As impossible as it may seem, there has never been a Star Wars-themed balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. No Darth Vader soaring above the midtown Manhattan streets, nary an R2-D2 spreading joy across the skyline, not even a giant floating Jar-Jar to rile the crowd of New Yorkers. It’s unthinkable, right?
But then again, there’s never been a character quite like Grogu before. Since making his debut in The Mandalorian, the mysterious green child (whose alleged love of chicken nuggets instantly became the stuff of Internet legend) has captured the imagination of fans across the globe.
As one can imagine, he’s also become a merchandising bonanza. Enter Funko. The purveyor of POP!s teamed up with Lucasfilm for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — the event’s 95th — to create a Grogu balloon that is styled like one of the company’s trademark balloons. On November 13th I had the opportunity to watch Grogu take to the skies for the first time ever when Macy’s unveiled their latest balloons (which also include a truly disquieting Ronald McDonald effort) at their Balloon Day event.
Grogu is just ENORMOUS, measuring 41-feet high, 29-feet long, and 37-feet wide. Reader, I did get a bit emotional being in his presence too because this character means so much to so many, and the thought of the balloon thrilling the crowds both in person and at home made me remember that, oh yeah, this time of year can be full of magic and wonder after all.
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