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Macy’s parade balloons 2019 guide

View photos of the Macy’s Parade balloons over the years and where to watch them inflate on Thanksgiving eve

2014.11.26 Macys Inflation Event
Photograph: Courtesy Kent Miller Macys Parade
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Some of the best things to see during the city’s beloved Thanksgiving Day procession are the giant Macy’s Parade balloons. Since the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of Gotham’s best New York attractions during the holidays, we decided to include images of our favorite pop culture balloons over the years—but that’s not all! Below, you’ll find all the information you need to know in order to watch the inflation of the balloons on Thanksgiving eve. It’s one of the best things to do in fall here, so bundle up and get a sneak peek of the balloons before showtime. Make sure to check out our NYC events in November page for more holiday entertainment.

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Which Macy’s parade balloons will I see this year?

This year, you will see giant balloons of pop culture characters including the Pillsbury Doughboy, Pikachu, Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, Ronald McDonald, Charlie Brown, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Flying Fish, the Universal Nutcracker, Sinclair’s Dino, Paw Patrol’s Chase, The Grinch, Super Wings’ Jett, Olaf from Frozen, Spongebob Squarepants, Toothless of How to Train Your Dragon, Dreamworks Animation and Universal Pictures Trolls and several Macy's star balloons in different colors. The new balloons for this year include Netflix's charming elves Fleck, Bjorn, Jojo and Hugg of The Christmas Chronicles, Goku of the Dragon Ball anime series, Macy's Sunny the Snowpal and Macy's Americana Spheres. 

Can I watch the inflation of the Macy’s parade balloons?

Are you itching to see the Macy’s Parade balloons come to life? You totally can! The inflation of the balloons takes place on Thanksgiving eve, and you can watch them grow in plain sight.

Where can I watch the inflation of the Macy’s parade balloons?

The ginormous balloons are inflated around the American Museum of Natural History (77th and 81st Streets, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue) starting Wednesday, November 21 from 1 to 8pm. The best public viewing area is at 77th Street and Columbus Avenue.

Macy’s Parade balloons over the years

1940s, Uncle Sam
Photograph: Courtesy Macy's

1940s Uncle Sam

1949, Harold the Baseball Player
Photograph: Courtesy Macy's

1949, Harold the Baseball Player

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1962, Donald Duck
Photograph: Courtesy Macy's

1962, Donald Duck

1988, Pink Panther
Photograph: Courtesy Macy's

1988, Pink Panther

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2002, Kermit the Frog
Photograph: Courtesy Macy's

2002, Kermit the Frog

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Photograph: Courtesy Macy's

2007, Pikachu

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2007, Rabbit by Jeff Koons
Photograph: Courtesy Macy's

2007, Rabbit by Jeff Koons

2011, Mickey Mouse
Photograph: Shutterstock

2011, Mickey Mouse

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2011, Spiderman
Photograph: Shutterstock

2011, Spiderman

2013, Elf on the Shelf
Photograph: Shutterstock

2013, Elf on the Shelf

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2014, Spongebob
Photograph: Filip Wolak

2014, Spongebob

2014, Thomas the Tank Engine
Photograph: Filip Wolak

2014, Thomas the Tank Engine

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2015, Adventure Time
Photograph: Filip Wolak

2015, Adventure Time 

2015, Paddington Bear
Photograph: Filip Wolak

2015, Paddington Bear

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2015, Pillsbury Dough Boy
Photograph: Filip Wolak

2015, Pillsbury Dough Boy

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