Get up close during Macy's Parade balloon inflation on Thanksgiving Eve
NEW YORK, November 20, 2013 Let them take flight! On Thanksgiving Day, a new cast of balloon characters and some returning favorites will soar
in the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
. From a beloved beagle to a fearsome dragon, the Parade's
signature balloons are set to thrill millions of spectators. The 2013 parade steps off at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 28.
The public is invited to observe the Macy's Parade balloon inflation on Thanksgiving Eve. Inflation begins at 3 PM and ends at 10 PM on Wednesday, November 27. The entrance to the balloon inflation
viewing area is on Columbus Avenue near 79th Street. Balloons will surround the Museum of Natural History and fill the area from 77th Street to 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.
View the Macy's Parade
Balloon Inflation Map
Since their first appearance in the 1927 Macy's Parade, balloons have featured a
who's-who of the world's most beloved characters. This year's cast is no different with two
returning favorites taking a new form and two never before seen characters taking flight. This year, making their
debuts will be pop culture sensations Adventure Time with Finn and Jake; the world-famous beagle
Snoopy with his pal Woodstock; the eternal undersea optimist SpongeBob SquarePants; and the loveable night fury dragon Toothless
from "How to Train Your Dragon."
2013 Macy's Parade Balloon Lineup
Following is the complete listing of balloons in the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Giant Character Balloons
Adventure Time with Finn And Jake
Pop culture sensations Finn and Jake of the hit series Adventure Time take to the sky
for the first time. Finn has his sword at the ready and Jake is set to roll against
any wizards or evil creatures they may encounter on their journey. Measuring 57-feet
long, 26-feet wide and 40- feet tall, Finn and Jake are turbo psyched for an awesome
adventure as millions of fans celebrate their maiden voyage.
Disney*Pixar's superhero Buzz Lightyear returns for his sixth trip down the streets
of New York. Toy Story's fearless Inter-galactic Space Ranger measures 67.7-feet
long, 39.9-feet wide and 34.3-feet tall. Taking a break from starring in "Toy Story
OF TERROR!" with his pals, Buzz will fly from Central Park West to Herald
Square...and beyond this Thanksgiving.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Greg Heffley returns once again to the skies of New York City clutching his
"diary"/journal, to the delight of millions of kids. At 60-feet long, 25-feet wide,
and 56-feet tall, wimpy is not the right word to describe this balloon behemoth.
Clutching his precious diary close for comfort and security, Greg is excited to
celebrate millions of copies of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books in print and the
completion of his eighth book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, this holiday season.
The Elf on the Shelf
The Elf on the Shelf will take his second flight in the Macy's Parade this
Thanksgiving. Sent by Santa Claus to watch over good little boys and girls around the
world, the Elf on the Shelf will take his reporting duties to new heights, measuring
46-feet tall, 28-feet wide and 64-feet long in the Parade line-up. Reveling in the
recent release of his birthday themed book sequel, the Elf on the Shelf is sure to be
in an even more celebratory mood than usual!
Flying high in her airplane and wearing her trademark red bow, Hello Kitty returns to
spread happiness and friendship along the Parade route and into homes across the
country. Her retro airplane design is based on one of the first Hello Kitty looks
from the 1970s and a visual nod to her 40th Anniversary next year! Hello Kitty flies
at 36-feet tall, 38-feet wide and 50-feet long, as she soars over the Big Apple
bringing smiles to her millions of fans.
From the world of Paul Frank, check out Julius! Everyone's favorite monkey is rocketing
through the streets of New York in style as one of the largest balloons in the Macy's
Thanksgiving Day parade! Measuring 41-feet tall, 65-feet long and 39-feet wide, Julius brings
his world-famous smile and awesomeness to millions of fans.
Papa Smurf is taking a break from helping Smurfette and the rest of the Smurfs battle
evil wizard Gargamel in this past summer's hit film The Smurfs 2, for a return flight
on Thanksgiving Day. Jumping for joy and dancing his way down the route, Papa Smurf
sports a festive bow tie and baton, as he clicks his heels to the holiday fun.
Measuring 51-feet tall, 36-feet wide and 46-feet long, Papa Smurf will help usher in
a Happy Smurfgiving to one and all!
