Source: New York Post
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will make its annual procession through New York City on Thursday. As usual, the highlight will be the gigantic helium-filled balloons floating through towards Herald Square. This year, Finn and Jake from Adventure Time and Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon join a long list of characters that have been immortalized as parade balloons. That list includes Snoopy, Spider-Man, Mickey Mouse, Superman, Bullwinkle, and Bart Simpson.
While it’s cool Finn and Jake made the cut this year, there are still many worthy characters who have never been in the Macy’s Parade, but should be. Here’s a quick list of characters who really deserve a look into being added to the parade’s lineup next year.
How cool would it be for R2-D2 to be a balloon in the Macy’s Parade? The small but heroic droid shows that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. As the Star Wars franchise prepares to return to the limelight, having an R2-D2 balloon in the parade would be great publicity.
The Macy’s parade already has Spider-Man, but there ought to be room for another Marvel character above the skies of NYC on Thanksgiving Day. As The Avengers-related films have become the one of the more dominant film franchise of the past few years, it’s time that gets recognized. As the Iron Man films helped start off the Avengers’s march to the silver screen, it’s appropriate Tony Stark gets the spot in the parade.
Why should Marvel have all the parade fun? It’s time a DC super-hero crashed the party, and who better to do it than Batman? The Dark Knight has been a presence in comics, TV and in film since 1939. It’s about time Macy’s takes note of that.
Winnie-the-Pooh has been a beloved childhood character almost 90 years. Whether in A.A. Milne’s classic books in the more familiar form from his appearances in Disney cartoons, Pooh Bear is as much a part of childhood as potty-training. (Hey this is The Outhouse. Don’t say that you weren’t expecting that one.)
Yes, it’s one of those darn My Little Pony characters Deal with it. But girls watch the Macy’s Parade too (and so do *sigh* bronies), and they deserve character balloons of their own. You can’t deny the success of the My Little Pony toy line, so the Macy’s Parade should take note of that.
It’s amazing that Fred hasn’t been a character balloon by now. The Flintstones have remained a popular cartoon franchise for over fifty years, and still remains as identifiable as ever.
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