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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons pumped up ahead of 2022 spectacular through New York City

New Yorkers on the Upper West Side of Manhattan were treated to a sneak peak of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons as they were inflated with helium on Wednesday afternoon.

The massive balloons were blown up between midday and 6pm along Central Park West. It takes about 90 minutes to inflate each balloon.

New balloon giants joining the line-up this year include Stuart, the one-eyed Minion from Despicable Me 2, a new green dinosaur, an Apatosaurus, the debut of the cartoon dog Bluey, and a new Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon. 

Members of the Macy’s Inflation Team work to inflate the balloon McDonald’s mascot Ronald McDonald, to be used in Thursday’s 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, in New York City

Members of the 'inflation team' are seeing working to fill the massive 16 giant character balloons with helium

Members of the 'inflation team' are seeing working to fill the massive 16 giant character balloons with helium

Members of the ‘inflation team’ are seeing working to fill the massive 16 giant character balloons with helium

It takes 90 minutes to inflate each balloon. There will be 16 participating in this year's parade include Papa Smurf

It takes 90 minutes to inflate each balloon. There will be 16 participating in this year's parade include Papa Smurf

It takes 90 minutes to inflate each balloon. There will be 16 participating in this year’s parade include Papa Smurf

Striker the US Soccer Star balloon is inflated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon

Striker the US Soccer Star balloon is inflated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon

Striker the US Soccer Star balloon is inflated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon

The Macy's Inflation Team prepares the Sinclair Oil Dino and Baby Dino - one of seven new balloons in the parade

The Macy's Inflation Team prepares the Sinclair Oil Dino and Baby Dino - one of seven new balloons in the parade

The Macy’s Inflation Team prepares the Sinclair Oil Dino and Baby Dino – one of seven new balloons in the parade

Stuart The Minion is seen being inflated - another of this year's new balloons

Stuart The Minion is seen being inflated - another of this year's new balloons

Stuart The Minion is seen being inflated – another of this year’s new balloons

Workers inflate a balloon of the character Goku from Japanese metaseries Dragon Ball

Workers inflate a balloon of the character Goku from Japanese metaseries Dragon Ball

Workers inflate a balloon of the character Goku from Japanese metaseries Dragon Ball 

The Macy's Inflation Team prepare the Pikachu & Eevee balloons on Wednesday afternoon

The Macy's Inflation Team prepare the Pikachu & Eevee balloons on Wednesday afternoon

The Macy’s Inflation Team prepare the Pikachu & Eevee balloons on Wednesday afternoon

The Ronald McDonald balloon is seen bursting into life as it is carefully inflated with helium gas

The Ronald McDonald balloon is seen bursting into life as it is carefully inflated with helium gas

The Ronald McDonald balloon is seen bursting into life as it is carefully inflated with helium gas

Some of the balloons look extremely lifelike as they are slowly filled with helium

Some of the balloons look extremely lifelike as they are slowly filled with helium

Some of the balloons look extremely lifelike as they are slowly filled with helium

Stuart, a one-eyed Minion characterized by his rebelliousness and playfulness, is inflated on Wednesday

Stuart, a one-eyed Minion characterized by his rebelliousness and playfulness, is inflated on Wednesday

Stuart, a one-eyed Minion characterized by his rebelliousness and playfulness, is inflated on Wednesday

The Stuart balloon, measures 40-feet long, 28-feet wide and is 37-feet tall

The Stuart balloon, measures 40-feet long, 28-feet wide and is 37-feet tall

The Stuart balloon, measures 40-feet long, 28-feet wide and is 37-feet tall

Members of the Macy's Inflation Team work to inflate the Striker the US Soccer Star balloon

Members of the Macy's Inflation Team work to inflate the Striker the US Soccer Star balloon

Members of the Macy’s Inflation Team work to inflate the Striker the US Soccer Star balloon

Once inflated, the balloons are held in place by netting which in turn is held down by sand bags

Once inflated, the balloons are held in place by netting which in turn is held down by sand bags

Once inflated, the balloons are held in place by netting which in turn is held down by sand bags

A new Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon is seen having been full inflated and ready for Thursday morning's parade

A new Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon is seen having been full inflated and ready for Thursday morning's parade

A new Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon is seen having been full inflated and ready for Thursday morning’s parade

A members of the Macy's Inflation Team can be seen under the netting

A members of the Macy's Inflation Team can be seen under the netting

A members of the Macy’s Inflation Team can be seen under the netting 

The balloons start out flat but then suddenly come to life once they are filled with air

The balloons start out flat but then suddenly come to life once they are filled with air

The balloons start out flat but then suddenly come to life once they are filled with air

Hundreds of people came to see the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon inflation on the Upper West Side

Hundreds of people came to see the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon inflation on the Upper West Side

Hundreds of people came to see the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon inflation on the Upper West Side

The giant eye of Stuart The Minion is filled with helium in advance of Thursday's parade

The giant eye of Stuart The Minion is filled with helium in advance of Thursday's parade

The giant eye of Stuart The Minion is filled with helium in advance of Thursday’s parade

Kids of all ages came out to see the balloons being erected over the course of Wednesday afternoon

Kids of all ages came out to see the balloons being erected over the course of Wednesday afternoon

Kids of all ages came out to see the balloons being erected over the course of Wednesday afternoon 

This year’s parade will feature 16 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 40 novelty and heritage inflatables, 12 marching bands, more than 800 clowns and, of course, Santa Claus.

