The 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was full of surprises. Of course, it’s tradition for something to go wrong with the floats. This year, a new addition to the fleet of floats hit a snafu.
The newly introduced Monkey D. Luffy float from the hit manga series One Piece encountered an issue during the parade. In a video captured earlier in the route, the Monkey D. Luffy balloon collided with a tree, causing its straw hat to tear open. As it reached 34th Street, the entire brim of the hat appeared limp and floppy. Footage of the incident was shared on Twitter.
“Rest in one piece,” one Twitter user quipped at the sight. “See, if I were in charge of the Macy Thanksgiving parade, I would make the balloons out of solid 4ton cast iron,” another user joked. “That way no measly tree would be able to pop them,” they added. Still, other Twitter users had more practical advice. “That’s why you need to plan this stuff out better. Cut the edges of the branches ahead of time,” a parade fan wrote.
Other Floats Suffered at the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
However, Monkey D. Luffy wasn’t the only character that seemed a bit deflated during the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As floats and balloons paraded through NYC streets, spectators took to social media, expressing surprise at deflated floats. “Why are so many balloons deflated this year,” another Twitter user wrote.
Snoopy, with a deflated hat, was among the first balloons that exhibited signs of inflation problems. The float also seemed to be flying a bit low to the ground. Perhaps poor Snoopy hit the same tree branch that Monkey D. Luffy encountered.
Other beloved children’s characters suffered from deflation issues. Diary of a Wimpy Kid”s Greg Heffley seemed to have a hand that was totally limp. Meanwhile, another new float, a duck named Uncle Dan from the upcoming animated film Migration seemed to have issues. One of Uncle Dan’s wings was totally deflated.
However, one moment in particular from the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was disheartening to 80s and 90s kids. During the Toys “R” Us float’s appearance in front of Macy’s on 34th Street, observant viewers couldn’t help but notice that the inflatable Geoffrey the giraffe had a droop in its neck. Not quite the nostalgic return to form fans were hoping for.
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