With Thanksgiving just days away, final preparations are underway for the much-anticipated Macy’s Parade. This year, as a show of thanks and gratitude to the fans, the sporting community has decided to join in the annual tradition by entering a number of new balloons.
In honor of their star sports reporter Ines Sainz, Mexico’s TV Azteca has entered what they are calling a “Bootie-loon.” Parade officials admit, no matter where this balloon goes, people are always commenting about it.
Wanting to add more “awesomeness” to the Macy’s spectacle, San Francisco Giants relief ace Brian Wilson teamed up with perennial parade favorite Buzz Lightyear.
The two have a lot in common. Both believe in the motto “coming to save the day,” and both are considered to be true space cadets.
The National Hockey League decided to enter a balloon that best represented the sacrifices needed to play the sport.
Originally the league wanted to build a Gary Bettman balloon, but while filling it with helium, it exploded. Apparently it was already over-inflated.
A group of former major league baseball players entered a balloon they thought would hit a home run with the crowds.
Little did they realize the consequences of their lofty ambition.
One of the most photographed balloons this year will be the Brett Favre balloon.
Although considered very popular, this balloon has the tendency to stray off course. During a test run, the balloon left the parade route and headed straight for Times Square.
In light of recent controversies surrounding potential Heisman Trophy candidates, the Heisman committee decided the Macy’s parade would be a good opportunity to exhibit a possible new design of their trophy.
The New York Rangers wanted to enter a Sean Avery balloon into the parade but due to a scheduling conflict, were unable. Instead, the hockey team partnered with Mr. Potato Head, feeling he accurately captured the essence of Mr. Avery.