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These are the new balloons at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Nov 24, 2021, 7:25 AM | Updated: 6:03 pm
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: Macy's unveils new giant character balloons for the 95th Annual M...
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: Macy's unveils new giant character balloons for the 95th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® on November 13, 2021 in New York City. Soaring into NYC is a Funko Pop! inspired Grogu™ (a.k.a. Baby Yoda in pop culture), from the beloved Star Wars™ series The Mandalorian™. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.)
(Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.)
Originally Published: 24 NOV 21 07:03 ET

    (CNN) — Turkey, family time and football are among the traditions that many look forward to at Thanksgiving each year. But there is one other major event that often takes center stage during the holiday: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The annual parade, celebrating its 95th march this year, has become something of a holiday must-see for many in the US. And though the 2.5-mile stretch will feature everyone’s favorite balloons — Snoopy from “Peanuts,” Goku from “Dragon Ball” and The Boss Baby from the DreamWorks film — six new balloons will be entering the fold.

From cultural icons to animated heroes, here are all the new balloons joining the lineup in 2021.

Ada Twist, Scientist

You may not recognize Ada Twist, but the young kids in your life might. The star of the Netflix show “Ada Twist, Scientist” will take her rightful place among the animated elite this year. Though the show is new, debuting its first and, so far, only season in 2021, Netflix has renewed it for a season two.

Grogu (Baby Yoda)

Where would we be without Baby Yoda? Of course, the extraterrestrial cutie from “The Mandalorian” that has captured the hearts of so many must make an appearance at the parade. But at 41 feet high (as seen at the top of this page), he’s maybe not so “baby” anymore.

Pikachu and Eevee

Ah, the sweet feeling of millennial nostalgia. Pikachu and Evee snuggled together in a Poké Ball sled is not what many may have expected to see at the parade, but thank goodness, Pokémon knows what the people need.

Ronald McDonald

It’s a new design for the character who has been part of the parade in some form since 1987. Because nothing says Thanksgiving like a 40-foot-tall fast food clown.

Tiptoe

Move over Rudolph, there’s a new reindeer in town. Tiptoe is the star of Macy’s holiday campaign, the retailer said. This year doesn’t just mark her first parade appearance, it’s also the first time a balloon puppet has ever marched in the parade. During the parade, puppeteers will move her head and legs, making Tiptoe literally prance through the streets of New York City.

Toni, The Bandleader Bear

Named for legendary puppeteer Tony Sarg, who also did a number of projects for Macy’s and the parade, this band-leading bear is a showstopper. Designed, built and painted entirely by Macy’s Studio team, the bear is “showing everyone how to march to their own beat,” the retailer said.

How to watch the balloons inflate

From noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, those in New York City can watch the balloons being prepared for their Thanksgiving Day flights on the Upper West Side at 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue.

Attendance will be limited to fully vaccinated guests (you must bring proof) and will have capacity limits. Children 11 and younger can attend with vaccinated adults. Social distancing is encouraged and masks are required.

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