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: