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New Balloons Thanksgiving Day Parade 2022: Wonder Bread, Soccer Star Debut

There will be eye-catching debutantes floating through the streets of New York for the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Every year, dozens of floats and balloons parade through the streets of New York. Some new additions have already been announced, while fans also expect a few surprises along the parade route.

The 2022 parade officially kicks off at 9 a.m. ET from West 77th Street and Central Park West. Floats, balloons, balloon handlers and performers will parade for three hours before the parade ends at noon ET on 34th Street across from Macy’s Herald Square.

The parade, in its 96th year, will feature 28 floats, 16 character balloons, 12 marching bands, 10 performance bands and more.

Here’s a roundup of what’s new for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2022.

In 2022, balloons inspired by several children’s characters will make their way onto the parade route.

Updates include an inflatable Minion from Despicable Me; a baby shark balloon; a new dinosaur, the Apatosaurus; a new Diary of a Wimpy Kid inflatable and a new ball from the children’s TV hit blue

Reportedly, some New Yorkers believe they saw a Bad Bunny-inspired balloon being inflated in Central Park. Pleasemynews contacted Macy’s for confirmation of the launch of an inflatable based on the Puerto Rican rapper.

Wonder Bread is launching a float for the first time as the company celebrates its 101st anniversary. The vehicle was dubbed the “Wondership”, with country singer Cam performing on board.

“I think it’s special because we’re pushing our limits,” said Jordan Dabby, vice president of partnership marketing at Macy’s. Pleasemynews. “With this tank, we’re doing things we’ve never done before… It’s a fun, whimsical visual.”

Ashley Smith, Wonder Bread Brand Manager, said Pleasemynews that the float will include familiar touches, like the kitchen staple’s famous colors represented by bright balloons and confetti.

“Apart from direct branding, we really wanted to reflect on the foundations we had built ourselves on, which of course inspires joy,” Smith said. “White bread isn’t colorful, but Wonder is. Everyone knows those colors – red, yellow and blue – are just iconic.”

Other new additions include a “Supersized Slumber” float from Netflix, which promotes their new movie sleeping country with Jason Momoa. Toys “R” Us will also have a new tank, and Macy’s legacy tree tank will pay homage to the Wampanoag Tribe.

Just in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Fox Sports is showing its support for American football players with a ball-and-float hybrid that features “Striker, the star of American football”.

The ball’s debut comes a day before the United States Men’s National Team will face England in the group stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs live on NBC and airs on Peacock Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones.

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