Monday, November 28, 2011

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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