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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Smurfs
The Smurfs made their debut at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2008. See fantastic photos and videos of Papa Smurf, Smurf and Smurfette on the streets of New York!
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with The Smurfs

In 2008, the Smurfs joined the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. The Smurfs continued their appearance at the parade in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Macy's held its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 27, 2008 and featured The Smurfs as a parade float for the very first time. The Smurf balloon is 57' long, 28' wide, and 47' tall. The Smurf float itself feaures Smurf, Smurfette, Papa Smurf and a mushroom house.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast on NBC... watch it now!
 Macy's Smurf Balloon 2008 Poster
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Smurf Balloon

Macy's Smurf Balloon
Macy's Smurf Balloon

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade features a huge Smurf balloon hovering in the sky. It's spectacular to look at and reaches over 47 feet in height.

The Smurf balloon is filled with helium and guided on the ground by balloon handlers dressed as Smurfs.

The video on the left gives a close-up view of the Macy's Smurf Balloon as it passes by, as well as a view of the balloon handlers wearing Smurf outfits (including blue pants and white Smurf hats!)

Macy's Smurf Float
Macy's Smurf Float

The Smurf float is a parade float that travels along the Macy's parade route through the streets of New York.

The Smurfs Mushroom House float is actually known as a "falloon" - which is a combination of a float and a balloon.

In addition to the Smurf float, this video also includes footage of the Smurf balloon.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's is a world-renowned high-end department store. Beginning in 1924, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been held every year on Thanksgiving Day in Manhattan Island, New York. The parade features floats, music, broadway musicals, and marching bands.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the most watched and celebrated parade in the world, and there is nothing that really compares to it. There are giant balloons featuring so many of your favorite cartoon characters... Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Mickey Mouse, Ronald McDonald, Spiderman, Superman, Bugs Bunny and Kermit the Frog. There are also balloons featuring Curious George, Garfield, Yogi Bear, Bart Simpson, Betty Boop and Popeye. Did you know that Olive Oyl was the first female character in the parade's history - in 1982! More recently, Pillsbury Doughboy, Buzz Lightyear, Hello Kitty, and SpongeBob SquarePants have been added to the line-up.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Smurf Balloon

The Smurfs FloatPapa Smurf on Float
Papa Smurf at Macy's ParadeSmurf and Smurfette at Macy's Parade

Macy's Parade Smurfs on NBC (Smurfs @ 3:33 min)
Hosted by Matt Lauer & Meredith Vieira

Inflating Smurf BalloonSmurf Balloon Inflation

Inflating the Smurf Balloon

The night before Thanksgiving Day, New Yorkers gather for another tradition - watching the Macy's Parade balloons get inflated with helium. Near the American Museum of Natural History, the huge balloons - which take up two full city blocks - are slowly blown up on the streets of New York. Sandbags and nets are used to keep the giant balloons in place during the night.

Just don't tell Gargamel about this perfect Smurf catching technique - a net and sandbags!

Helium Smurf BalloonSmurf Balloon Handlers
Macys Parade Smurf BalloonThanksgiving Day Smurf Balloon

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