McDonalds Reveals Updated Ronald McDonald Balloon for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

With Thanksgiving Day fast approaching, it’s time to get excited about the new edition of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. McDonald’s has been an integral part of the parade for more than 30 years with its Ronald McDonald balloon, featuring the fast food chain’s mascot that delights fans and brings smiles to children as it soars into the sky. McDonald’s USA will unveil the latest Ronald McDonald balloon design during the 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, as it symbolizes how much McDonald’s Chief Happiness Officer loves those in attendance and watching live at home.

The fifth Ronald McDonald balloon design marks the longstanding partnership between Macy’s and McDonald’s, as the restaurant’s Chief Happiness Officer will now be holding a heart, a symbol of his role in bringing happiness and joy to communities around the world. Ronald’s first appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade was in 1966, with the ball making its debut in 1987. It is believed to be the oldest single character ball in the history of the Thanksgiving Parade from Macy. You can take a look at the new ball below.

(Photo: McDonald’s USA)

The image of the Ronald McDonald ball sits at Citi Field in New York, home of the New York Mets baseball team. Ronald holds the heart in both hands close to his chest, feet up. There have been various other balloon designs over the years: from 2000 to 2008, Ronald McDonald in his familiar red-white-yellow costume representing the colors of the Food Chain. 2009-2014 added a green scarf to Ronald’s neck to keep him warm in the New York winter elements. His right hand also has the “thumbs up” position. Next, 2015 put Ronald McDonald in a sleek red jacket that got him ready to greet all the parade customers.

Finally, McDonald’s USA released a behind-the-scenes video detailing the making of Ronald McDonald’s new heart balloon. It shows how engineers use scientific machines to put the balloon together and how to bring its vibrant colors to life.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place Thursday, November 25 at 9 a.m. ET on NBC.