10 Children’s Characters That Deserve A Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is making it’s way through the streets of New York City. Hello Kitty, Papa Smurf, and Spongebob are floating in the air for the world to admire. Dora the Explorer is hiding somewhere in there, yelling at everyone to say, “Map.”

As I watch the parade of children’s characters that have earned “Parade Balloon Status,” I have to admit that I’m a little underwhelmed. I mean, Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Really?

There are better cartoons out there, my friends. There are better characters, much more deserving of cheer and adoration this Thanksgiving. So I humbly submit the following for consideration. Please add on in the comments and let us know which characters you thing deserve a little love from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Alright, I might catch some flack for this, but Barbie is one of the most iconic children's characters ever. She's beloved by little kids everywhere. Barbie could use a little recognition.

Doc McStuffins

The era of Dora the Explorer is over. The Doc is in. I think this little girl, whose popularity is growing every day, will be getting her own balloon someday soon.

Harry Potter

How is it that Harry Potter never made it into the air? An entire generation grew up with this boy. Sure, he wasn't really a cartoon. But there are plenty of Harry drawings to work from.

Power Puff Girls

These petite little superheroes are still some of the most awesome cartoon characters ever. Give them some love, Macy's.

Super Mario Brothers

How is it that Sonic the Hedgehog gets a float but Mario and Luigi are shut out in the cold? These are the OG gaming characters.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This one is kind of cheating. These guys got their own float for the first time this year. I would just love to see the turtles floating down the streets of New York. Adding a Shredder in there would be even better.

The Grinch

Hello!!! He's one of the best characters that we're about to see in the next month. If Santa gets to come down in the parade, the Grinch should get to come too.

Minnie Mouse

Mickey has been in the parade numerous times. Where's Minnie's balloon? Why are we shutting out the girl mouse?

Winnie the Pooh

Call me a traditionalist, but how did Winnie the Pooh never earn a float? Pooh Bear wouldn't be that difficult of a float. He's a big ball of fluff.

Wonder Woman

Why is Spiderman the only superhero in the show? Wonder Woman would make a great addition to the parade. Honestly, I would feel a little safer if she was there.


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    • nevilleross

      Wonder Woman doesn’t fit in the parade for the same reason Superman (who was there from 1939 up to around sometime in the 1990′s) doesn’t; she’s not a symbol of New York (nor it’s protector) and DC Comics probably doesn’t want to license her for some reason.