Photos: Macy's, Inc
This year, seven new featured balloons will debut, including Beagle Scout Snoopy by Peanuts Worldwide; Blue Cat & Chugs by Cool Cats, a digitally native character; Kung Fu Panda’s Po by Universal Pictures’ Dreamworks Animation; Leo by Netflix, Inc.; Monkey D. Luffy by Toei Animation Inc.; Pillsbury Doughboy™ by Pillsbury™; and Uncle Dan by Illumination. Here’s a closer look at some of them:
BEAGLE SCOUT SNOOPY
Beagle Scout Snoopy and best friend Woodstock make their ascent this Thanksgiving in New York City. This is the 9th version of the longest-running character balloon in the Parade, and it celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the first appearance of the Beagle Scouts, which includes Woodstock and his bird pals, Charles M. Schulz’s beloved comic strip.
Balloon Dimensions: 42-feet long, 34-feet wide, 55-feet tall
Fun Fact: The Beagle Scout Snoopy balloon’s giant hat is equivalent to the length of 17 beagles!
KUNG FU PANDA’S PO
UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
With a mighty “Skadoosh!” and a flying kick, everyone’s favorite Dragon Warrior, the legendary Kung Fu Panda, Po, returns to the Parade with an all-new look this Thanksgiving. Destiny calls for Po to set off on another fantastic adventure in the new DreamWorks Animation film, Kung Fu Panda 4, next spring.
Balloon Dimensions: 49-feet long, 36-feet wide, 39-feet tall
Fun Fact: It took more than 1,000 yards of fabric to create the Po balloon
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 & home-baked holiday treats and sides.
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.
MONKEY D. LUFFY
TOEI ANIMATION INC.
Monkey D. Luffy appears in New York City this Thanksgiving in search of the ultimate pirate treasure. This fearless leader of the Straw Hat Crew, who aspires to be King of the Pirates, is the main character of
the globally acclaimed One Piece animated series, which will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary next
Balloon Dimensions: 43-feet long, 39-feet wide, 50-feet tall
Fun Fact: The Monkey D. Luffy balloon is painted with over 20 different colors!
The weather could be a big factor this year on whether or not the balloons will fly. Click here for the latest NYC forecast. At last check the winds were forecast to be 19 mph, slightly below the maximum sustained winds allowed.
For our complete guide to the 2023 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parde click here