Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Ronald McDonald Balloon Scorched by Twitter

Days after the 93rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the partially deflated Ronald McDonald balloon continues to be all the talk on Twitter. As the balloon joined dozens of others along the parade route from 77th Street and Central Park West in Manhattan to Macy's flagship store in Herald Square, it suffered a major tear in its leg that saw it quickly deflating and forced it to be pulled out of the parade before it was able to finish the route. Days later, social media is still buzzing over the mishap.

“THE RONALD MCDONALD BALLOON WAS DESTROYED BY A TREE WHICH TORE HIS FRONT LEG AT THE MACYS THANKSGIVING DAG PARADE,” one person tweeted. “I'm going back to Facebook…Just kidding.”

“Heard that the Ronald McDonald balloon had to be removed yesterday from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade because it ripped.. maybe it should be eating fewer meals at McDonalds!” another joked.

“At the Macy’s parade, Ronald McDonald had to take a knee when the balloon developed rip,” a third tweeted. “Not only did Ronald not finish the parade but he also lost any chance of playing QB in the NFL.”

Although the balloon generated plenty of talk, some viewers watching from home were only able to get a peek at it on the internet, as NBC opted to show footage from last year's parade, when the balloon was intact.

Introduced in 2015, the current Ronald McDonald balloon measures 61 feet long, 29 feet wide, and 67 feet tall, though it suffered a 3-inch tear to its leg on Thanksgiving Day. According to balloon handlers who spoke to the New York Post, the tear was noticed just before the parade began, though it initially did not alarm anyone due to its small size. By the time they reached Columbus Circle, however, the tear had gotten worse, and it was pulled from the lineup when volunteers were about 10 blocks from the flagship Macy's store.

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"Some of the balloons suffered stress and tears during the overnight inflation which resulted in the Ronald McDonald giant balloon being pulled midway through the Parade,” Macy’s spokesman Orlando Veras told the Post.

The balloon is expected to be repaired and ready to fly by next year’s parade.

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