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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021: About Those Big Balloons


New York City - This year, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature 30 balloons. To figure out the biggest balloon, let's look at the tallest, widest, and longest measurements.

Some of these balloons are as tall as a five-story building. Among the tallest, there's a new balloon inspired by the Netflix series Ada Twist, Scientist.

The six tallest balloons, from 50 feet to 62 feet tall, mostly feature male characters. Two classic balloons - Papa Smurf and Smokey Bear - measure a few feet shorter than their newer counterparts.

Tallest Balloons at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021

  • Greg Heffley of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 62 feet tall
  • Goku of Dragon Ball, 56 feet tall
  • Papa Smurf, 51 feet tall
  • Smokey Bear, 51 feet tall
  • Ada Twist, Scientist, 51 feet tall
  • Sonic the Hedgehog, 50 feet tall

The six longest balloons include a new Ronald McDonald balloon that measures as long as 11 bicycles. In this category, animals beat out the human characters, with a dinosaur and a worm measuring the longest.

Two balloons from the tallest category also made it into the longest category: Greg Heffley of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Goku of Dragon Ball. We are getting closer to figuring out the biggest balloon.

Longest Balloons at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021

  • Sinclair's Dino, 72 feet long
  • Wiggle Worm, 70 feet long
  • Goku of Dragon Ball, 70 feet long
  • Ronald McDonald, 68 feet long
  • Greg Heffley of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 62 feet long
  • Paw Patrol, 60 feet long

In the widest category, Papa Smurf makes another appearance. The blue cartoon character first showed up in the tallest list, along with Sonic the Hedgehog. However, neither of these balloons showed up in the last category (longest).

One balloon made it into all three categories - tallest, longest, widest. That would be Goku of Dragon Ball. The Japanese anime character is an all around gigantic balloon, no matter which way you measure him.

Widest Balloons at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021

  • Grogu of The Mandalorian, 37 feet wide
  • Sonic the Hedgehog, 37 feet wide
  • Goku of Dragon Ball, 36 feet wide
  • Paw Patrol, 36 feet wide
  • Papa Smurf, 36 feet wide
  • Spongebob Squarepants and Gary, 36 feet wide

What's the largest balloon you ever saw at a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? Did you know there have been balloons that measured over 100 feet? From the parade's earliest days, a dragon balloon appeared, measuring 178 feet in length!

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