Best Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Introduced in the 2010s

The Top Ten

1 Adventure Time with Finn & Jake Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio)—a dog with the magical power to change shape more.

I remember I went nuts when this balloon was announced all the way back in 2013. It was back in the good old days when Cartoon Network used to promote AT as its #1 show. They had commercials about it and everything. I don't know if it's still part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Line-Up. I wouldn't be surprised if they have a Teen Titans Go balloon instead. - phillysports

Adventure Time took the world by storm in 2010, both with its show's quality and how it ushered in an era of renaissance for Cartoon Network. So it definitely deserved to get a balloon based on the franchise at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! The balloon would first make its debut in 2013. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

This show was like ugh my childhood - EliHbk

2 Po - Kung Fu Panda

Marking the turn of a new decade that we're still in the late years of, Po from Kung Fu Panda acts as one of the main highlights of balloons introduced at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the 2010's. This balloon would first debut in 2010. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

3 Sonic the Hedgehog (2nd Version) Sonic the Hedgehog, trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog, is the title character and protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by SEGA, as well as numerous spin-off comics, five animated shows, and an animated OVA.

And now we have the second version of the first video game character to be featured as a balloon in parade history. This time around, this updated balloon is based on Sonic's Modern design. And it couldn't have it come at a better time when it came out a year after the beloved Sonic Colors was released! This balloon would first debut in 2011. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

4 Spongebob Squarepants (2nd Version) SpongeBob SquarePants is a fictional character and the titular character and protagonist of the American animated television series of the same name.

Now we get another second version of a pre-existing balloon on this list. We all know about SpongeBob getting an updated balloon where it has him wearing a Santa hat as a tribute to the stop-motion It's A SpongeBob Christmas! T.V. special. This one debuted in 2013. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

5 Toothless - How to Train Your Dragon

And now we have another balloon based on a DreamWorks movie. For this one, it's based on Toothless the Dragon from How to Train Your Dragon. It first made its debut in 2013. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

6 Thomas the Tank Engine

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is supposed to be the heaviest and largest balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in terms of helium volume. So this balloon is based on Thomas the Tank Engine from Thomas and Friends. It first made its debut in 2014. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

7 Pikachu (3rd Version) Pikachu are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation.

SpongeBob isn't the only one to get a holiday update on this list of this decade. Pikachu got one as well where he's wearing winter clothing and holding a miniature snow Pikachu. This balloon debuted in 2014. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Love that version of Pikachu.

8 Scrat - Ice Age

And now we have Blue Sky's first balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. And it's none other than Scrat from the Ice Age franchise. This ballon first made its debut in 2015. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

9 Olaf - Frozen Olaf the Snowman is a character from the 2013 animated film Frozen, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.

I'm a bit surprised why they haven't already given us a Frozen balloon since Frozen came out years ago back in 2013. Anyways, this balloon is based off of Olaf, which will debut this year in 2017 as I write this comment. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

10 The Grinch The Grinch is a fictional character created by Dr. Seuss. He first appeared as the main character of the 1957 Christmas story How the Grinch Stole Christmas! In 1982, he appeared in a crossover with the Cat in the Hat, with the 25 minute episode 'The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat' and in 2018 will more.

Either Macy's is trying to capitalize on Illumination's upcoming animated movie based on The Grinch Who Stole Christmas or just that they wanted something to go along with Olaf for the holiday theme. The Grinch did make his first appearance as a falloon (a combination of a float and balloon) back in 1997, but this year, he'll be back after 15 years as a balloon in 2017. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

The Contenders

11 Sprout

The Spout Daytime float was used from 2012 to 2016.

12 Zhu Zhu Pets

It was first debut in 2011 as the Zhuniverse.

13 Chase (Paw Patrol)

It was first debut in 2017.

14 The Smurfs 2

It was soft debut in 2012 as Papa Smurf before the movie.

It was first debut in 2013 as Papa Smurf.

15 Fijit Friends

She is Willa as a parade balloon!

16 Disney Princess Palace Pets

She is Treasure and Pumpkin as parade balloons!

It was first debut in 2015 as Whisker Haven.

17 Sylvester Sylvester J. Pussycat Sr., usually called Sylvester, is a fictional character, a three-time Academy Award-winning anthropomorphic, 40, 50, or 60-Inch tall Tuxedo cat in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons.

Re-creation for the 1950s and 1960s balloons.

18 Hello Kitty

It was first debut in 2012.

19 Powerpuff Girls (2016) The Powerpuff Girls is an American animated television series created by animator Craig McCracken for Cartoon Network.

They were first debut in 2016. All-new!

20 Jett (Super Wings)

It was first debut in 2017 in the English dub.

21 Pirate's Booty

It was first debut in 2014.

22 Trolls

It was first debut in 2016.

23 Star vs. the Forces of Evil "Star vs. the Forces of Evil" is an American animated television comedy produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney XD. It was created by Daron Nefcy and developed by Jordana Arkin and Dave Wasson. The series follows teenage magical princess from the dimension of Mewni Star Butterfly and her more.

It was first debut in 2017.

24 Glimmies
25 The Elves
26 Red - The Angry Birds Movie
27 Zoobles
28 Lalaloopsy

She is Jewel Sparkles and Crumbs Sugar Cookie as parade balloons!

29 Maya the Bee Maya the Bee is a German-Australian computer-animated comedy television series produced by Studio 100 Animation in association with ZDF and TF1. It is based on the character Maya the Bee introduced in 1912. This is the second animated adaptation focused on the character, after the anime Mitsubachi Māya more.
30 Gravity Falls Gravity Falls is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation that first aired on Disney Channel, and then on Disney XD from June 15, 2012 to February 15, 2016. The series follows the adventures of Dipper Pines and his twin sister Mabel in the fictional town of Gravity more.
31 My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)

It was first debut in 2017 in theaters.

32 Felix the Cat Felix the Cat is a funny-animal cartoon character created in the silent film era. The anthropomorphic black cat with his black body, white eyes, and giant grin, coupled with the surrealism of the situations in which his cartoons place him, combine to make Felix one of the most recognized cartoon characters more.
33 Red Power Ranger
34 Harold the Baseball Player
35 Charlie Brown
36 Trixie the Dog
37 Beatbo & Friends

There are Beatbo and Beatbelle as parade balloons! Awesome!

It was first debut in 2016 as BeatBo and BeatBelle. Awesome!

38 Aflac Duck
39 Harold the Police Officer
40 Tom Turkey
41 Tweety Bird Tweety is an animated fictional yellow canary in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated cartoons. The name "Tweety" is a play on words, as it originally meant "sweetie", along with "tweet" being a typical English chick for the sounds of birds.

It was first debut in 2016 with Sylvester Cat.

42 Skylanders
43 Snoopy Snoopy is a character in comic strip Peanuts. He first appears in the strip from October 4 1950. He often sleeps on the top of his dog house. He belongs to Charlie Brown. He was created by Charles M. Schulz. He also appears in all the specials and the 2015 Peanuts Movie.

It was first debut in 2013 with Woodstock.

44 Kool-Aid Man
45 Diary of a Wimpy Kid
46 Julius the Sock Monkey
47 Sour Patch Kids
48 Beat Bugs

They are Jay, Crick, Walter, Kumi, and Buzz as parade balloons!

It was first debut in 2017. Awesome!

49 Ocean Spray

It was right before "Sailor Moon Crystal" float in November 2015.

50 Paddington

It was first debut in 2014 until 2016.

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