EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Holiday season anticipation was in the air – literally – as balloons and robotic floats to be used in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade were being tested Saturday morning in a parking lot behind Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford.
Christmas magic was made as the balloons came to life in front of an informal gathering of more than 1,000 people. Despite heavy winds, onlookers of all ages watched as parade workers fought 30-40 mph wind gusts to control the larger than life cartoon inflatables to be used in the annual parade on Thursday, November 22 in New York City.
The highlight on Saturday were Fleck, Bjorn, Jojo and Hugg, novelty-sized balloons representing Netflix's Christmas special, The Christmas Chronicles. Each balloon is 20-feet wide by 30-feet tall.
Go Bowling balloonicles will have the world's longest bowling alley, transforming the Manhattan streets into a blocks-long bowling game as bowling pins try to avoid being knocked down by the bowling ball trailing them from behind. The ball is 12-feet-in-diameter.
According to MommyPoppins.com, the lone giant balloon to debut this year is Goku, the hero of Dragon Ball, a Japanese animation franchise making its North American theatrical debut in 2019. Goku is an amazing 56-feet tall.
The traditional Macy's balloon inflation takes place Thanksgiving Eve in the streets around the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday, November 21 from 1 to 8 pm.