Other balloons this year include Pillsbury Doughboy, Boss Baby, Aida Twist, The Hottest Heart, Chase from Paw Patrol, Red Titan, Goku, Bluey, and SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary. 

Baby Shark, Smokey Bear, Go Bowling Ballonicles, Striker, Ronald McDonald, Astronaut Snoopy, Papa Smurf and Pikachu & Eeevee round out the crowd.

Goku made his debut in the 2018 Parade in the form of a giant helium character balloon and is returning this year

Goku made his debut in the 2018 Parade in the form of a giant helium character balloon and is returning this year

Goku made his debut in the 2018 Parade in the form of a giant helium character balloon and is returning this year

Bluey will make her debut as a giant helium balloon in the 202 Parade, arriving from Australia to explore the Big Apple for the very first time

Bluey will make her debut as a giant helium balloon in the 202 Parade, arriving from Australia to explore the Big Apple for the very first time

Bluey will make her debut as a giant helium balloon in the 202 Parade, arriving from Australia to explore the Big Apple for the very first time

Baby Shark will make his first-ever Parade appearance in 2022, with the debut of an all-new float and balloon combo

Baby Shark will make his first-ever Parade appearance in 2022, with the debut of an all-new float and balloon combo

Baby Shark will make his first-ever Parade appearance in 2022, with the debut of an all-new float and balloon combo

A new Dino balloon has introduced to the lineup for the 2022 Parade. The balloon features Dino himself giving a ride to a Baby Dino friend and is 49 feet high

A new Dino balloon has introduced to the lineup for the 2022 Parade. The balloon features Dino himself giving a ride to a Baby Dino friend and is 49 feet high

A new Dino balloon has introduced to the lineup for the 2022 Parade. The balloon features Dino himself giving a ride to a Baby Dino friend and is 49 feet high

Striker, the U.S. Soccer Sta features a 25-foot wide, 25 foot tall, 10-foot-wide soccer player balloonicle going toe-to-toe with New York City's skyscrapers in stars and stripes

Striker, the U.S. Soccer Sta features a 25-foot wide, 25 foot tall, 10-foot-wide soccer player balloonicle going toe-to-toe with New York City's skyscrapers in stars and stripes

Striker, the U.S. Soccer Sta features a 25-foot wide, 25 foot tall, 10-foot-wide soccer player balloonicle going toe-to-toe with New York City’s skyscrapers in stars and stripes

Stuart the Minion will make his debut as a giant helium balloon in the 2022 Parade, injecting a little joyful mayhem into the holiday revelry

Stuart the Minion will make his debut as a giant helium balloon in the 2022 Parade, injecting a little joyful mayhem into the holiday revelry

Stuart the Minion will make his debut as a giant helium balloon in the 2022 Parade, injecting a little joyful mayhem into the holiday revelry

The animated man in a banana suit that Stuart holds in his right hand is 3D-printed, marking the first-ever Macy's Parade balloon to use details created by a 3D printer

The animated man in a banana suit that Stuart holds in his right hand is 3D-printed, marking the first-ever Macy's Parade balloon to use details created by a 3D printer

The animated man in a banana suit that Stuart holds in his right hand is 3D-printed, marking the first-ever Macy’s Parade balloon to use details created by a 3D printer

A member of the Macy's Inflation Team works on the Snoopy balloon, filling it with helium gas

A member of the Macy's Inflation Team works on the Snoopy balloon, filling it with helium gas

A member of the Macy’s Inflation Team works on the Snoopy balloon, filling it with helium gas

This year's parade will feature 16 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 40 novelty and heritage inflatables, 12 marching bands, more than 800 clowns and, of course, Santa Claus

This year's parade will feature 16 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 40 novelty and heritage inflatables, 12 marching bands, more than 800 clowns and, of course, Santa Claus

This year’s parade will feature 16 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 40 novelty and heritage inflatables, 12 marching bands, more than 800 clowns and, of course, Santa Claus

This year's celebration is being led by Lea Michele and the Broadway cast of Funny Girl and legendary singer Dionne Warwick

This year's celebration is being led by Lea Michele and the Broadway cast of Funny Girl and legendary singer Dionne Warwick

This year’s celebration is being led by Lea Michele and the Broadway cast of Funny Girl and legendary singer Dionne Warwick

A man takes a photo of an inflated helium balloon of Stuart the Minion on Wednesday as the balloon is readied for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday

A man takes a photo of an inflated helium balloon of Stuart the Minion on Wednesday as the balloon is readied for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday

