Macy's Parade Balloon Inflation


This year we went the day before Thanksgiving to see the Parade Balloons being inflated. It's free to go, but you have to enter at a particular place and deal with huge crowds.

The first few balloons we saw:


Kung Fu Panda's ass:


I liked seeing how many sandbags it took to stabilize the balloons:


Here's a look up the street:


Here's the head of the Kung Fu Panda balloon, and a small vehicle for size comparison:


A bunch of smaller round balloons:


Here some workers are securing SpongeBob Squarepants. I did notice that his arm was oddly bent by the straps, and still kind of bent the next day:


The sidewalks the crowd walked on surround the Natural History Museum. There were big floodlights set up so that the balloons could be easily seen.


Kool-Aid Man was being moved to a new position as we walked by, at first we thought he was deflating.


Erin took this picture of a balloon dog's butt.


All the balloons have spots where their tie-downs are secured


The Aflac Duck:


That pile that looks like a dying plastic jellyfish is actually Buzz Lightyear, in the process of inflating. 


Sonic was a great looking balloon, I may have taken a few shots:




As we rounded the corner, there was a line of news vans waiting like vultures.


The view over the crowd as we approached the second line of balloons:


Erin really wanted a picture of Spider-bunny:


The Snoopy balloon is getting a little worse for wear, (click to enlarge):


Better picture of Spiderman. The crowd got really thick here:


Pikachu was in progress:


Workers propping up a half-inflated Pokemon:


A giant smurf was trapped:


The last big balloon was Kermit:

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