PHOTOS: Baby Yoda, Pikachu, Eevee, and more Thanksgiving Parade balloons come to life
“For 95 years, the Macy’s Parade has paraded through the streets of New York City and brought a little joy, a little spectacle, and created an opportunity for all New Yorkers and everyone around the country to sit back and enjoy each other, enjoy a little entertainment,” said the show’s executive producer Will Coss. and celebrate positive energy on a special day like Thanksgiving.” “I am a Native New Yorker…It is my pleasure and honor to be here.”
He proudly noted that all of the items people will see on the way to the show are “crafted and crafted by our artisans and designers, our costume team, in the show’s studios. We develop from sketch to final execution that shows…all in-house.”
In addition to bringing back balloons like Pillsbury Doughboy, Spongebob Squarepants and Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, there’s a new Baby Yoda balloon, Ada Twist Scientist and a new Pikachu balloon with Eevee.
Gwen Elliott, of Jackson, Ohio, was mentoring her three children, Sammy, 10; Bodhi, 8; and Gabe, 8 along West 72nd Street toward Balloons, and it was just one of the many city attractions they were enjoying. “This is the first time for the kids here” in New York City, she said. “The Statue of Liberty, the top of the rock, ice skating at Rockefeller Center, Central Park wagon ride, St. Patrick’s Cathedral — so we try to get in as much as possible.”
Sammy said she wanted to see Snoopy, while Gabby wanted to see Santa’s sleigh during the show itself. The family will have a front-row window for the parade: They’ve been given a room on Sixth Street, at the Hilton, where they’ll be able to see the procession go by.
The event is not only for tourists. Upper West Sider Florence Rubenfield said she and her husband have been going for 40 years.
“I think it’s the healthiest and most rewarding thing we do in Manhattan,” she said.
The balloon is open to the public until 6 pm on Wednesdays. The show begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, along Central Park West, Central Park South, and Sixth Avenue (More details here) and is broadcast on NBC.
Koss said planning for the 2022 parade begins on Friday.