A man takes a photo of an inflated helium balloon of Stuart the Minion on Wednesday as the balloon is readied for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday

A worker inflates an helium balloon of Astronaut Snoopy on Wednesday afternoon

A worker inflates an helium balloon of Astronaut Snoopy on Wednesday afternoon

A worker inflates an helium balloon of Astronaut Snoopy on Wednesday afternoon

The Stuart balloon, measured 40-feet long, 28-feet wide and 37-feet tall

The Stuart balloon, measured 40-feet long, 28-feet wide and 37-feet tall

The Stuart balloon, measured 40-feet long, 28-feet wide and 37-feet tall

Young New Yorkers enjoyed watching the balloons slowly come to life as they were filled with helium

Young New Yorkers enjoyed watching the balloons slowly come to life as they were filled with helium

Young New Yorkers enjoyed watching the balloons slowly come to life as they were filled with helium

The world's largest Smurf made his first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance in 2008, soaring down the streets of New York City as a giant helium balloon. Wishing Parade spectators a 'Happy Smurfsgiving'

The world's largest Smurf made his first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance in 2008, soaring down the streets of New York City as a giant helium balloon. Wishing Parade spectators a 'Happy Smurfsgiving'

The world’s largest Smurf made his first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance in 2008, soaring down the streets of New York City as a giant helium balloon. Wishing Parade spectators a ‘Happy Smurfsgiving’

Green Giant is a brand of frozen and canned vegetables. The float made its debut in the 91st Parade in 2017

Green Giant is a brand of frozen and canned vegetables. The float made its debut in the 91st Parade in 2017

Green Giant is a brand of frozen and canned vegetables. The float made its debut in the 91st Parade in 2017

The new Dino balloon measures 49 feet tall, 68 feet wide, and 26 feet tall

The new Dino balloon measures 49 feet tall, 68 feet wide, and 26 feet tall

The new Dino balloon measures 49 feet tall, 68 feet wide, and 26 feet tall

This year’s celebration is being led by Lea Michele and the Broadway cast of Funny Girl and legendary singer Dionne Warwick.

Other celebrities scheduled to make an appearance at Thursday’s parade include Paula Abdul, making her parade debut; Fitz and the Tantrums, Big Time Rush, Blue’s Clues & You! host Josh Dela Cruz, Gloria Estefan, Mario Lopez, Ziggy Marley and Miss America 2022 Emma Broyles.

Singers Joss Stone and Jordin Sparks are expected to appear while  Jimmy Fallon & The Roots will be on a float celebrating Central Park.

This particular Ronald McDonald balloon was unveiled in 2021 making its second year in the Parade

This particular Ronald McDonald balloon was unveiled in 2021 making its second year in the Parade

This particular Ronald McDonald balloon was unveiled in 2021 making its second year in the Parade

The Jolly Green Giant float is prepared ahead of the upcoming 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City

The Jolly Green Giant float is prepared ahead of the upcoming 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City

The Jolly Green Giant float is prepared ahead of the upcoming 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City

The SpongeBob balloon are the heaviest in the Parade's history, at a whopping 896 pounds

The SpongeBob balloon are the heaviest in the Parade's history, at a whopping 896 pounds

The SpongeBob balloon are the heaviest in the Parade’s history, at a whopping 896 pounds

The Ronald McDonald balloon sees him in a circus-like outfit marching down the streets of Manhattan

The Ronald McDonald balloon sees him in a circus-like outfit marching down the streets of Manhattan

The Ronald McDonald balloon sees him in a circus-like outfit marching down the streets of Manhattan

A man holds one of the helium tubes into the side of the balloon in order for it to inflate

A man holds one of the helium tubes into the side of the balloon in order for it to inflate

A man holds one of the helium tubes into the side of the balloon in order for it to inflate

Workers are seen holding the rubber tubes that provide the helium gas for the massive balloons

Workers are seen holding the rubber tubes that provide the helium gas for the massive balloons

Workers are seen holding the rubber tubes that provide the helium gas for the massive balloons

It takes about six hours to inflate all the balloons along the route

It takes about six hours to inflate all the balloons along the route

It takes about six hours to inflate all the balloons along the route 

Workers inflate an helium balloon of Bluey on Wednesday as the balloon is readied for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Workers inflate an helium balloon of Bluey on Wednesday as the balloon is readied for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Workers inflate an helium balloon of Bluey on Wednesday as the balloon is readied for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 

Police walk by inflated helium balloons of Baby Shark and Sinclair's Dino on Wednesday afternoon

Police walk by inflated helium balloons of Baby Shark and Sinclair's Dino on Wednesday afternoon

Police walk by inflated helium balloons of Baby Shark and Sinclair’s Dino on Wednesday afternoon

A man inspects a float of Tom Turkey that is lined up for the parade

A man inspects a float of Tom Turkey that is lined up for the parade

A man inspects a float of Tom Turkey that is lined up for the parade

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