Dragon Ball Super’s Goku Balloon Flies At Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

For the first time ever, a Shonen manga character will appear in this year’s Macy’s parade.


Photo Courtesy: Macy's

Poster released by Macy’s.

Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade will be the perfect event to celebrate the upcoming North American release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, where the Saiyan’s latest form will appear as a giant balloon through the streets of Manhattan on November 22.

Screenshot via Instagram
Instagram viewers join Funimation’s live video to look at Goku in his balloon form for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22nd.

Toei Animation and Macy’s studio artists have worked intensively on the Balloon’s clay model based on drawings and color palettes. Accuracy in the character’s expressions will be no problem since Macy’s is working alongside the franchise’s studio.


Although images of the physical balloon have not yet released, a sneak peek of its test flight appeared live on Funimation’s Instagram story November 3rd.  Along with other tested balloons that will be flying through Times Square.


During the Live video, over a hundred Macy’s employees released a net that was keeping the balloon restrained. Workers held on to its strings to prevent it from floating away. The Balloon is 70 feet long, 36 feet wide and 56 feet tall.


Funimation’s social content producer, Lauren Moore hosted the Live story and answered questions from the viewers.


Meanwhile, Goku will join Frozen’s Olaf, the Red Ranger, Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon and Pikachu in the annual parade.  


Macy’s original announcement stated:


“The legendary hero of Dragon Ball takes to the streets of Manhattan for his parade debut this year ahead of his starring role in the North American theatrical release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly this January. Goku, the star of the iconic Japanese Animation franchise Dragon Ball, is a Saiyan warrior who was sent to destroy Earth as a child. When a brain injury changed Goku’s programming, he became peaceful, good-natured, loving and honest. Many adjectives that describe the celebration of Thanksgiving!”


Macy’s also released a vibrant and joyous poster. The poster’s visual focus was on Goku, along with characters that relate to the holiday. You can find the illustration and information about the event on Macy’s social website.


Macy’s Annual holiday parade is scheduled for November 22nd on NBC from 9:00 a.m. to noon Eastern Time. The Japanese Manga character will take it’s Super Saiyan Blue form in the event.


Sadly, Goku has surpassed Vegeta yet again with his prominent feature for this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. To say the least, he will appear in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. The 20th Dragon Ball film and will premiere in US theatres on January 16. 2019.

A version of this article will appear on Tuesday, Nov. 6 print edition.