Hello Kitty Balloon Joins Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

New Kitty, Papa Smurf and Elf on the Shelf in the 16 balloons at the 86th annual parade

This year, Hello Kitty gets her paws into the classical annual spectacle of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as one of three new character balloons - Papa Smurf and Elf on The Shelf being the other two. Perhaps reflecting the retro nature of the event, Kitty's balloon flies a propeller plane.


The major challenges this year involved making Hello’s Kitty’s trademark red bow and balancing Papa Smurf’s blue legs to appear as if he’s dancing.


Japanese pop culture is also represented in the 16 balloons at the 86th annual parade by Pokemon's Pikachu.



If you're living in America, do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?


via NY Post and @rolandkelts


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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