title float in the Parade, is the only self-propelled float.


New York Life brings us a toy house float which explores key life moments and milestones, like graduation,
marriage, retirement and a birthday, through the eyes of paper doll characters. This float tells the timeless
story of bringing people together, working hand-in-hand to build better futures for loved ones and having a
positive impact on communities for generations to come.

Float Fact: The toy house’s address is 51, a nod to the address of New York Life’s Home Office, a National
Historic Landmark located at 51 Madison Avenue at the site of the original Madison Square Garden. Its
signature gold peak has been a beacon in the New York City skyline for almost 100 years.

Performance by: Foreigner


Hockey fans get a rink-side seat with MassMutual’s fan-favorite float where skaters work as a team to try
and slide one by the super-sized Snowman goalie on a realistic replica of a small town’s frozen pond rink.

Float Fact: Although it is made of synthetic ice, the rink’s hard surface allows for real skating.

Performance by: Mickey Guyton


Ronald McDonald® will cruise down the streets of NYC Thanksgiving morning in his one-of-a-kind vehicle.
Driving with him are his good friends Grimace and Hamburglar.

Float Fact: The Big Red Shoe Car is equal to a men’s size 266 shoe.


Bringing the magic to Thanksgiving morning and making its mouth-watering Parade debut is the HEINZ
Gravy Boat featuring a band of Gravy Pirates! Be on the lookout for the gallivanting Gravy Pirates patrolling
the route; their mission is to fight dryness this Thanksgiving by smothering dinner in savory HEINZ gravy!

Float Fact: The gravy boat is a new Parade element called a Floalloonicle; part float, part balloon and part

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon lineup


Ada, the pint-sized scientist from the popular Netflix series Ada Twist, Scientist, sets off on her first Parade
adventure this Thanksgiving. This balloon version of Ada is as big as her giant-sized curiosity! With a pen
tucked behind her ear and sporting her signature lab coat, Ada shows us the magic of SCIENCE all around

Balloon Dimensions: 41-feet long, 29-feet wide, 51-feet tall

Fun Fact: If you lined up 27 real pens, they would equal the length of the pen behind Ada’s ear!


Celebrating the wonder of space flight, Snoopy – the longest running giant character balloon in the Macy’s
Parade – will return to the sky above New York City decked out in astronaut gear. This balloon design
marks the eighth version of Charles M. Schulz’s treasured comic character and was built to celebrate the
legacy of Peanuts’ relationship to the Apollo missions and future space missions.

Balloon Dimensions: 43-feet long, 29-feet wide, 49-feet tall

Fun Fact: This year’s appearance will be Snoopy’s 42nd, the most of any balloon! His very first balloon
was the 1968 Flying Ace, and a year later he was reworked as an Apollo astronaut.


The adorable suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying Boss Baby returns to the Parade this year. Don’t let his cute
looks fool you, this big baby is all business when it comes to completing any secret mission he is assigned.

Balloon Dimensions: 32-feet long, 28-feet wide, 48-feet tall

Fun Fact: The Boss Baby is carrying a briefcase so big it can hold 540,000 crayons!


Greg Heffley, the mega-popular star of the internationally best-selling book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid,
will appear for the twelfth time this Thanksgiving. The second edition of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon
takes flight celebrating the release of the 16th book in the series, “Big Shot.” Once again, Greg will delight
millions of fans as he seemingly slips on ice during his New York City visit.

Balloon Dimensions: 62-feet long, 32-feet wide, 62-feet tall

Fun Fact: Both balloon versions of Greg Heffley have featured him clutching his trademark “Diary.”


Sinclair Oil Corporation and DINO (pronounced DYE-NO), America’s most famous Apatosaurus, return to
NYC. DINO is a classic Parade balloon, first appearing in the 1963 Macy’s march.

Balloon Dimensions: 72-feet long, 24-feet wide, 36-feet tall

Fun Fact: The original DINO balloon was inducted as an honorary member of the Museum of Natural
History in 1975, and the balloon returned to the Macy’s Parade in 2015, after nearly 40 years.


The legendary hero of the Dragon Ball franchise returns to the streets of Manhattan for another Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day Parade® appearance. Dragon Ball, a Japanese anime series that first aired in the US
over 25 years ago, focuses on Goku, a Saiyan warrior who is peaceful, good-natured, loving, and honest –
many adjectives that describe the celebration of Thanksgiving!

Balloon Dimensions: 70-feet long, 36-feet wide, 56-feet tall

Fun Fact: The Goku balloon is depicted in his Super Saiyan Blue form, which represents a new era of the
Dragon Ball franchise.


Soaring into NYC inspired by a galaxy far, far away …. is fan favorite, Grogu, from the beloved Star Wars™
series The Mandalorian™. This larger-than-life balloon is inspired by the Child Funko Pop! releasing this

Balloon Dimensions: 29-feet long, 37-feet wide, 41-feet tall

Fun Fact: Grogu’s 37-foot ear span is longer than a telephone pole is tall!


Hailing all the way from Adventure Bay, PAW Patrol’s Chase takes to the sky this Thanksgiving. This
fearless rescue pup from the number-one preschool series, PAW Patrol, is ready to come to the ruff-ruffrescue and show the citizens of New York that “no job is too big, no pup is too small.”

