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“For 95 years, the Macy’s parade has shown up on the streets of New York City and brought a little bit of joy, a little bit of spectacle, created an opportunity for all New Yorkers and everyone around the country to sit back and enjoy each other, enjoy a little bit of entertainment, and celebrate positive energy on a special day like Thanksgiving,” the parade’s executive producer Will Coss said. “I’m a native New Yorker… it’s a thrill and honor for me to be here.”

He proudly pointed out that all the elements that people will see on the parade route “are fabricated and crafted by our artisans and designers, our costume team, at the parade studios. We develop from sketch to final execution that shows up… all in-house.”

In addition to returning balloons like the Pillsbury Doughboy, Spongebob Squarepants, and Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, there’s the new Baby Yoda balloon, Ada Twist Scientist, and a new Pikachu balloon with Eevee.

Gwen Elliott, of Jackson Ohio, was guiding her three children, Sammy, 10; Bodie, 8; and Gabe, 8 along West 72nd Street towards the balloons, and it was just one of many city sights they were enjoying. “This is the kids’ first time here” in New York City, she said. “Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, skating at Rockefeller Center, Central Park carriage ride, St. Patrick’s Cathedral—so we’re trying to get in as much as possible.”

Sammy said she wanted to see Snoopy, while Gabe wanted to see Santa’s sleigh during the parade itself. The family will have a front row window to the parade: They got a room on 6th Avenue, at the Hilton, where they’ll be able to see the parade pass by.

The event is not just for tourists. Florence Rubenfeld, an Upper West Sider, said she and her husband have been going for the past 40 years.

“I think it’s the most wholesome, all-American we do in Manhattan,” she said.

The balloon inflation is open to the public until 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The parade starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday, along Central Park West, Central Park South, and 6th Avenue (more details here) and is televised on NBC.

Planning for the 2022 parade begins on Friday, Coss said.

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