The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is no doubt the highlight of Thanksgiving in NYC, kicking off the holiday season. It’s up there with the best New York attractions and one of the best things to do in New York in the fall. Before chowing down on turkey and sides, who doesn’t love tuning in to watch the fabulous floats, singing celebs, skilled dancers, top-notch marching bands and of course the iconic Macy’s parade balloons? Lucky New Yorkers can see the parade in person, but the rest of us can stay cozy and warm on the couch and check out the parade on TV in our pjs.
The balloons in the Macy’s parade have evolved over the years, but they always feature beloved cartoon characters both old and new. This year’s parade will feature new balloons Bluey and Diary of a Wimpy Kid alongside returning balloons like Ada Twist Scientist, Astronaut Snoopy, Grogu, Goku, Paw Patrol and others.
Whether you’re seeing the parade in person or watching from the comfort of your home, here are the Macy’s parade balloons to look out for, plus some photos from past parades to conjure up those Thanksgiving feels.
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Which Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons will I see this year?
In this year’s parade, you’ll see giant floating versions of your favorite characters. New this year is Bluey and Diary of a Wimpy Kid and they’ll join character balloons from Paw Patrol, SpongeBob, Pokemon and The Mandalorian, including Pikachu and Evee, Astronaut Snoopy, Grogu, Goku, Paw Patrol and others.
There are also “balloonicles,” a hybrid balloon-vehicle that rolls along the route, including Baby Dinos, Bulldog, Go Bowling, Mouse King, Tough Guy and the Nutcracker. New this year is Fox Sports’ Striker, the U.S. Soccer Star, in celebration of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s return to FIFA World Cup (November 20-December 18), which you can watch across FOX Sports’ platforms.
Can I watch the inflation of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons?
Yes. Watching Macy’s Parade balloons come to life in person is quite a spectacle. This year, the public is invited to watch the balloon inflation on Thanksgiving Eve (Wednesday, November 23) on the Upper West Side.
Where can I watch the inflation of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day 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 23 from noon to 6pm. Enter at West 72nd and Columbus Avenue.
What floats will the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade have this year?
In addition to the traditional floats, you’ll see the new Geoffrey’s Dazzling Dance Party (of Toys R Us fame), Pinkfong Baby Shark and The Wondership.