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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation

Watch the Macy's Character Balloons Inflate on Thanksgiving Eve

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The night before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New Yorkers gather to watch the famous giant helium parade balloons get inflated.

A tradition since 1927, the giant character balloons are slowly blown up and brought to life in the streets around the American Museum of Natural History. The enormous balloons take up two full city blocks. Nets and sandbags are used to keep the balloons from escaping during the night.

The action starts around 4pm on Thanksgiving Eve on 77th & 81st Streets between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Public viewing is from 3 pm until 8 pm. Regular attendees recommend arriving at about 5 pm when the balloons really start to take shape.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation
When: Wednesday, November 21, 2012, approximately 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: Central Park West and Columbus Avenue starting at 79th Street

Get behind-the-scenes info about the preparation work that goes into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:

Learn more about the process of building the floats

See what goes into creating a Balloon

Learn more about the history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and its famous balloons:

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