The big blow-up

One of these years I’m going to go see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (MTDP) balloons get inflated.

To those outside NYC, this event is nearly more anticipated by locals than the parade itself (note that those of us who like this are also the people who have been, or would likely go to the circus elephants arrival via the QM Tunnel in March).

After watching the parade for many years, I got curious about its history and the balloon characters that have appeared. I’ve rounded up a healthy bunch of resources for those of you who need mental sating as well as physical this holiday season.

85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, balloon inflations, holiday happenings, history of Macy balloons, how it works

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation

When: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, approximately 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Central Park West and Columbus Avenue on 77 and 81 Streets / Inflation Map

2011 debut of B. Boy: MTDP’s newest balloon star

> Tim Burton talks about creating the latest character for this year’s parade.

Balloons through the Decades: Terrific gallery of MTDP balloon characters.

> 47 slides of the balloon characters throughout the parade’s history. Wonderful shots of vintage New York.

How do they do it: Making-of the MTDP giant balloons

> Short overview from concept to production of a balloon character from the art department.

History of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

> How it all started and listings of all the balloon characters over the decades.

The parade airs nationally in the US on NBC, 9:00am – 12noon EST, Thursday, 24 november 2011. No links as yet for live streaming, check the website for further details.

Happy Turkey Day all!

What’s your favorite balloon character?

Kermit and Smokey the Bear on Broadway, 1979 and Tim Burton’s B. Boy // Images: Hamburg via NY Daily News and Richard Perry/The New York Times

2 Responses to “The big blow-up”

  1. lg Says:

    The Pillsbury Dough Boy is still a favorite of mine, although I really liked B. Boy also

  2. Janet Giampietro Says:

    Was Dough Boy featured this year?

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