Balloon Dimensions: 60-feet long, 36-feet wide, 43-feet tall

Fun Fact: Chase’s hat could cover an actual police squad car and his paws are larger than two full-grown
Great Dane dogs.


Pokémon returns to the Parade with a new balloon for its 25th anniversary! A celebration is always better
with friends, so this design features not only Pikachu but Eevee too! These two popular Pokémon are all
smiles as they adorably sled down the route and into the holiday season.

Balloon Dimensions: 48-feet long, 23-feet wide, 34-feet tall

Fun Fact: Each blade on the sleigh is about the same length as a semi-trailer truck!


Inspiring Thanksgiving bakers across the U.S., the classic Pillsbury Doughboy (full name: Poppin’ Fresh)
takes flight down the Parade route to celebrate with millions of Americans as they enjoy both his cheerful
giggle and home-baked holiday treats.

Balloon Dimensions: 54-feet long, 34-feet wide, 46-feet tall

Fun Fact: It would take more than four million Pillsbury™ Crescent Rolls to create a “dough-sized” version
of the balloon.


Swooping in to save the day this holiday season is Red Titan, the brave and kind alter-ego of Ryan from
Ryan’s World. This larger-than-life, pint-sized superhero is making his second Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
Parade appearance this year.

Balloon Dimensions: 51-feet long, 28-feet wide, 42-feet tall

Fun Fact: The Red Titan’s cape is the largest in the Parade, with over 15 gallons of red paint used!


The world’s most famous clown returns to the Big Apple with a new look, this is his fifth design since he
first joined the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1987! In this version, Ronald is sharing his heart with
us at a time when we all need some extra love and smiles and inspiring spectators to, “see a smile, share
a smile.”

Balloon Dimensions: 68-feet long, 31-feet wide, 40-feet tall

Fun Fact: It took 2,629 hours to complete the Ronald balloon at Macy’s Studio; and over 50 gallons of


Dancing his way down the route again, decked out in his signature red hat and boots to celebrate the
Smurfs 40th anniversary, is Papa Smurf! Clutching his cane and clicking his heels to the delight of fans who
are thrilled that the Smurfs series returned to their screens with all-new adventures this fall on Nickelodeon,
proving once more that “you can’t keep a good Smurf down.”

Balloon Dimensions: 43-feet long, 36-feet wide, 51-feet tall

Fun Fact: There is nothing small about this version of Papa Smurf; he is taller than a four-story building!


Everyone’s favorite blue blur is back! Sonic the Hedgehog, the first-ever video game character to appear
in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, dashes through the streets of New York City once again to
celebrate the 30th anniversary of the franchise!

Balloon Dimensions: 55-feet long, 37-feet wide, 50-feet tall

Fun Fact: Sonic’s signature red shoes are size 171; a truck could fit in that footprint!


This optimistic sea sponge—so popular he’s mentioned on social media every five seconds—is all smiles
as he returns on Thanksgiving for his 17th appearance. SpongeBob is accompanied by pet snail Gary, so
get ready for some F-U-N!

Balloon Dimensions: 46-feet long, 36-feet wide, 44-feet tall

Fun Fact: This is SpongeBob’s third balloon in the Parade; he made his first appearance in 2004 and was
redesigned for his second balloon in 2013. SpongeBob was also the first square balloon in the Parade!


The three newborn Baby DINOs from Sinclair Oil Corporation are anything but prehistoric! The adorable
Apatosaurus trio came straight from the nest to once again join the Sinclair DINO balloon in this year’s
Thanksgiving celebration.

Fun Fact: Like the Sinclair DINO balloon, the Baby DINO balloonicles appear in life-size form.


Ready to roll a strike with Parade fans once again, the Go Bowling™ balloonicles are the biggest game
you’ll see on Thanksgiving – literally! Did you know that bowling is one of the safest and most fun activities
for families nationwide?

Fun Fact: With 16-foot-tall pins and a 12-foot diameter bowling ball, this Balloonicle is sure to score.


Smokey Bear returns Thanksgiving morning to celebrate another year as the star of the longest-running
public service advertising campaign in American history, and his message is extremely important since
nationally nearly 9 out of 10 wildfires are started by humans.

Balloon Dimensions: 16-feet long, 25-feet wide, 51-feet tall

Fun Fact: Smokey Bear made his Parade debut as a giant character balloon in 1966.


The star of Macy’s holiday campaign, Tiptoe, is making her inaugural Parade appearance as a balloon
puppet this Thanksgiving. With the help of puppeteers, her head bobs & legs move as this courageous
reindeer prances through the streets of New York City encouraging spectators to believe in themselves.

Fun Fact: This larger-than-life version of Tiptoe is the first-ever balloon puppet to march down the route.


In its Parade debut, showing everyone how to march to the beat this Thanksgiving is Toni, Macy’s very own
bandleader bear. This beary big balloon was named for Parade pioneer Tony Sarg.

Balloon Dimensions: 28-feet long, 24-feet wide, 39-feet tall

Fun Fact: The iconic Macy’s star appears a few times on this balloon. Toni’s eye has the top leg of the star
hidden in its diamond shape.