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  • Six new balloons will be making their debut at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Among the new balloons will be a Funko Pop! version of Grogu, also known as Baby Yoda.
  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. and can be watched on NBC.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … Baby Yoda?

Six new balloons will be making their debut at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, including internet favorite Grogu, commonly referred to as Baby Yoda, from the Star Wars series “The Mandalorian.”

Grogu’s Thanksgiving balloon will be modeled after the Funko Pop! version of the character.


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“For our 95th celebration, Macy’s has created a spectacle to remember featuring a dazzling array of high-flying balloons, animated floats, and incredible performers,” Will Coss, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, said in a statement.

The other five balloons debuting in the sky include Ada from "Ada Twist, Scientist" on Netflix; a new version of Ronald McDonald by McDonald’s USA; a Pokemon-themed balloon featuring Pikachu and Eevee by the Pokémon International Company; Tiptoe a Macy’s balloon-puppet, also the first balloon-puppet to be in the parade; as well as Macy’s Toni, the bandleader bear.

“We can’t wait to help New York City and the nation kick-off the holiday season with the return of this cherished tradition,” said Coss.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. and can be watched on NBC.


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Published on Nov 22, 2021