Pikachu lights up Thanksgiving once again with its signature electrifying presence
and rosy glowing cheeks. Measuring 53.5-feet high, 36.9-feet wide and 40.8-feet long,
Pikachu is set to celebrate the holiday season and the massive worldwide launch of
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, chasing a Poke-ball down the Parade route.
The Pillsbury Doughboy with his warm smile and world-famous giggle is ready to once
again ring in the holidays flying down the streets of Manhattan. Known for bringing
families together to share delicious baked treats, the Doughboy will rise to the top
and transform from his normal 8 ¾-inch
frame to a balloon giant measuring 53.7-feet
in long, 34.4-feet wide and 46.4-feet tall.
The world's most famous clown Ronald McDonald returns to the Parade to kick-off the
holiday season. Delighting millions of families, Ronald skates down the route,
sporting the world's largest pair of ice skates. Measuring 76.4-feet long, 28.8-feet
wide and 48.6-feet tall, Ronald is always in a playful mood as he flies through the
air smiling at spectators young and old.
Snoopy and Woodstock
The beagle's clinched the title, no question about it, as Snoopy, the world's most
famous companion with a wildly imaginative, supremely confident, canine master of
disguise personality, returns to the Macy's Parade. The newest Snoopy balloon will
take flight along with his pal Woodstock, marking another record-setting stint in the
holiday spectacle his 37th flight and 7th balloon. Measuring 67-feet long, 27-feet
wide and 38-feet tall, Snoopy and Woodstock will have Peanuts fans rejoicing at the
return of their beloved duo.
Sonic the Hedgehog
With his massive blue spikes, signature white gloves and red sneakers Sonic the
Hedgehog is zooming into the atmosphere and causing a blur of activity across the
sky! The Parade's first-ever balloon based on a video game character returns for a
third flight down Manhattan. Sonic measures 50-feet tall, 55-feet long, and 37-feet
wide, as he sprints down the route.
Back to patrol the skyline and protect the citizens of the city is The Amazing
Spider-Man! New York's own friendly neighborhood Super Hero takes to the skies over
Manhattan to delight millions of kids and adults. Spider-Man, in full wall-crawling
action mode with one hand set to release his web, floats down the route measuring
78-feet long, 37.8-feet wide and standing 29.1-feet tall.
Holding on to his Christmas hat, SpongeBob SquarePants, the world-famous eternal
optimist, returns to the Macy's Parade! The sponge-tastic resident of Bikini Bottom
takes a little vacation for a dip in the blue of the New York City's famed skyline to
celebrate the start of the holidays. Based on Nickelodeon's hit animated series,
SpongeBob continues his run as the first-ever square balloon in the Parade standing
at 44-feet tall, 41-feet long and 34-feet wide. His unique and iconic shape is made
possible by more than 800 internal tie-lines that pull the single chamber sphere
balloon into a square.
This Thanksgiving, a mythical dragon will be spotted over the skies of New York City
as millions of spectators catch a glimpse of the fierce but beloved Toothless. Star
of the How To Train Your Dragon movies and television series, Toothless measures
72-feet long, 36-feet wide and is 48-feet tall. The color of midnight with glowing
green eyes and an enigmatic grin, Toothless is positioned with his giant wings folded
in a landing pose ready to descend amongst the gathered crowds.
Special Appearance By...
The Wizard of Oz Hot Air Balloon and Balloonheads
Set to mark the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, a 47-foot tall giant hot air balloon
emblazoned with the portraits of the characters from the classic film, will glide down the
route carrying the Wizard of Oz himself! Along for the ride below will be Dorothy and
special balloonhead characters of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and the Wicked
Witch of the West
In addition to the giant character balloons, the 2013 Macy's Parade ballooning cast will also include:
Arrtie, The Pirate
Big Man Santa
Harold the Fireman
Harold the Policeman
Kit, Charlie & C.J. Elf
Macy's Ornament Balloons/Balloonicles/Balloonheads
Bulldog & Tough Guy / Nutcracker & Mouse King Trycaloons
The Planet Earth Balloon / Power Rangers Super Mega Force
Red/White Candy Cane
Further information on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade can be obtained by calling
the Parade Hotline at (212) 494-4495 or by visiting www.macys.com/parade
See more information on Marching.com about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
and view the 2013 Macy's Parade route map and list of entries
Text and images courtesy of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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