Linde Helium Lifts Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® Balloons on Thanksgiving

Continuing its tradition, Murray Hill-based Linde North America Inc., has supplied helium for the 20th consecutive year to fill the world-renowned balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. This year marks the 88th annual Macy’s Parade, with 16 giant character balloons, 33 novelty/ornament balloons, 27 floats, 12 bands and more than 8,000 participants making the more than two-mile trek down the streets of New York City today.

Linde North America Inc., is a member of The Linde Group, a world leading gases and engineering company and one of the world’s largest helium suppliers. Since 1994 Linde has been the sole provider of helium to inflate the giant balloons that sail over the streets of New York City lifting the spirits of people, young and old, and marking the official beginning of the holiday season. The event is expected to draw over 50 million television viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators lining the streets along the parade route.  

Pat Murphy, president, Linde North America, said, “The parade is America’s most recognizable Thanksgiving event and has become an institution that people throughout the U.S. and abroad look forward to year after year. Linde is proud of its longstanding relationship with Macy’s and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

John Piper, vice president, Macy’s Parade Studio, said, “Our giant helium character balloons, including four new balloons this year – ‘six new giants including The Weinstein Company’s Paddington, Pokemon International’s Pikachu, Pillsbury®‘s Pillsbury Doughboy®, Power Rangers’ Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, Skylanders® Eruptor, and Mattel’s Thomas the Tank Engine® are the signature of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. And our long-time relationship with Linde gives us the helium that’s crucial to bringing our world-famous balloons to life.”

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