A video of the Power Rangers celebrating their 20th anniversary at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013 has resurfaced. The clip shows the Super Mega Rangers joining forces with the OG Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (excluding the White Ranger). It showcased their synchronized dance moves to the electrifying theme song of Power Rangers Megaforce.
Perhaps those over 40 need some background. Premiering on August 28, 1993, on the Fox Kids programming block, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (MMPR) is an iconic American superhero television series. Serving as the inaugural installment of the Power Rangers franchise, it swiftly became a pop culture sensation in the 1990s. The series was accompanied by an extensive range of toys, action figures, and merchandise.
In 1995, the series spawned a big-screen film, aptly titled Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. In 2017, another film adaptation simply called Power Rangers debuted, boasting stars such as Elizabeth Banks and Bryan Cranston.
Of course, 90s kids everywhere were hit with waves of nostalgia after viewing the Power Rangers clip on social media. “The OGs!!!” one super fan exclaimed on Twitter. Another fan had a more practical observation. “Honestly seeing MMPR in the parade was a surprise,” they Tweeted. “Kudos to the suit actors, having to perform in literally spandex during winter in NY,” that added.
The Power Rangers Were Once a Fixture of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
From 2010 to 2019, the Power Rangers made appearances in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in different ways. However, since 2019, the Power Rangers franchise has not been represented in any form at the parade.
From 2010 to 2013, the Power Rangers joined the Planet Earth balloon in captivating choreographed performances. These promoted upcoming seasons on Nickelodeon for the following year.
In 2014, the iconic Earth balloon was replaced with a new one inspired by the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. This vibrant balloon continued the tradition of promoting upcoming seasons.
Per a press release, the super-sized Power Ranger, designed by Nicolette Davenport from Saban Brands’ Creative Department, began development in February 2014. Executives initially requested various pose options, including horizontal, side action-kicking, and upright poses. After sculpting a 3-foot-tall clay model, the balloon creation process started.
In total, the balloon took eight months to create and measured a remarkable 77 feet in length, earning its place as one of the longest balloons in the history of the Parade. It was closely followed by Sinclair’s DINO. Throughout its six consecutive appearances, the balloon served as a constant reminder to fans that “Together, we are one.” However, it was eventually retired after the 2019 Parade.
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