After a two-year pause because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is returning.
BalloonFest was held this weekend to test balloons. It featured one of the most recent balloons, Grogu. “baby Yoda”The Mandalorian.
“It’s sort of the culmination of our balloon development process. So we go from our early designs, to our fabrication to our internal testing,”Will Coss, Macy’s executive producer.
“And this is the opportunity for us to bring the balloons outside so our expert crew can run through some cases and get a sense for how it’s going to react in real world environments and just get prepped for parade day.”
The parade will go from Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue down to 34th Street in front of the retailer’s flagship Manhattan store. “We’ve got 10 marching bands. We have 15 giant character balloons, we’ve got 20 floats,” Coss said.
Additional characters will be featured in the nationally broadcasted event. “baby Yoda,” including two new Pokemon balloons, Pikachu and Eevee, in honor of the series’ 25th anniversary.