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    Posted November 21, 2012 by
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    Macy's Parade Balloon Inflation


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter RVCFOTO captured these stunning images of the giant helium inflatable balloons that form the most spectacular part of Macy's annual Thanksgiving parade in New York City. An entire team of technicians is on hand to ensure that the balloons are sufficiently inflated -- and secured so they don't float away. "It was so much fun for both the parents and the children there watching the balloons coming to life," she said. Our iReporter will be attending Thursday's parade, which comes as the city slowly recovers following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Macy's Giant Helium Balloon Inflations has become a big attraction for both New Yorkers and visitors before the big Thanksgiving Day Parade. Balloons are inflated next to the Museum of Natural History on the upper west side of Manhattan for all to see.

    The Elf on the Shelf one of the new balloons this year will make its debut at the parade on Thursday. Co-Authors Chanda Bell with her mother Carol Aebersold along with her twin sister Christa Pitts where on hand to see the books character come life. Dany Jones full time Macy's balloon technician was happy to pose with Santa Claus one of the many balloons he's made thoughout his 23 years of working at Macy's.

    #1 Macy's All Star
    #2 Smurf
    #3 Cloe
    #4 Spiderman
    #5 Spongebob
    #6 Sonic the Hedgehog
    #7 Kermit the Frog
    #8 The Elf on the Shelf
    #9 Chanda, Carol and Christa-The Elf on the Shelf
    #10 Dany Jones with Santa Claus

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