How Many Balloons Are in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

‘Tis the season for giant balloons! The 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season this Thursday, November 22, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. ET. And, guiding the festivities are dozens of giant balloons. But, how many balloons are in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Spoiler: It’s a lot more than you think.

From the classics to the newcomers, we share how many balloons are in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, plus where to see them ahead of Thursday’s parade route, below.

The Spiderman balloon passes by during the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

A parade, fittingly, made the crowds. | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

How many balloons are in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

The 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons are sure to be spectacular. This year’s parade features classics like the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger and Ronald McDonald along with some new additions like Little Cloud and Goku. There will be 16 giant balloons and 43 novelty balloons, along with heritage balloons, balloonicles, trycallons, and balloonheads.

In addition to the Macy’s balloons, the parade also features 31 floats, around 1,200 dancers and cheerleaders, a dozen marching bands, and around 1,000 clowns.

Macy’s balloon guide

With over 60 balloon variations, there’s a lot to look forward to ahead of Thursday’s festivities. Here are some of the most anticipated balloons of the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Fleck, Bjorn, Jojo, and Hugg

Debut: 2018
Size: 30 feet tall, 16-20 feet wide

These characters from Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles are making their Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade debut this year. Fleck, Bjorn, Jojo, and Hugg are the first-ever Netflix balloons featured in the iconic festivities.

Goku

Debut: 2018
Size: 56 feet tall, 70 feet long, 36 feet wide

Goku from Dragon Ball is another new addition to the balloon lineup. The giant inflatable requires 90 handlers and is five stories tall.

Dino

Debut: 1963
Size: 36 feet tall, 72 feet tall, 24 feet wide

The iconic Sinclair Dino returns to the parade route this year! After visiting fans across America, the fan-favorite Apatosaurus will tower over Manhattan Thursday morning.

Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger

Debut: 1993
Size: 56 feet tall, 77 feet long, 26 feet wide

This year’s parade marks the 25th anniversary of everyone’s favorite Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. The inflatable is the longest balloon in the parade and requires 90 handlers.

Ronald McDonald

Debut: 1993
Size: 67 feet tall, 61 feet long, 29 feet wide

Ronald McDonald is also celebrating his 25th parade anniversary this year. The iconic inflatable first came on the parade route in 1993 and has been a fan favorite ever since.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation

Eager spectators can see the balloons the night before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at the annual balloon inflation. On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side parade enthusiasts can catch a sneak peek of the Macy’s balloons during their inflation. The event starts at 1:00 p.m. and goes until 8:00 p.m.

Where can I see the Macy’s balloons?

If you want to see the Macy’s balloons ahead of time, head to the Upper West Side of Manhattan near the Museum of Natural History. The balloon inflation area is along 77th and 81st streets, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

Crowds start lining up in the area on the afternoon before Thanksgiving and the entire viewing path takes about 45-minutes to complete — so you’ll want to get there early. Also, keep in mind that this attraction is very popular and the wait time might be longer than anticipated. Allow yourself at least an hour (if not more) of wait time.

According to Playbill, there are ways around the crowd. To get ahead of the balloon enthusiasts, purchase a Museum of Natural History ticket and visit during the day. Upon exiting the museum, you will be directed to a different viewing path which could lessen the wait time.

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