Parade Balloons

Parade Balloons

The evening before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, the balloons are inflated (of course), and if you happen to be in New York, you can have a look at them while they are still on the ground. We have done this before with Chris’s sister Julie many years ago, and at that time it was a relatively relaxing experience. Not so much this time. Very strict rules for viewing, as seen on this map from

Balloon inflation map


We took the train down to 81st and Central Park West, walked along 81st to Columbus Ave, saw a few balloons, took some pictures, noticed the massive crowds waiting in line to view balloons at 79th, turned around, got back on the train and came home to a quiet, calm apartment.




Here some of the pics that Chris took before we left the craziness. You can see the silhouettes of the people against the balloons:

Mickey Mouse


Ronald McDonald


Pillsbury doughboy


Buzz Lightyear


Papa Smurf


If you watch the parade tomorrow on T.V., you’ll see these same balloons!

You might see us among the crowd of millions, too – if we can stand it. 😉



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