Thursday, November 24, 2022

Baby Shark, SpongeBob, PAW Patrol, Blue's Clues, The Smurfs and Ryan's World to Take Center Stage at 96th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's has announced that the SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary and Chase from PAW Patrol balloons as well as the Blue's Clues & You! float will be part of the 96th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Also, making its debut this year is Nickelodeon and The Pinkfong Company's brand-new Baby Shark float balloon hybrid element,

Also making a return to this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be the Red Titan from "Ryan's World" balloon, first introduced in 2020, and Papa Smurf from The Smurfs!

The 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on NBC-TV and stream on Peacock, Thursday, November 24, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, in all time zones. For more information visit To follow and participate in the excitement, check out @macys on various social platforms and follow #MacysParade.

About Nickelodeon's Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons and floats:

Pinkfong Baby Shark
Nickelodeon and The Pinkfong Company

You’re invited to celebrate Thanksgiving in a jaw-some underwater celebration as Baby Shark makes a fin-tastic splash in his first swim down the Parade route. Leading the way in sub-aquatic style are Mommy Shark, Daddy Shark, Grandma Shark & Grandpa Shark.

Performer: Ziggy Marley

Fun Fact:

The float’s underwater seascape features eight starfish & three different species of anemone—can you spot them all?

SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary Balloon
Giant Balloon | Nickelodeon

This optimistic sea sponge—so popular he’s mentioned on social media every five seconds—is all smiles as he returns on Thanksgiving for his 19th appearance. SpongeBob is accompanied by pet snail Gary, so get ready for some F-U-N!

In 2004, optimistic sea sponge made history as the Parade’s first-ever square balloon and this year, In 2019, SpongeBob returned from his parade hiatus to take to the sky with his pet snail Gary in tow. The brand-new SpongeBob balloon takes on his unique shape with the help of more than 800 internal tie-lines that pull the single chamber sphere balloon into a square. Get ready for some F-U-N!

By the numbers:

  • 44 feet tall or as high as a 4 story building
  • 46 feet long or as long as 8 bicycles
  • 36 feet wide or as wide as 7 taxi cabs
Fun facts:

  • This is SpongeBob’s third balloon in the Parade; he made his first appearance in 2004 & was redesigned for his second balloon in 2013. SpongeBob was also the first square balloon in the Parade.
  • SpongeBob is so popular he’s mentioned on social media every five seconds!

Chase from PAW Patrol Balloon:
Giant Balloon | Nickelodeon

Hailing all the way from Adventure Bay, PAW Patrol’s Chase will journey from Adventure Bay to Manhattan’s skyline, taking to the sky as a giant character helium balloon this Thanksgiving. This fearless German Shepherd rescue pup from the globally beloved preschool series, PAW Patrol, is ready to come to the ruff-ruff-rescue & show the citizens of New York that “no job is too big, no pup is too small.”

Making its maiden flight in 2017, the balloon features Chase donning his signature navy blue police uniform.

By the numbers:

  • 43 feet tall or as high as a 4 story building
  • 60 feet long or as long as 10 bicycles
  • 36 feet wide or as wide as 7 taxi cabs
Fun fact:

  • Chase’s hat could cover an actual police squad car & his paws are larger than two full-grown Great Dane dogs.

The Smurfs
Giant Balloon | Nickelodeon

Dancing his way down the route again, decked out in his signature red hat & boots, is Papa Smurf! Clutching his cane & clicking his heels to the delight of fans who are thrilled that The Smurfs series returned to their screens with all-new adventures this fall on Nickelodeon, proving once more that “you can’t keep a good Smurf down.”

By the numbers:

  • 51 feet tall or as high as a 4 story building
  • 43 feet long or as long as 7 bicycles
  • 36 feet wide or as wide as 7 taxis
Fun fact:

  • There is nothing small about this version of Papa Smurf; he is taller than a four-story building.

Blue's Clues & You! Float
Specialty Unit | Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues & You! heads to the Big Apple in an all-new movie coming to Paramount+, Blue’s Big City Adventure, & to celebrate, Blue & Josh are returning to the Parade Thanksgiving morning. But you can’t spell Blue without Y-O-U! Join the playdate with everyone’s favorite preschool puppy, Josh, & their NYC friends too!

Performer: Josh Dela Cruz

Fun Fact:

  • Blue has been marking clues in the Parade since 1999; she’s been both a balloon & a float.

Red Titan from Ryan's World Balloon
Giant Balloon | Sunlight Entertainment &

Swooping in to save the day this holiday season is Red Titan, the brave and kind alter-ego of Ryan from Ryan’s World and Ryan's Mystery Playdate. This larger-than-life, pint-sized superhero is making his third Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance this year.

By the numbers:

42 feet tall or as high as a 4 story building
51 feet long or as long as 9 bicycles
28 feet wide or as wide as 6 taxis

Fun fact: The Red Titan’s cape is the largest in the Parade, with over 15 gallons of red paint used.

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Originally published: October 08, 2022.

Additional source: Just Jared Jr.

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